Asian Writers

June is dedicated to authors with ASIAN ORIGIN....review of books in this category will be posted all month....

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tell No One

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Story in brief: David Beck, a doctor who has dedicated his life for the noble cause of helping the poor/needy children, continues to mourn the loss of his wife, who was murdered eight years ago. Out of the blue, he gets mysterious emails which leads him to dig up the past and in the process he realizes that things are not what they appear (do they ever? what would be the fun in that?). At the cost of risking his life, Beck pursues doggedly, sure that the real murderer is still lurking free.


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This is my first book my Coben Harlan and I had read rave reviews about his books, including this one. It is a fast paced thriller, but not the nail biting, spine chilling, adrenaline pumping ...you get the gist...kind of book. No matter, how many times the author uses 'sent a cold chill'... as a reader I didn't quite agree with him.
Reading the book, you get a distinct impression that this is a Hollywood flick, or written with that in mind. I think a lot of books these days are written with that dual purpose print and movie - a combo deal....more money (for the author/publisher!). There was no effort to build suspense, the real killer/motive was pretty much apparent in the initial chapters itself. The book has loopholes, which you can overlook (or forced too), just like David Beck did when he accepted his wife's death for what it was. He preferred to grieve alone, and not be part of the courtroom drama, so perhaps he missed the crucial point that the supposed killer was not being tried for his wife's murder! Overlook....overlook...

The end of the book that is supposed to be a 'twist' leads to the popping of several questions - Beck's supposed guilt that was mentioned in the first chapter and revealed in the last chapter,  had a definite bearing on all the events that ensued. How could he have so blindly overlooked all of that and just assumed his wife's mysterious murder...

The writing was pretty bland, insipid and downright irritating in certain places. In the kindle edition at least, there was no clear demarcation between the paragraphs for Beck and for the other characters. That was a bit confusing and could have been dealt with in a better manner.
Overall its a thriller, which was good while the journey lasted, but after that it left no impressionable prints behind, or any motivation to pick up another Coben Harlan book.



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