Title: Stay Close
Author: Harlan Coben
Published: 20th March 2012
About Stay Close
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them. Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn’t recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
This is the second time that I read a book by Harlan and I still remember the first one I read. I remember that I could not put it down. The same applies to this book. Immediately from the beginning, page 1, I could not stop reading it.
The story builds up nicely. First, there is a small introduction about the three main characters and you find out what the relationship is between them. And you know that something terrible happened in the past and that Megan and Ray know things about that night. The story gets more intense towards the end and of course, this is a thriller, so there are disgusting details in it. It was so well written that I had goosebumps and not in a good way.
There is one thing though: Who were Ken and Barbie (they were hired)? Ken and Barbie are probably not their real names.