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Play Dead

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A fast-moving, suspense-filled thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of LONG LOST.

Ex fashion model and successful business woman Laura Ayars' perfect world is shattered at a time which should have been the happiest of her life. On her honeymoon, her sports superstar husband goes for a swim - and never returns. But what has happened to David - can he really be dead?

Whilst struggling to cope with her almost overwhelming grief, Laura is plagued by questions and doubts. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or is it some terrible, ill-judged hoax?

As events begin to unfold, Laura starts to question David's mysterious disappearance. She begins to uncover a conspiracy which reaches deep into the past, and is now slowly beginning to destroy everyone involved. Someone will do anything to keep Laura away from the awful truth - and she has no idea who she can trust . . .

From Publishers Weekly

01 May 1990 – Terrible secrets lead basketball star David Baskin to fake his death while honeymooning in the tropics in this manipulative but otherwise engaging first novel. His bereaved bride, supermodel Laura Ayars, not sure that David's drowning was accidental, starts sleuthing--which proves dangerous when somebody begins killing people who may have the answers she wants. Meanwhile, David, fitted out with a new identity and appearance, tries out for his original team, the Boston Celtics, and ``replaces'' himself at his former position. Why he has faked his death is explained in the story's penultimate surprise. But why he risks playing in front of fans who know his style is never addressed. Crucial coincidences abound, such as the love affair of David's brother and Laura's sister--adults who, as kids 30 years before, just happen to have witnessed their parents' worst sins. Coben manufactures tension primarily by keeping key details out of his narrative, a method that eventually wears thin. The resolution comes as a relief, with less of a bang than its buildup promises.

Customer Reviews


I think we can all agree that Harlan can do the "disappeared - but have they really?" storyline.

Time for a different plot perhaps?


this is such an amazing book! I couldn't put it down until I'd finished because I got so in to the storyline it's addictive. honestly, the characters are brilliantly brought to life and the twists of the novel are unexpected bs ingenious.
if you're contemplating this one, just get it, you won't regret it!

Raw and a little disappointing

I have read a number of Harlan Coben's novels and have found each to be thoroughly engrossing from start to finish. The author writes a short preface in this novel explaining that it was written long before he became a household name, and it clearly shows in the way the story flows.

He seems to favour the "cliff-hanger" chapter end far too much, and even the most novice crime thriller reader will know the answer to each "question" long before the author provides an explanation. The twists in the plot are more like gentle curves, where the reader can see well ahead of the storytellers intended pace.

The plot line is, as expected, very clever, but the style of delivery is very raw and leaves an odd taste in the mouth. Good read but not his best by a long chalk.

Play Dead
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 30 June 2010
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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