THE STRANGER                                               HARLAN COBEN

The StrangerThe Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

This was a fantastic book that begins with Adam a husband and father of the boys. He is at a draft for a lacrosse team and travel team that normally his wife takes care of. She is at a conference out of town with teachers. Before the draft takes place a man a stranger begins a random or what Adam thinks is a random conversation about something his wife purchased two years ago. He also tells him some other things and then leaves. When Adam decides to go outside the man is already getting into a car and driving away. Later that night still bothered by what the man told him he looks up the charge and then looks into the company to find out what it is that they sell. He has to contact the credit card company for the actual information which blows him away. The next day when wanting to talk to his wife he is put off and the following morning after she comes inside from being on the phone in the back yard she says she will meet him for dinner at a bistro at 7:00 pm. She does not show up and forty five minutes later he receives a text saying she needs a few days. This is when the story takes off and you find out about the stranger and other people that they have and are going to telling secrets. While this is going on Adam is looking for his wife and begins slowly unraveling his wife’s secret from two years ago and at the same time looking at himself. This is not a happy go lucky feel good book. This is full of grit, murder, mystery, suspense and the ending will throw you for a loop. There are multiple characters and story lines and the way the story is written you find yourself not wanting to put the book down for you want to know want happens on the next page, but you have to. I found this to be a great read and hope I did not give too much away. I got this book from net galley.  I give this 5 stars.

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