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Summary

How far will you go to protect your child? A superb Sunday Times number one best seller from the author of Six Years.

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer, they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days, they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: 'Just stay quiet and all safe.'

Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for Spencer, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death and he wasn't alone. She thinks it is Adam Baye, standing just outside the camera's range, but when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community....

©2009 Harlan Coben (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Have to write this even though I haven't finished yet. I know the book is going to be good as Harlan Cobens always are, but my god this narrator! If it wasn't one of my favourite authors I'd return it. Reads like a child being made to read out in class, stumbling over the words, monotonous tone. I don't understand why he didn't use Stephen....the one that did the Boy in the Woods..I can't remember the last name.
Will review properly when I've finished, hopefully the story is good enough to override the narration once you get into it.

Edit- Now you've got Hester Crimstein telling people she hasn't got a family! Don't even get me started on the voice for her. I'm returning this book as soon as the order has processed. So disappointed.

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Great Story, terrible Narration

As with all Harlan Coben Novels, the story was great, not something that can be said for Mark Arnold's narration. He frequently mispronounced the characters names and rather than "acting" his way through the novel like good voice actors do, it was very obvious that he was just reading the words, and in a very wooden manner to boot.

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Narration an issue

Story as good as ever from this authors stable but the narration was a disappointment with very incorrect and unconvincing intonation. Also, the production often sounded if it was recorded during a rain shower in a garden shed with little sound-proofing - such a shame

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Decent story ruined by terrible narration

Difficult to follow most of the time due to the awful narration - monotone, lifeless and zero effort on performance.

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American Violence

An author who's a Hollywood scriptwriter. As fantastical as the American dream. Come on, get off the grass: an ex - ice hockey player, tough guy, ivy Leaguer, doctor/surgeon! Lol. The only true thing about this story is the violence of American society. The narration was just bearable if you increased the speed to 1.25.

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Dreadful Narrator

Can't continue listening. I intend to buy the book as it looks promising but can't abide this audio version.

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Stilted narration but enough story to keep me occupied

Not up to his usual standard with rather wooden characters and over complicated story. However it’s the stilted narration which makes this difficult to persevere with.

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First up - the narration was horrible - plodding and robotic. I had to listen at *1.2 speed or I’d have expired. Secondly, the story was ok. There are really two main elements, plus a minor sub-plot and so it felt like the author had a few ideas and cobbled them together. The overall effect meant a proper suspension of reality was required. This has put me off Coben for a while at least.

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I love Harlan Cobin books but by audio I found this hard to keep track of. sorry but the narrator was so lifeless.

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Great book

Another excellent book from this author. Narrated very well. A gripping storyline that you can't wait to return to. Highly recommended.