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Stay Close
Harlan Coben
480 pages
Frebruary 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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You can't go home again. Megan Pierce is starting to realize that cliches stick around because they are based in truth. Seventeen years ago, she was living as Cassie, making a living as an exotic dancer and dating dangerous men. When one of those men became increasingly violent and started hurting her, she decided she might need to make a new life. Then came the night when Cassie found his blood-soaked body in the woods and decided that the police would tag her as the killer. That's the night she disappeared.

Now she is Megan Pierce, living the typical suburban stay-at-home-mom life. She found and married a good man who loves her, and together they have two wonderful children. Megan should be happy, but something keeps pulling her back to her former life.

Detective Broome is a policeman nearing retirement who remembers the violent boyfriend who tormented Cassie. The guy was married, and his wife still keeps their home as it was when her husband was killed, unaware of his violent side. Broome just can't let this case go.

Ray is another person caught up in the past. Seventeen years ago, he was a rising star as a documentary photographer and madly in love with Cassie. Now he is a washout who makes a marginal living and spends his days drinking. He can't move beyond that night in the woods either; all the blood and the disappearance of his love.

When Megan gives in to her curiosity and revisits the club where she used to dance, those years between fade away. The old murder case seems to reactivate, and more bodies are found. Someone is after Megan again, who can't believe she has jeopardized her life for a glimpse of her past.

Harlan Coben fans will welcome this novel. His forte is intricate plotting along with crisp writing and twists that make his books page-turners, and Stay Close is another success, recommended for mystery and suspense fans.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Sandie Kirkland, 2013

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