The Innocent: A Suspense Thriller

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben takes readers on an electrifying ride in this thriller that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia--where one mistake can change your life forever.

One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight--and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia's cell phone to shatter Matt's life a second time...

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Like Harlan Coben's other recent novels of suspense, The Innocent starts in the green suburbs of New Jersey and takes us off into the dark heart of the secrets and lies that often lie at the centre of American life. Matt has rebuilt his life after a brawl that left him serving four years hard time for manslaughter. He has clawed back some of the dreams of his young manhood--in particular, Olivia, the girl he met once, dreamed of and then found again. Now someone is sending him phone images of Olivia, in a blonde wig, with another man... Local cop Loren is trying to find out who smothered a teacher at the local convent, and why the dead nun had breast implants; over-the-hill stripper Kimmy is visited by the daughter of a long-dead friend...

This is a plot as well constructed as a good watch, yet as unpredictable as a fairground ride, but what gives Coben's books their unique quality is the fact that his writing always has heart. We care about even the most minor and venal of his characters, because Coben knows that often, what divides heroism from crime is the consequences of one bad day. ---Roz Kaveney

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"What Coben does best is take readers into his characters' hearts and minds. His protagonists are just common folks, minding their own business when--bam!--they are drawn into a terrifying world of sordid crimes and mayhem."--USA Today

"A twist-filled triumph."--Life

"Intriguing right up to the final chapter."--Associated Press

"Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Ranks as one of his most exciting."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Modern suburbia unravels in this latest puzzler from Coben...Don't make the mistake of not reading it!"--Library Journal

"Jaw-dropping plot twists...Fans of rose-tinted nightmares [will] gasp their way through Matt's free fall, scared and happy as kids on a roller coaster."--Kirkus Reviews

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