Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: The Innocent by Harlan Coben

The horror of one night is forever etched in Matt Hunter's memory: the night he innocently tried to break up a fight - and ended up a killer. Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife, Olivia, pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins." A mysterious man who'd begun tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities - including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own - see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt: Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.
Dan Brown was right when he said that Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist. I had a headache when I was reading this book, but it was in a good way. Harlan can hook a reader instantly with just a couple of pages! I was guessing endlessly on how the ending would unfold. The story was very complicated with loads of character points of view (which I love!) and these are all connected to one another. Matt Hunter was a good kid, he was just trying to break up a fight, but instead he accidentally killed someone and his world was turned upside down when he was imprisoned for the death of a fellow student. 

Now years have passed and he is trying to rebuild his life with his wife Olivia, but his new found haven was shattered when he received a mysterious video call from his wife. Everything he knows about Olivia was just a bit fat lie. A chain of events followed that tested Matt's endurance in face of trials that has suddenly and inexplicably engulfed his life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to stay up late at night and be immersed into a story of deception, betrayal, suspense and murder. You'll be surprised with the upbeat ending, it was a blast!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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