Harlan Coben's new thriller won't disappoint fans

JEFF AYERS For The Associated Press Published:

"Stay Close" (Dutton), by Harlan Coben: A 17-year-old mystery that destroyed lives roars back in an attempt to annihilate the survivors in Harlan Coben's taut and exciting new thriller, "Stay Close."

Three people's lives were connected, but they cannot move on.

Ray was a talented photographer. Now he passes the time posing as a paparazzo or drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Megan seems to have the perfect life with a husband and two children. Her family has no idea about her past, and she hopes to keep it that way. Detective Jack Broome has been trying to solve the case for 17 years. His obsession cost him his marriage, and has threatened to end his career.

When another person disappears near the site of the original crime, Broome unveils shocking evidence that reveals a possible serial killer in their midst. Now connections will have to be re-established and secrets shattered if they want to survive.

Coben, whose novels include "Live Wire," ''Caught," ''Long Lost" and "Hold Tight," has done it again with "Stay Close."

He excels at creating flawed characters that seem like ordinary next-door neighbors. The mystery itself is challenging, and when everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close" is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game.

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