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    Review of TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben (see his website)

    Dell, 2001

    Review by Cathy Richard Dodson (see her website)

    Dr. David Beck has spent the last eight years trying to recover from the tragic murder of his wife Elizabeth. It's not working. Although he drowns himself in his work with children at a Washington Heights clinic for low-income families, Elizabeth's memory lingers with him day and night. Friends and family constantly remind him it's time to move on, but he can't put the night of her death behind him-nor the guilt he feels at not being able to save her from a tragic kidnapping and brutal death. The one thing he knows for certain is that he'll never see his beloved wife again-until the day he receives an email message with information that only Elizabeth could have known. A message that warns him "tell no one."

    At first David thinks the note must be some kind of sick prank, but as more information from the mysterious messenger trickles in, he begins to unravel a web of deceit that involves not only those closest to him, but also a powerful figure in the New York financial world. When two bodies, also dead for the past eight years, are accidentally discovered at the location of Elizabeth's kidnapping, David is suspected of both their murder and his wife's. David must not only prove his innocence to the FBI, but suddenly his life is threatened, too. With help from the street-wise father of one of his young patients, David literally outruns and outsmarts two thugs hired by Griffin Scope, the entrepreneur businessman whose son worked with Elizabeth before his own untimely death.

    As David learns more about the real reasons Elizabeth was kidnapped, his own guilty secret plays with his emotions. As the stakes are raised even higher after the murder of Elizabeth's former best friend, David is determined to prove his innocence and to find out whether or not his wife is really dead. Once he knows the answer to that question, he'll stop at nothing to set right the past--no matter who must answer for its crimes.

    Author Harlan Coben tosses the reader straight into the heart of a mystery that doesn't let reveal itself till the final pages. The characterization holds up throughout, as does the plot, with the only negative being a slightly predictable outcome to the story. If you enjoy thrillers with fast action and lots of twists and turns, you'll love this book.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 8/03/04

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