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Play Dead by Harlan Coben

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Play Dead cover imageIn the introduction to this book the author appears to warn the reader off the book. He states that he hasn’t read “Play Dead” in at least twenty years and that he didn’t wish to rewrite it and pass it off as a new book. “’Man, what was I thinking.’ That’s how it is with first novels, sometimes…………..Finally, flawed and all I love this book.” he writes. Is this introduction a self-fulfilling prophecy? Would the book be improved if the content of the introduction had followed the novel as an afterword. Unlikely.


The pace of the novel is that of a journey where we have a good idea of the destination. Twists and turns are lacking. We wait for the final twist - we know when and where it is due but not its exact nature. With the best crime writing the reader doesn’t know the destination or the route. By all means read this novel if you need something to read but don’t expect crime writing of the calibre of Coben’s later works.

(Submitted by Kieran, County Library Tallaght)