The Innocent

The Innocent

by Harlan Coben

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Overview

"[A] twist-filled triumph" (Life) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451235022
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 584,812
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's newphew, Mickey Bolitar. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.

Hometown:

Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey

Education:

B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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

“Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Ranks as one of his most exciting.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Innocent 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as always another great read by Harlan Coben. One of my favorite authors!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book! The plot twists and turns with mystery and surprises! I was up all night reading this!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coben always makes a good read.
BluJay More than 1 year ago
Too Much Too Many characters, too many twists, too much jumping from one setting to another and too contrived. If I were a first-time Coben reader I'd pass on his future books. As a diehard Coben fan, I'll be looking for something better next time out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Just like all his others! He's never disappointing. Fast and easy read, but also hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book of his I've read. Now looking for a 4th!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly fast moving story which keeps your interest. However, the conclusion wraps everything up too neatly for a fairy tale ending.
lcueva-dina More than 1 year ago
Mr Coben surprises everyone with this exciting storyline. Riveting and captivates your total attention. Could not put the book down. Devore it.
jacki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick page-turner.
creighley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matt Hunter gets involved in a college fight and ends up responsible for killing a fellow student. He goes to jail for the crime for five years and comes out a changed person. Because of the time he spent in prison, he is now looked at for a murder he knows he didn't commit. He's got a wife, Olivia, who's pregnant, and a house he's ready to buy in a nice neighborhood where he's not sure his neighbors are ready to have him. At his office as a paralegal, Matt gets a video of someone who looks like his wife with another man....
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm. Not a bad book by any means, but having got to the end I'm still not one hundred percent clear on what happened. There were an awful lot of people, an awful lot of interwoven motives, and the result was like a seriously bad knot on my six year old's shoelaces that I can't seem to unpick. Also, I had difficulty swallowing the central change-of-identity...the complete personality and life change felt unlikely, somehow.On the other hand, Coben writes extremely well - the book is easy to read, full of interesting characters, and great dialogue. The action starts straight away and keeps going throughout. Some sections definitely had me on the edge of my seat. If I have a criticism on style, it's that many of the male law-enforcement characters seemed rather similar, becoming one amorphous mass of paunchy middle-aged wisecracking world-weary smugness (at least in my head). Oh, and I guessed the final 'twist', but that's about the only bit I did guess.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As always Coben takes you on a rollercoaster ride with this novel. A good read with a likeable main character, suspense, tension and lots of twists.Back Cover Blurb: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....
blondestranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about how one small event can have a life altering change. Matt is born into a great, middle class family and, in college, an accident changes the path his future will take. Olivia is dealt a different hand and creates the world she had always dreamed of when an accident allows her the opportunity. Through the story, the truths are unraveled.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harlan Coben is a master storyteller. He has the extraordinary ability to take a number of seemingless unrelated threads and weave them together to create an intriguing tale.Matt Hunter, a man with a new life since being released from prison, suddenly finds his idyllic existence with his pregnant wife, Olivia, threatened when he is thrown into the middle of a triple-murder investigation. Who were these victims and how do they tie to Matt? Then there's the small matter of Matt receiving photos of his wife with a strange man in a hotel room. How do all of these events relate to one another or do they?A typical good read by Harlan Coben.
SirRoger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this one, but once the story really gets going, it's an exciting read. Many characters are too forced in their 'hipness' and the plot could be stronger. Fair overall.
KarriesKorner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gripping and suspenseful.
hmskip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young man convicted in the death of a college student is haunted by that death 10 years later. This is not the Harlan Coben I remember. Although the plot was sufficiently twisted to keep all the pieces from falling into place until the very end, I was never totally convinced of either the characters or the situation. But it was entertaining nonetheless.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I finished this one, I didn't like it much. It was just very OK for me. This is the second Coben book and I can't say that I'm in a hurry to pick up any others. His books seem very convoluted. That's the best word that I can come up with. I thought it of Just One Look and I thought the same thing here. He's definitely good with twists! As the reader, I never saw them coming and certainly couldn't predict any because there were to many.Where I tend to look for and enjoy well developed characters, I don't get it from Coben because there are too many other things happening. The plot line was good and something different, but I'd have liked to know more about some of the key players. I never had that feeling of being in the characters shoes, or in their thoughts. It's that part of a book that suck me in give the book depth.Overall, not good, not bad. It was a super slow read for me because I just couldn't get completely into it.
DMOliver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Accidentally kills a kid when trying to break up a fight. Years later when he's released from prison he returns home and faces suspicion when others begin to die.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reformed convict, murdered nun, search for adopted child's birth mother, crooked law enforcement. Very involved with a lot of characters and the subplots and characters were more interesting the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt want to put it down story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story. Twists and turns that aren't seen beforehand. Great read. A quick 350 + pages!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
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