Adam Price has a beautiful wife, two terrific sons and a job he enjoys...an enviable life. One beautiful evening The Stranger approaches him and kindly says, "you didn't have to stay with her." Those seven words are the beginning of the end of Adam's seemingly perfect life. The Stranger approaches people and devastates them by giving them proof of a loved one's lies. When he gives Adam proof that Corinne faked a pregnancy and miscarriage several years before, Adam turns to Corinne for an explanation.
I do not want to give away any spoilers and will leave it at that, but if you ever read a Coben book then you know the reader is in for a wild ride. While Adam's story is the main one, the reader is also brought into other people's secrets as The Stranger continues his tasks. Of course it all comes together in a rather surprising ending, but the reader is given enough clues to figure out some of what is happening.
I read this book quickly...not because I had to but because I wanted to, and I hated to read the last page. I would love to see Adam pop up in another of Coben's tales, but of course I am still wistfully hoping that Myron Bolitar will come back soon, too. Coben has a way of making his characters people that you want to hang out with, which makes me suspect that a day hanging out with Harlan himself would be a day well spent.
Do yourself a favor and start reading The Stranger today.
Publisher - Dutton
Date of Publication - March 24, 2015