Adam Price lives a comfortable, average life with a beautiful school teacher wife and two teenage sons. Life is good, until a stranger approaches him at a bar one night and delivers a shocking secret that will tear his cookie cutter world apart.

Stranger Danger was drummed into me incessantly as a child. Every time I saw the words ‘the stranger’ on the page a got a knot in my stomach (thanks Mum!). The stranger delivers shattering secrets and although he seems to genuinely care, there is a chill factor just sitting behind the secret.  Harlen Coben delivers a prose which is descriptive and yet holds language true and individual to each of the central characters. The use of clipped, short sentences is also hugely powerful as each bombshell is delivered.

This ‘Charlie Says’ 80’s ad for stranger danger in the UK still scares the Bejesus out of me. The rave tune sample did not make the nightmares go away…


The plot reveals itself slowly and although the twist wasn’t quite as suprising had I had hoped, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Anyone following my blog will know I love a good thriller and I am lucky enough to have had a run on a few pretty good ones in recent months. The Stranger is up there for me as a favourite.

This is my first Harlen Coben book and I will now seek out his other reads!

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Book Jacket Deets

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

The Stranger was given to be by Hachette Publishing in exchange for an honest review.