Book Review: Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Tell No One is a satisfying suspense novel full of the nonstop action and the kind of surprising plot twists you would expect from Harlan Coben.

I read Tell No One as part of the 2022 Thoughtful Reading Challenge. January’s challenge is to read a book with a bird on the cover in honor of National Bird Day (January 5th). While birds aren’t the main focus of the novel, there’s a whole flock of them on the cover.

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The book opens with a scene at David Beck’s lake property. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are there to celebrate the anniversary of their first kiss, which happened when they were teenagers. The two met when they were seven and became inseparable soul mates.

Their celebration is shattered when Elizabeth is snatched and David is knocked unconscious. A few days later, Elizabeth’s father identifies her body. She was the apparent victim of a serial killer. Or was she?!?

Eight years later, David receives a mysterious email that contains encoded clues only he and Elizabeth would understand. David begins wondering if Elizabeth might actually be alive.

At the same time, things begin surfacing about the eight-year-old crime, placing David in the FBI’s cross-hairs. David finds himself on the run, aided by a drug dealer, as he tries to learn the truth about Elizabeth. But it isn’t only law enforcement he has to worry about. Cold-blooded killers are also on his trail.

Tell No One is a wild ride with a twisty plot. It’s pure, suspenseful entertainment. I like it when mystery and suspense novels keep me guessing, and there were plenty of things I didn’t see coming, including the ending. That, combined with plenty of action, an interesting cast of characters, and some old-school technology that made me giggle a little (the book was originally published in 2001), made the novel a page-turner for me.

I recommend Tell No One to anyone who likes good suspense novels with plenty of action.

Did you read a book with a bird on the cover this month? Tell us all about it.

Reminder: February’s challenge is to read a book written by an African author.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Tell No One by Harlan Coben

  1. Thanks for posting the review! You make it sound very compelling–especially the tease about “old-school technology”! I’m always looking for new books on Audible, and I find mysteries and thrillers to be fun to listen to as I work on a puzzle.

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  2. I thought this was a very clever way to talk about a book with a bird on the cover! You make it sound like so much fun. I’m not typically a suspense reader, but I may have to give this a try. I know Harlan Coben is considered one of the best. As always, thanks for helping me considering broadening my book choices!

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  3. I actually read a book about birds, because I’m bird-crazy. I read ‘The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings’ by Sy Montgomery. The book was mainly about the rehabilitation of a pair of tiny hummingbirds and it was fascinating. They’re little miracles. I learned a lot about hummingbirds, which is great, because I have several feeders in our yard and watch them daily.

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