The Innocent…


I had the chance this past weekend to continue through Harlan Coben’s books with The Innocent.
Coben’s books continue to improve (this one just falls short of few other works) with time.  The Innocent continues to confirm my suspicion that his writing is best when stand-alone stories.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Marlon Bolitar as much as the next guy (and I especially appreciate when the author alludes to past characters and events as if New Jersey is his private universe) – but Coben does best when he develops a new list of people and problems.
That being said, unlike many of the author’s past works, I saw the twist and turn from quite a few pages away.  Not as “mysterious” this time.
Here is how I rank all of his books thus far…
  1. Tell No One (2001):  Emails and the Inner-City
  2. Fade Away (1996):  The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
  3. No Second Chance (2003):  Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
  4. Just One Look (2004):  Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
  5. One False Move (1998):  The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
  6. The Innocent (2005):  Self-Defense and Camera Phones
  7. Back Spin (1997):  The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
  8. Gone for Good (2002):  Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
  9. The Final Detail (1999):  The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
  10. Darkest Fear (2000):  Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
  11. Drop Shot (1996):  The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
  12. Deal Breaker (1995):  The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
  13. Play Dead (1990):  The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  14. Miracle Cure (1991):  The New York Knicks and HIV


I look forward to reading Promise Me at some point over the summer months – one reason being that I heard a character from

The Innocent returns (but this time in the world of Bolitar).  Anyone read it already?  If so, what did you think?

The Innocent…

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