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…
- Tell No One (2001): Emails and the Inner-City
- Fade Away (1996): The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
- No Second Chance (2003): Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
- Just One Look (2004): Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
- One False Move (1998): The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
- The Innocent (2005): Self-Defense and Camera Phones
- Back Spin (1997): The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
- Gone for Good (2002): Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
- The Final Detail (1999): The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
- Darkest Fear (2000): Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
- Drop Shot (1996): The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
- Deal Breaker (1995): The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
- Play Dead (1990): The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
- 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?