Book Review – Tell No One


Title: Tell No One

Author: Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 370

Rating: 4 Star


For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.


At first I completely forgot that I was reading this book. I was sorting my book case and updating my read list on this blog and it totally just went under the radar. I only remembered because I found it under my bed with a bookmark in it then it came back to me. Oh yeah, right, this one. This is the book I chose to read when I was travelling on the bus or train if I didn’t want to damage another hard copy book or felt that my kindle my get stolen/didn’t have enough battery to last the whole trip. So really, it was a low one on my list of things to read. But then I started to notice that I was choosing to read this book over other ones even when I was just sitting at home. Im glad I remembered I started it because I was really hooked when I was about a third of the way through.

I really liked most of the twists in this book, even if I thought it would turn out the way it did. This is because I wouldn’t consider them obvious, it just that my mind put the pieces together. Working out the twists in this book made me feel just a little bit clever. I have read that some people thought that there was just way too many twists, but while I was reading I didn’t notice this so much. I didn’t really think about the amount of twists in the book until I read other peoples opinions. I would agree now, there are many many twists in this book, however, clearly they didn’t bother me.

The main character David Beck I didn’t mind, he is not my favourite person but I didn’t mind being inside his head. I liked some other perspectives more, but still he was alright. I totally believed his character description and development. If someone I loved died like that and then those things happened around me I don’t think I would act much differently. I like to think that I might have been able to move on, but really, I think that might just be me thinking the best of myself and might not be true. The thing you find out about Beck at the end of the book really shocked me at first. What the fuck?! ran through my mind for about 5 seconds. It didn’t seem in character. Then I thought about it and I came to the conclusion thinking back on things that actually yeah that was in character. I thought that was a good bit of writing, I like to be made to second guess stuff. Then I just thought well aren’t you the idiot that could have done things better.

I thought all the other characters, even the ones that didn’t stick around for long were also pretty well developed. The only other character I really feel that I need to talk about, and I’m going to call this person Tom (there is no one in the book by this name, I just don’t want to spoil everything) and boy, emotions. I was a bit stand-off-ish with this person because of their relationship with Beck, but those feelings didn’t stay. I had multiple feelings about Tom. Stand-off-ish, suspicion, anger, then just a tiny bit of love. The things Tom was willing to do just for those that mean the world to them made me have respect for them despite other things that happened.

So in conclusion, I ended up really quite enjoying this book and I am mentally adding other books by this author to my ‘must be read’ list.