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Dr. David Beck is a pediatrician in New York. His wife tragically died eight years earlier, in a somewhat mysterious event. He has never remarried and has thrown his life into his practice. One day he gets a mysterious e-mail with cryptic clues that would only mean something to him and to his wife. Is a ghost talking to him? At first he dismisses it until he gets another e-mail with even more clues that only he and she could know. He tells his best friend Shanna about it, swearing her not to tell anyone, since that is what the sender of the e-mail said. He starts to wonder if his wife really died that night at the camp, or if for some reason her death was faked. The night after he talks to his wife's former friend Rebecca, she is killed--coincidence? Or did she know something that someone shut her up to keep secret? Unfortunately Beck was the last one seen with her and the obvious suspect. But in order to keep from being arrested, Beck runs from his office because he needs to meet with the sender of the e-mails at five p.m. He will do anything to find out if his wife is really alive or if it is all a hoax. What he finds is the evidence of an eight-year-old cover up that involves those closest to him.
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The review of this Book prepared by BethG

Dr. David Beck's murdered wife Elizabeth appears, via computer, to be alive and apologizing to him. But if she's alive, why and how did she disappear in the first place? Tell No One is a high-wire thriller about Beck's life-endangering search for the truth -- about his wife, a vicious killer, and what really happened on the night of the murder.
The review of this Book prepared by Alan Brudner

Delacorte, Jun 2001, 22.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0385335555

    David and Elizabeth Beck are married just a few months, but have been in love since the second grade. The newlyweds revisit their old stomping grounds near Lake Charmaine, Pennsylvania. They go swimming at night together, but their joy turns to harror as Elizabeth begins screaming. David goes help his soul mate, but someone clubs him with a baseball bat. Later, the police find a corpse that Elizabeth's dad identifies the body as that of his daughter while David physically recovers in a hospital. Serial killer KillRoy left his trademark on the body.

    Eight years later and now a pediatrician, David works at a Washington Heights clinic when he receives a strange e-mail with a hyperlink. He clicks on the link only to see Elizabeth appear on the monitor. However, before he can follow up, the FBI focuses on David as the killer of Elizabeth and two other men murdered on the property that day when his wife allegedly died. Someone else also observes David closely. A person with resources who wants vengeance on the individual who murdered his son. This billionaire knows the Becks are somehow involved.

    Without any doubt, TELL NO ONE is Harlan Coben's best work to date. This breathtaking thriller starts at a rapid pace and accelerates even faster than the speed of light. The tale is loaded with numerous shocking twists and unreal turns that Mr. Coben makes believable. Thus, the audience feels compelled to keep on reading until the finale in order to learn what really happened back then and why.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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