Book: Tell No One

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Tell No One

Author: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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.


David Beck has rebuilt his life since his wife’s murder eight years ago, finishing medical school and establishing himself as a pediatrician, but he’s never forgotten the woman he fell in love with in second grade. And when a mysterious e-mail arrives on the anniversary of their first kiss, with a message and an image that leads him to wonder whether Elizabeth might still be alive, Beck will stop at nothing to find the truth that’s eluded him for so many years. A powerful billionaire is equally determined to make sure his role in her disappearance never comes to light, even if it means destroying an innocent man.

In David Beck, Harlan Coben, the author of the popular series starring sports agent Myron Bolitar (Darkest Fear et al.) has created a protagonist who shares many of Bolitar’s best qualities—he’s a decent, generous, gentle guy whose loyalty to those he loves is unquestionable. So when he discovers that people he was close to may be responsible not only for Elizabeth’s murder but also the “accidental” death of his father, Beck’s sense of betrayal is as understandable to the reader as his uncharacteristically violent reaction. Coben is a skillful storyteller with a gift for creating likable characters caught up in circumstances that illuminate their complex emotional lives and deep humanity. This should be the thriller that breaks this talented writer out of the mystery genre and earns him the recognition he deserves. —Jane Adams

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For eight tormented years, Dr. David Beck has relived the horror of the night he lost his wife. He can still see it clearly—the gleaming lake, the pale moonlight—and he can still hear his wife’s piercing screams. But all that changes when a message appears on his computer, a phrase only he and his wife would know. The message comes with a warning. The price for his compliance is high. Now Beck must decide who to trust and who to fear-as he heads into the heart of darkness, seeking the truth about that one fateful night.

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Film:Tell No One

Tell No One: (Ne le dis à personne)

Guillaume Canet

Eight years after the savage murder of his wife Margot, Alex Beck (Francois Cluzet) remains psychologically distraught. Only the friendship he has formed with Helene Perkins (Kristin Scott-Thomas) saves him from isolation from the rest of the world.

But when two new bodies are uncovered near where Margot’s body was discovered, Margot’s case is reopened and Alex becomes a prime suspect. At the same time, Alex receives an anonymous email. When he clicks on the link he sees a woman s face standing in the crowd and being filmed in real time Margot s face. Is she still alive? And why does she instruct him to tell no one?

Based on the international best-selling novel by Harlan Coben.

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