The setup to which Coben is referring is simple and elegant. Adam thinks he has a picture-perfect life — a great wife and kids, a good job, a nice house, all the trappings of happy suburban existence. When a stranger tells Adam his life is built on a lie, Adam’s world is turned upside down. Here’s where reviewers seem to go one step too far. The lie that shakes Adam up? His wife faked a miscarriage early in their marriage. That’s a spoiler, right?
“The Stranger has enough twists so that if you knew ten of them, it still wouldn’t ruin much,” Coben says. “I dare you to figure it all out. A few clues won’t change that.”
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