No Second Chance

No Second Chance

by Harlan Coben


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When his child is taken, a father will stop at nothing to get her back in this explosive, white-knuckle thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.

When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter...

Shot twice by an unseen assailant, Dr. Marc Seidman lies in a hospital bed. His wife has been killed. His six-month-old daughter has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, the ransom note arrives: We are watching. If you contact the authorities, you will never see your daughter again. There will be no second chance. With no one to trust, and mired in a deepening quicksand of deception and deadly secrets, Marc clings to one unwavering vow: bring home his daughter, at any cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524744434
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 63,034
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's newphew, Mickey Bolitar. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

What People are Saying About This

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"No Second Chance has a life of its own." —New York Times

"This crackling spellbinder will...keep you mesmerized from head-spinning, unexpected end." —Forbes

"Coben again keeps the reader off-balance with innovative story lines and diabolical bad guys." —People

"Thrillers as satisfying as No Second Chance clearly have the Coben stamp." —Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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No Second Chance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Mika_Starwalker More than 1 year ago
Dr. Marc Siedman is shot, and nearly murdered, his wife is murdered and his 6 month old daughter, Tara, is missing. Marc recovers from his physical wounds, but not the emotional one of losing his daughter. The police, unfortunately, like him for the murder, and think he set the whole thing up. Lenny, Marc's best friend (from childhood), and bulldog lawyer comes to the rescue. Rachel, an old flame of Marc's winds up helping him follow the money. The author manages to mix in mental illness in an interesting light, the white slave trade and some of the factors which support it, he helps bust up the redneck stereotype, and helps us consider what a best friend will do and how it will affect us. Very well woven, and a big plus to this author. I've read other of his books, but not any of the ones in the recommend list (but I will very likely go buy and read them!)
The_Iceman More than 1 year ago
Marc Seidman comes to in the hospital to learn that he has recovered from a near fatal gunshot wound. His wife is dead and his daughter, Tara, is missing, apparently having been kidnapped. When the kidnappers demand a $2 million ransom they also warn Seidman that his daughter will be killed if he notifies the police. They are adamant that there will be "No Second Chance". Torn between the love of his daughter and the logic that suggests his chances of recovering her are better with the help of the authorities, he brings them in against the warning of the kidnappers. The exchange is botched, the money disappears and Seidman is sure that his daughter has been killed. But eighteen months later, just as life is settling to a semblance of normalcy, Seidman is given the second chance that the kidnappers swore he couldn't have. A demand note for another $2 million ransom surfaces. The police, on the other hand, are now looking at Seidman as the number one suspect in the kidnapping of his own daughter and they think he's scamming his deceased wife's father for the ransom. Despite a promising plot, convincing dialogue that comes easily off the tongue, a satisfying cast of complex well-built characters and some easy-reading action that does keep the pages turning, I found myself strangely unsatisfied. At the end of the novel, I found the highest compliment that I could pay Coben was to call "No Second Chance" workmanlike and reasonably well-constructed. Like the previous Harlan Coben novel that I read, "Just One Look", I found the plot to be needlessly twisted and complex with just a few too many layers of details. Not that the plot was difficult to follow, more that it was difficult to swallow if you understand the difference. Recommended. I'm sure Coben fans will enjoy it but I confess I'm not running to the bookstore to stock up on other Harlan Coben titles. Paul Weiss
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was quiet disapointed with this one. I can ususally get right into his books. However, I couldn't seem to understand why it took up to chapter 34 before it got exciting. I also couldn't understand why the author felt it necessary to go into constant detail when describing something that really had nothing to do with the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up all night to finish this book! I just couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns. This is my first book by Harlan Coben and I am excited to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, Harlan Coben just couldn't get into this book. I kept reading to see if it got any better but just couldn't get into it. Not one of his best books. Of course I'll keep reading his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book overly contrived. I also found it overly descriptive and forced. Didn't like the jumps from 1st person to 3rd person throughout the book either. I think I would have liked it better if it was all in 3rd. I had the 'who's' pretty much figured out about a 1/4 of the way into it, and was so very close in the 'whys'. As I got to the end of the book I discovered that I really didn't care anymore about the doc's plight. I didn't like Dr. Marc. I felt nothing for him as a grieving father. He came off as arrogant and unsympathic to me. The villans on the other hand I liked a lot more. I also enjoyed secondary character Verne so much more than the doc. I wish the secondary characters & villans were more fleshed out. This was my first Coben novel, and I've been told that 'Tell No One' and 'Gone for Good' are better, so I'll read those and see if it's just this book I didn't really like, or if it's Coben's style. This book, though, I wouldn't recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a while. Loved it! Looking forward to reading more of his books!
FanPM More than 1 year ago
A great read, I look forward to more books by him!
Blisseth More than 1 year ago
After reading one of his other books, I loved the way he wrote so I also decided to read No Second Chance. There's a lot of suspense and unexpected events that occur. I couldn't put this book down-it was a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harlan Coben is a master at what he does. I bought this book on a Wednesday and finished it on Sunday. I absolutely could not put it down. I've read quite a few of his books, and this was probably the best so far. Genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read during breaks at work, and since I use public transportation, takes your mind off the long ride home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book to enjoy on the beach or by the pool
ThePolyBlog 2 days ago
BOTTOM-LINE: Over the top plotting in places, ridiculous relationships, and absurd ending . PLOT OR PREMISE: A surgeon wakes up in the hospital, an apparent victim of a home invasion that left him shot in the head, his wife dead, and his infant daughter missing. . WHAT I LIKED: There were a fair number of possible red herrings running around in the story, and everybody gets suspected of something. His lawyer friend, his dead wife, his sister, an ex-girlfriend, a scummy adoption lawyer, even the police investigating the crime…all of them are a little bit off. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There are a couple of scenes that are completely over the top, and the ending is ridiculous. All of the work to find his daughter, with lives at risk all the way along and him accused of murder, and someone he knows knew the truth all along. But he's semi-forgiving. Ridiculous. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
Anonymous 5 months ago
i couldnt put this book down amazing story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harlan grabs you on page one and never lets you go until the very end. His style of creating his characters makes you feel like you know these people as friends. You can't put the book until you find out what happens to them. What a great emotional ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always know there will be an unexpected twist and there was. Great read I had a hard time putting it down.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always like Coben's books. Good thriller and good plot.Back Cover Blurb:'When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter'.....Marc Seidman wakes up in ICU to find his wife has been murdered and his baby daughter, Tara, has vanished. Then something arrives to give Marc new hope: a ransom note. 'We are watching. If you contact the authorities you will never see your daughter again. There will be no second chance'.The note is chilling, but Marc sees only one thing: the chance to save his daughter. And, haunted by deception and deadly secrets - about his wife, about an old love, and about his own past - he vows to bring Tara any cost.
thekoolaidmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really thrilling book! It takes off running with, "When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter," for the first line, and it does not slow down. Dr. Marc Seidman wakes up in the hospital after being shot twice to find his wife dead and 6 month old daughter missing. 18 months after a failed ransom trade, a second ransom note is received. Marc is determined not to make the same mistake twice, but will he be able to find Tara this time? Is it possible she is still alive, even? or is he just deluding himself? Great read. I like Harlan Coben's books.
stafinois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a sap, I'll admit it. This book made me cry. It's every parent's nightmare, your child goes missing. While trying to solve the mystery of his infant daughter's disappearance, he stumbles across a sinister plot that is even bigger than her kidnapping and his wife's murder.This is a fun story that will keep you reading long into the night!
shellyb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great book - greatly recommend for mystery readers
DebsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In No Second Chance Harlan Coben writes about a man who was left for dead when his wife was murdered and his infant daughter was kidnapped. Naturally the police think he planned it. As they focus their investigation on him, the desperate father becomes convinced he can't just "leave it to the authorities" or trust them to pursue new leads. This kind of thing makes me want to read with my hand over one eye. As the reader I know he's innocent, and I hate seeing this insult added to his injury. I can't fault the book for that though. If the author didn't do this though, I'd say it wasn't realistic. The book was hard to put down with lots of unexpected twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming. Recommended.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book about a month ago and wasn't able to finish it bcuz of numerous distractions. I decided to pick it up again yesterday and managed to finish it today. It was good.... it was almost like reading two stories in one book. With all the different sub-plots, I always would think, now how does this tie into the kidnapping of the baby? Mr. Coben did a great job of tying everything together. Just when you'd think you knew what happened, he throw in another twist. I'm glad I decided to pick this one up again. (I guess I gave it a 2nd chance! Ha!) I've read Tell No One and now I will read more by him.
kateiyzie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctor's wife is killed, baby kidnapped. There are weird assasins, a Russian baby-selling ring, and an ex-FBI beauty. Very fast-paced. All of Harlan Coben's books are very good.
Clueless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful fluff. A bit too much testosterone for my taste. Too many characters. I loved the twisty ending even though I had trouble remembering who eveyrbody was. Un-pu-down-able well-crafted entertainment.