Readers who loved 2001's Tell No One will feel at home with Harlan Coben's latest suspense novel. Dr. Marc Seidman, the married father of a newborn, has his world shattered when his wife is murdered and his baby daughter kidnapped. Despite his being shot and almost killed in the crime, the investigators—a good-cop/bad-cop team of an FBI agent and a local police detective—suspect him immediately and exclusively. Ransom money is delivered, but his daughter is never found.

A year and a half later, Seidman is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life when a second ransom demand—a second chance—is presented. Coben plots his story with more twists than Route 66, and readers will be hard-pressed to figure out how the situation will resolve.

The characterizations are thin, though, and the combined IQ of the police and FBI on this case would rival a raccoon's, thereby hobbling the necessary "willing suspension of disbelief." All in all though, NO SECOND CHANCE will make good beach reading. (May, 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kim Colley