Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Two Harlan Coben Miniseries


Having now watched two Netflix miniseries created by suspense author Harlan Coben, I have a question:

Is it OK, after six hours of damn good, suspenseful entertainment, if the conclusion of a story does not completely add up?

My answer is, Yes. It’s OK with me.

The two shows that my wife and I enjoyed, but some friends had problems with, are “Safe” and “The Stranger.”

In “Safe,” a man who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise two teenage daughters is thrown into a panic when his older daughter goes over to a friend’s house and never returns. The mystery is what happened to her. What the man finds out in his search complicates everything and shows the safe, gated community in which they live is not safe at all.

Without giving too much away, the first thing the man finds out is that the girl did not go to her friend’s house, but to a wild party at the house of another girl whose parents were away. The man struggles to wring the truth out of the teenagers and their parents, who are all caught up in covering their own asses, never mind that a neighbor’s kid has disappeared.

In “The Stranger,” a young woman approaches a man at a sporting event and tells him some things about his wife no one else could know. The man starts to question, doubt and suspect his wife has been telling him lies. The young woman does the same thing to other people and seems to enjoy watching their lives come apart.

Who is she and how does this stranger know these things? No spoilers here.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure we've seen a Coben miniseries but these two don't ring any bells. Two more for the list I think.