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Harlan Coben is one of the best writers of this generation. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a master of the psychological tension, twists and turns that keep his readers voraciously turning page after page of his collection of mystery thrillers. Like any outstanding writer of his caliber, his work has received the best possible screen treatment, in this case via Netflix.
So far, seven of his stories have been released on the platform, one of which aired as a standalone adaptation, and six were subsequently released as part of a 14-episode contract with the streamer. Eight more are planned to appear in the future, with Coben serving as a regular executive producer for each episode.
While his stories are genuinely interesting, some are actually superior to others. Here are all of Coben’s projects set to release on Netflix so far ⏤ and stay there ⏤, ranked from worst to first.
This 2021 drama follows a young French man (played by Finnegan Oldfield) who goes through a series of trials and tribulations as he tries to make sense of two past murders and the current disappearance of his girlfriend. On the trip is the protagonist’s best friend, who himself is not crystal clear, which makes things even more interesting.
The story, based on the 2002 novel, is only five episodes long but has plenty of twists and turns that will leave viewers hooked enough to find out what happens next. However, the coincidences that occur in it are far too predictable, reducing the shock value from episode to episode and leading to a lackluster ending with no real payoff.
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This selection is the most recent series to stream on Netflix as it was only released in April 2022. It was developed directly from Coben’s 2008 novel and was divided into six episodes. The plot takes place in the suburbs of Poland and revolves around the disappearance of one character after the mysterious death of his friend. The family of four are the main characters themselves, but they’re not the only ones with skeletons in their closet ⏤ almost every person the public sees has some sort of killer secret. It’s a decent story at best, but when everyone seems to be hiding something, viewers can get confused as to who, if anyone, can be trusted throughout the ordeal, and not in a good way.
This 2020 play focuses on a suburban father, played by British actor Richard Armitage, who suddenly faces some rather disturbing accusations against his wife. When he decides to act on what he has heard, the wife disappears, and this is just one of the threads that make this story so confusing. Based on the 2015 book of the same name. Stranger this is definitely a story worth watching. However, some viewers will notice that while watching eight episodes, the mixture of really strange and obvious lack of emotion in some parts will create a strange experience. However, this heartbreaking drama has some amazing roles and quite a few surprising moments.
This eight-episode series was released at the very end of 2021 and is based on Coben’s 2012 novel of the same name. Starring Kash Jumbo as the main character ⏤ a rarity among Coben stories ⏤ be nearby centers around a woman whose motley past comes to the surface and abruptly interferes with her quiet country life. Of course, her storyline is not without mysteries, as are those involving secondary characters. What happens with all the parties involved might be too hard for some viewers to navigate, but the last episode alone is worth the difficult journey ⏤ as long as you can stomach a couple of really creepy dancing killers that show up along the way.
Set in Poland, this detective story is based on the 2007 novel of the same name and was released in 2020. A lawyer, played by Polish actor Grzegorz Damentzki, revisits a teenager’s memories after being tasked with identifying a victim who died under mysterious circumstances. . The deceased evokes memories of the lawyer’s teen years at a local summer camp. Trying to piece things together with the protagonist has viewers jumping between two timelines: today and the summer of 1994. The old faces from his past certainly make things even more intriguing, and viewers are even confronted with a thrilling ending, making this entry all the more rewarding and unique.
Based on Coben’s 2005 novel, this eight-episode series follows a man who has just been released from prison and is looking forward to starting a new life. Spanish actor Mario Casas plays the title role beautifully and his character really rebuilds his new life only to have his new wife confuse her. From the start, the audience is cleverly misled by past details about the protagonist that don’t add up, and by the time viewers realize their inherent cloud of confusion, they have no choice but to watch. Innocent until the very end to know for sure what is going on.