Tell No One Summary & Study Guide

Harlan Coben
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David Beck is a pediatrician who practices in a poor neighborhood eight years after the night he and his wife were attacked. The night had ended with David injured and believing that his wife Elizabeth had been killed. There comes a day when David receives an email that makes him believe that Elizabeth is alive. As he begins trying to find out if she really is alive, David discovers that nothing about that night is what he believed it to be. Police also begin to question that night and begin to wonder if David killed Elizabeth, though the murder had been credited to a serial killer. Discrepancies between Elizabeth and others of the killer's victims make police question David's innocence even more.

David is soon looking for answers, which takes him to an old friend. When the friend is murdered the following day, David is framed for the crime and police prepare to arrest him. He calls on the father of a patient, a young drug dealer named Tyrese, to escape.

David comes to discover that the truth the events were much different than he'd thought them to be. He finds that Elizabeth had discovered that a young man, Brandon Scopes, who was touted for his good work with young people, had actually been dealing drugs and engaged in other illegal activities. When Elizabeth confronts Brandon he retaliates. Brandon breaks into Elizabeth's house, but David is there and kills Brandon in self-defense. Elizabeth is blamed for the shooting and Brandon's father, Griffin Scopes, orders Elizabeth's murder. When the two men hired by Scopes attack Elizabeth and David, David is severely injured and left for dead. He is pulled from the water by a man who is hiding out from authorities.

David discovers that Griffin Scopes is also behind the murder of his father. He then learns that Elizabeth's father, Hoyt, killed the two men who attacked Elizabeth and David. Hoyt then convinces Elizabeth to leave the country, leading authorities to believe that she is the victim of a serial killer. He puts a Jane Doe in her place and the body is cremated before anyone can question it. Hoyt is actually on Griffin Scopes' payroll and he lives the next eight years glad that Elizabeth has survived. When the bodies of the two men who'd been hired to kill Elizabeth are discovered, Elizabeth realizes Griffin Scopes will question her death. She returns to the United States in the hope of reuniting with David. She's discovered and the situation comes to a head, with Hoyt eventually confronting and killing Scopes and then killing himself. David and Elizabeth begin their lives anew, clinging to each other and hoping for a brighter future together.

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