Harlan Coben Writing Styles in Tell No One

Harlan Coben
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Point of View

The story is divided between first person from Dr. David Beck's perspective and third person omniscient point of view, which is an interesting deviation from traditional stories that stick with either first person or third person. There are some entire chapters that are written in first person from David's point of view and some other chapters written entirely in third person with an omniscient perspective. The change is always immediately evident, but may be distracting to some readers. The use of both first and third-person narratives is useful in that the first-person sections of the book put the reader directly into the mind and thoughts of the main character, David. While the use of a third-person perspective would have been adequate, there's little doubt that the reader will identify more deeply with David because of this first-person perspective. The third person perspective is necessary in building...

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