Harlan Coben Writing Styles in The Final Detail

Harlan Coben
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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is third person. This allows for the narrative to be omniscient. Instead of only getting the views and thoughts of Myron, an omniscient point of view gives the reader the ability to see what all characters are thinking and feeling. While Coben could have expanded on the views of others, he concentrates on Myron's. This helps the reader to understand Myron's constant struggle within himself to do the right, good thing rather than act cold and without consequence as Win does.

Because this is a mystery novel, it is interesting that Coben did choose a third person omniscient view. He is trying to conceal who committed the crime from the reader. It seems like this would have been done more effectively with a first person point of view. That way, the reader would only know Myron's feelings and feel...

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