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Harlan Coben is one of the most prolific writers of our time and signed a contract in 2018 (later renewed in 2022) with Netflix that will adapt many of his novels into Netflix original productions. As of October 2022, there are 7 Harlan Coben shows on Netflix, with many more on the way. Here’s your guide to Harlan Coben on Netflix.

While we don’t have a full picture of Harlan Coben’s deal with Netflix, we originally did. ran until 2023 but it got a facelift in 2022, which means there’s a lot more Coben to come.

Coben had officially stated that he hoped to continue working with Netflix and that he currently has plans for two more shows, which would bring him to «nine of the 14 planned when the deal closed.»

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Myron Bolitar’s series, which ran from 1995 to 2016 in 11 premieres, was notably excluded from the Netflix deal initially struck, but will be included from 2022 onwards.

Coben’s production company, Final Twist Productions, is behind these titles along with Netflix.

We must also point out that The fiveadapted from the novel by Harlan Coben, it left Netflix US in 2021, as it was only licensed to Netflix for a fixed period of time.

While we’ll list Harlan Coben’s collection on Netflix below, you can also find them grouped together within Netflix via a special genre category.

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Harlan Coben series available on Netflix


Book Release: N/A
Released on Netflix:
May 10, 2018
Language: English
IMDb rating: 7.3

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Although Netflix was the international distributor of Surethis is believed to be outside of the overall agreement with StudioCanal’s distribution in France on channel C8, but it remains on Netflix as an original, so we thought we should include it nonetheless.

The limited series featured Michael C. Hall, known for his role on Showtime’s Right handed. The actor played a widow who searches for her daughter and begins to discover uncomfortable truths about those around him.

The stranger

Released book: 2015
Released on Netflix:
January 30, 2020
Language: English
IMDb rating: 7.3

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Throughout this limited series, you will discover a series of secrets and lies of several families after the appearance of a stranger in the city.

Richard Armitage (who will appear in several other Netflix Coben projects) making the headlines, with Siobhan Finneran and Shaun Dooley also starring.

the forest

Released book: 2007
Netflix Release Date:
June 12, 2020
Language: Polish
IMDb rating: 6.5

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The original deal called for Netflix to adapt Coben’s range of books into multiple languages, which began in mid-2020 with the forest The limited series made headlines for being the second major Netflix original production in Poland.

Starring local talent including Grzegorz Damiecki, Agnieszka Grochowska and Hubert Milkowski, the series followed a prosecutor’s hope of finding answers to his sister’s disappearance 25 years earlier.

The innocent

Released book: 2005
Netflix Release Date:
April 30, 2021
Language: Spanish

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Coming to Netflix at the end of April 2021, it is the first Spanish production from Harlan Coben’s library.

Oriol Paulo adapted the limited series starring Mario Casas, Alexandra Jiménez, Aura Garrido and José Coronado.

The eight-episode series follows an accidental murder that leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder.

gone forever

Released book: 2002
Netflix Release Date: August 13, 2021
Language: French

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gone forever it is the first Harlan Coben adaptation in French. The 5-part limited series began production in September 2020 and was released just under a year later. It is directed by Juan Carlos Medina, who notably directed The lime house golem.

They starred Garance Marillier, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Guillaume Gouix, Finnegan Oldfield and Nailia Harzoune.

Here’s what you can expect from the series:

“Ten years after losing two loved ones, a man is plunged into another dizzying mystery when his girlfriend goes missing. Based on a novel by Harlan Coben.

stay close

Released book: 2012
Netflix Release Date: December 31, 2021
Language: English

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Returning to the UK is stay closeproduction that took place in early 2021.

Daniel O’Hara directed the 8-episode limited series. The original book is set in a more american setting so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to his new British surroundings.

Regarding the talent chosen for the new limited series, Coben said: “Talking about a cast of dreams come true: Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and incredible talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor who I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage again! And we also have the amazing Sarah Parish”

This is what you can expect from stay close:

“With characteristic thrills, gripping suspense, and secrets of past crimes beginning to unravel, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. Four people hide dark secrets from their closest beings; Megan (Jumbo), a working mother of three, Ray (Armitage), a once-promising documentary photographer, Broome (Nesbitt), a detective unable to let go of a cold missing person case, and Lorraine ( Parish), an old friend of Megan’s. . As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?

hold on tight

Released book: 2008
Netflix Release Date: April 22, 2022
Language: Polish

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The second Polish adaptation of a Harlan Coben book arrived in early 2022 with the adaptation of Hold tight.

Here is the official logline for the series:

«When a young man disappears shortly after the death of his friend, life in a prosperous Warsaw suburb slowly falls apart, revealing secrets and lies.»

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fool me once

Released book: 2016
Country of origin: United Kingdom

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Announced in February 2023, this new limited series will be set in the UK and will adapt Coben’s 2016 novel.

The eight-part series will follow Maya Stern, who is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her husband.

Michelle Keegan, Adeel Akhtar, Richard Armitage and Joanna Lumley lead the cast of the series.

Myron Bolitar

Language: English
Country of origin: USA

Announced as part of the update of the withdrawal agreement in 2022 was a new English-language series that would become «the streamer’s first US-produced show based on Coben’s novels».

The series will reportedly continue, likely adapting the books in order.

For those unfamiliar, Myron Bolitar featured 11 book entries, including:

  • Deal Breaker – 1995
  • Straight Shot – 1996
  • Fade Out – 1996
  • Turn Back – 1997
  • One False Move – 1998
  • The Final Detail – 1999
  • Darkest Fear – 2000
  • Promise Me – 2006
  • Long Lost – 2009
  • Live Wire – 2011
  • Start – 2016

Six years

Released book: 2013
Netflix Release Date: Determined
Language: English

First announced in May 2020, David Ayer was announced to be on board to direct this book as a feature film with Jonathan W. Stokes working on the script.

Unfortunately, since the original announcement, we have not heard anything about its development.

This is what you can expect from the story:

«A man attempts to reunite with the lost love of his life six years after she marries someone else, but begins to doubt the accuracy of his memories of her.»


Released book: 2019
Netflix Release Date: Determined
Language: Determined

this was announced at the beginning of the Netflix pact, but we’re not sure where it’s in development. The novel at the time wouldn’t be released until a year later, and since then, we haven’t heard what shape the Netflix project will take.

Here’s what the story is about to give us an idea of ​​what we can expect from any Netflix adaptation.

Other Coben books that could be adapted

Above are six announced projects, which leaves another eight books to adapt. With the exclusion of Myron Bolitar’s novels, this is what remains to be adapted:

  • Mickey Blitar novels (Shelter, Seconds Away, Found)
  • Playing the dead
  • miracle cure
  • Do not tell anybody
  • no second chance
  • just one look
  • caught
  • Missing You
  • fool me once
  • do not let go
  • Flee
  • the boy of the forest
  • Gain

Away from Netflix, Harlan Coben is developing Shelter for Prime Video.

Are you waiting for any of these Harlan Coben projects to hit Netflix? What is your favorite currently streaming? Let us know in the comments.