2. The Stranger
- Release Date: Jan. 30, 2020
- Cast: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye, Dervla Kirwan, Kadiff Kirwan, Jacob Dudman, Ella-Rae Smith, Brandon Fellows, Misha Handley, Anthony Head, Hannah John-Kamen, Stephen Rea, and more
The Stranger is based on Coben's novel of the same name and published in 2015. The Netflix original series premiered in the winter of 2020, and it's easily one of the most popular of Coben's Netflix shows.
Richard Armitage, a staple of Coben's Netflix shows, as mentioned throughout this list, stars as Adam Prince, a husband and father of two young boys. When Adam is approached by a stranger at a sports club who reveals a big secret about Adam's wife and family, Adam's wife, Corinne, played by Dervla Kirwan, had a secret about a recent pregnancy. In the chao that ensues, Corinne goes missing, and Adam tries to get to the bottom of this mystery. As it turns out, Corinne and Adam aren't the only ones with deep, dark secrets.
The Stranger is a bit silly, as a premise, and that's why I think it gets overlooked. Some truly wonky moments and things don't make that much sense, but overall, this is one entertaining mystery. That's why it's got the No. 2 spot on the ranking of Coben's Netflix shows. There's just too much to like about Armitage, how he plays this character, and how the story unfolds. I also like Siobhan Finneran's performance as DS Johanna Griffen. Although there were many connections between these characters, I felt like Finneran connected this story in a much-needed way.