Dollycas, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Dollycas)
Definitely the best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller novel I read in 2010. Edge of my seat and it's been months since I read it and still remember it vividly!!! A MUST READ!!!!
Anything to boost ratings and enhance a stalled career: Wendy Tynes, attractive local TV newswoman, is certain that directly confronting social worker Dan Mercer in the act of meeting a thirteen-year-old girl will do both. But she is unceremoniously dumped by the station when a judge rules that her ambitious confiscation of evidence was illegal. That may have been the end of it all, but she gets a call from Dan – he wants to meet. She knows that his ex-wife Jenna adamantly insists that he is not a predator. To her credit, she has enough nagging concerns that she meets with Dan, which sets off a series of rapid-fire developments that leave the reader hanging on for dear life.
There are a number of complications. It seems that Dan may have had a connection with Haley McWaid, a seventeen-year-old girl and top student, who simply disappeared three months ago. In addition, his Princeton buddies have all had inexplicable life-altering setbacks of late. One of them Phil meets at a local Starbucks with a group of unemployed men who call themselves the Fathers Club. Wendy goes from being a reporter to an unofficial lead investigator at some risk to her own well-being.
Unlike the author’s Myron Bolitar books, there is scarcely any character development. One character, blue-blood Win, from that series makes a key appearance, playing his usual super-human self. Personalities are definitely secondary to the frenetic action and the nonstop revealing of pieces of the puzzle. The author does manage to pull together the disparate elements, some of which stretch probability. The author, disappointingly, bypasses numerous opportunities for reflection and deeper character interaction.
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Charles Stulick, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by Charles Stulick)
Once again Harlan Coben has proven that he is the modern master of the suspense novel. His books normally take a number of twists and turns until he is ready to spring the unexpected ending on the reader. Caught is no exception. In his latest, he has a number of subplots that he weaves together and hits you one surprise ending after another. But this is just not a mystery novel. He also has written of message of forgiveness that rides underneath the mystery. A true fascinating read.
Bob Powell, November 30, 2009 (view all comments by Bob Powell)
Can't wait to read this one. His books are always more than just a "beach read" and friend are always wanting to borrow his latest books when I have finished them. Highly recommend this, sight unseen.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestseller Coben (Hold Tight) has a knack for taking everyday nightmares and playing with life's endless 'what ifs,' as shown in this stand-alone thriller, a tightly choreographed dance of guilt and innocence, forgiveness and retribution. Frank Tremont, a world-weary, near-retirement investigator for New Jersey's Essex County, has to face his failure to solve his last case — the disappearance of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Dan Mercer stands accused of being a sexual predator thanks to the ambush journalism of Wendy Tynes, a tabloid TV reporter, who must cope with her husband's death caused by a drunken driver as well as reckon with the possibility of Mercer's innocence. When Tynes finds a link between a father of one of Mercer's alleged victims and others felled by scandal, she could become a killer's next victim. If the wealth of characters dilutes the suspense, Coben gives readers lots to think about when judging rights and wrongs. 500,000 first printing; 12-city author tour. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"A taut thriller that doesn't let go until the last page."
by Providence Journal,
"It catches you from the first page and doesn't let go until the very last one is turned. This is Coben at his absolute best, which is very, very good."
by Library Journal,
"Coben is in top form exposing the dark underside of modern suburbia. The story will chill readers, especially parents of teenagers. Complex and intricate, this is his best book since Promise Me."
From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense comes a fast-paced, emotion-packed novel about guilt, grief, and our capacity to forgive
17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.
Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate — and nationally televised — sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.
In a novel that challenges as much as it thrills, filled with the astonishing tension and unseen suburban machinations that have become Coben's trademark, Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes she can't trust her own instincts about this story — or the motives of the people around her.
In this explosive new thriller, a reporter's investigative work has resulted in a man being taken into custody in front of a shocked television audience. But months later, she realizes she may have unwittingly been part of a grand manipulation aiming to destroy an innocent man.
Reporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationally televised sting operations. But when social worker Dan Mercer walks into her trap, Wendy gets thrown into a story more complicated than she could ever imagine. Dan is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old New Jersey girl, and the shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts about the motives of the people around her, while confronting the true nature of guilt, grief, and her own capacity for forgiveness.…
The past never truly fades away.…
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but now he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as paparazzo. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case.
Three people living lives they never wanted are hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper thin as a heartbeat.
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