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Caught in the Act: A Courageous Family's Fight to Save Their Daughter from a Serial Killer Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425235432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235430
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must-read for all those who are interested in true crime stories.
susie
I had no idea that there was even a book about it but I am sure, for me atleast, it is going to be an interesting read.
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The author is very detailed in what happens and it is hard to put down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MoodyBlue on May 17, 2011
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Jeannie McDonough and her family are ordinary people who were thrown into an unordinary situation. One hot summer night the McDonough's hear a stirring in the next room where their teenage daughter is sleeping. Something tells them to go in and check on her and when they enter the room they see she is being attacked by a large man. The husband springs into action wrestling the attacker to the floor and holding him until the cops arrive. They later find out the man has attacked several women, leaving two dead. Jeannie McDonough is a kind and compassionate woman and it comes through in "Caught". She tells the story of her daughter's ordeal what her family goes through, and the story of the two women who were killed. She also forms a bond with the victims families. It's a touching story, at times I felt my eyes get misty. If you're looking for a good true crime book - Caught in the Act is for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Rizzardi on March 31, 2011
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I enjoyed "Caught in the Act" after watching the news show about the story and wanting more details on the events. It is not a gripping page-turner but a decent account by a person intimately affected by the crime. The heroism shown by the family was a great example of fighting back when your loved ones are threatened and this was personified by Kevin McDonough subduing a man twice his size. As a male, I can identify with this guy and really appreciate his "protective" nature towards his family. Jeannie catalogs their emotions well as the court system drags on in an attempt to bring Adam Lane to justice. If you've watched the TV account, the book is anti-climactic since you know the sequence of events that led to the capture of the killer. Nevertheless, this book is more about the struggle inside a mother whose family survived what could have been a real tragedy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on April 4, 2011
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July 29, 2007, is a day that will live forever in the minds of the McDonough family, for it was on this night that a serial killer stealthily entered their home and would have murdered 15-year-old Shea if not for the swift action and amazing bravery of her parents, Kevin and Jeannie.

Adam Leroy Lane was a trucker with passion for morbid side trips. At random truck stops along the interstates in Americafs Northeastern states, Lane would leave his truck and, under the cover of darkness, prowl nearby neighborhoods in search of an unlocked door and a vulnerable woman.

His first known victim would be Darlene Ewalt, who was murdered on the back deck of her Pennsylvania home as she sat talking on the phone with a friend; and her husband and son sleeping inside.

Thirty-seven year old Patricia Brooks would be the second of Lane's known victims, and the one whose quick thinking would let her survive to tell the story of the man in black who attacked her.

Monica Massaro wouldn't be as fortunate. A single woman living alone in New Jersey duplex, Monica would be the third to die at the hands of this nomadic serial killer.

Lane's reign of terror would end when he crossed the threshold of the McDonoughfs home in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. When he entered Sheafs room, he wasnft counting on a teenage girl who was a fighter, a broken air conditioner preventing a deep sleep, or nearby parents who willing to do anything to protect their daughter.

From the very beginning until the cell doors slam shut, first time author Jeannie McDonough recounts the crimes of Adam Lane in a chronologically correct style that has a smooth flowing narrative, giving the impression of being told the story to you as a friend, rather than a reader of published book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Berg on March 31, 2011
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I just started reading this, as I saw this case on 48 Hours, but so far it is an excellent, page turner kind of book. The author is very detailed in what happens and it is hard to put down. Very, very good!! I can't wait to read the rest of the book. I know I will finish this one for sure!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sofia White on June 13, 2011
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This book started as a page turner. The author definitely pulled you in right off the bat. I couldn't put the book down as she described the path and actions of the serial killer. 5 stars for the beginning of the book.

After the killer is caught, the book starts to go downhill. It just drags on. He was supposed to be extradited to here, and he was supposed to have a hearing on such-and-such a date, but it was delayed, he appeared in court, we traveled to a hearing here, etc.

I did not even finish the book.

I feel heartless with this review since it was about real people who were brutally murdered, but to me the book just stopped being interesting after the murderer was caught.

I will admit that I have not read many true crime novels, maybe this is the way many of them are. Perhaps I am just not interested in the mechanics of our slow moving legal system.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susie on April 16, 2011
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Jeannie writes with strength and determination, and she has lived her life this way. A terrible story of a tragedy which, in the McDonough case, was avoided, but not without lasting traumatic effects. A must-read for all those who are interested in true crime stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zane on August 12, 2011
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Wow, I have to admit that I haven't even read the book yet but I am about to order it right now. This guy was my neighbor and it is hard to believe that my parents were living next door to a serial killer. I had no idea that there was even a book about it but I am sure, for me atleast, it is going to be an interesting read.
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