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Caught [Kindle Edition]

Harlan Coben
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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, and is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old New Jersey girl, the shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts about the motives of the people around her.

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Along with his Myron Bolitar series, Coben's stand-alone novels have cemented his reputation as a solid writer and a relentless plotter of high-octane entertainment. "I'm pretty sure it all worked out in the end, with no loose ends, but I wouldn't want to take a test," the Washington Post says of the "rococo plot" in Caught. The author's "family" novels address some important social issues and will resonate with anyone who has children, and the Internet angle is timely. With his latest effort--though, admittedly, a generally slower-paced effort with weaker characterization than in other novels--Coben delivers solid entertainment. Again.


"Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook and twist." Dan Brown"

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  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030AOBSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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371 of 405 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR March 23, 2010
WOW!! What A Story!!

I don't want to tell you too much because I don't want to spoil any of the suspense the builds throughout this book but here are the basics:

This is the story of high school senior, Haley McWaid, the pride of her family, good grades, never gets in trouble, a little obsessive compulsive who doesn't come home one night and goes missing.

It is also the story of Dan Mercer, a social worker, who works with troubled teens, who may be a sexual predator, as he is "CAUGHT" by a television show, hosted by Wendy Tynes who is on a mission to expose internet predators. It also delves into the lives of Dan's old college roommates and how they may have complicated Dan's life. The whole thing leaves Wendy worrying about who she can trust.

This story takes more twists and turns than an old country road and you better be belted in. It is a story filled with tension, stress, pressure, that challenges the reader. It is a thrilling, gripping, spine tingling novel that deals with things that could only be seen on television setting up shop in this community.

Harlan Coben takes all these plots and ties them together in what I believe will be the best book I read this year.
You will be "CAUGHT" from the first page and you will not be RELEASED even after the last word.
This is definitely not a book to me missed.

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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Coben we know and love! March 24, 2010
By JSim
Coben has never written a truly disappointing novel, but his last few efforts--beginning with "The Woods"--veered away from the twist-a-minute storytelling that made his earlier novels so compelling. The twists and accelerated pacing were still there, but to a noticeably smaller degree, and long-time readers couldn't help but feel that they had been treated to two seperate Cobens: Pre-"The Woods" Coben and Post-"The Woods" Coben.

"Caught" is a definitely a return to form for this astonishing thriller writer. The twists are back, the characterizations are as well-drawn as in previous works, and Coben's trademark suburbanite slice-of-life ruminations are as poignant and spot-on as ever.

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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment April 28, 2010
I love Coben. He is one of my favorite writers. That's why it is so hard to dislike any of his books. But, unfortunately, try as I might, I simply can not like "Caught" or recommend it to anyone, including Coben fans.

The plot is one of those "ripped from the headlines" type. TV news show sets up pedophile for on camera arrest after doing the online meet thing. Really good premise and, initially, it takes some very interesting twists. It is the twists that does this book in. There is only so much "but wait, there's something else" that I can take even in mysteries/thrillers. And this book goes way past that limit. By the time you get to the end (and, frankly, I had to force myself to finish--something I would never have believed of a Harlan Coben book), the plot is so convoluted that it is hard to keep the players straight and then, finally, you just don't care.

In Coben's defense, he does a great job of making Wendy (the reporter and star of this book) a real person and, as I am a huge Myron Bolitar series fan, it was great to see Win worked into the plot as a minor character.

But, in the end, all the great characterizations does not save an overworked plot that wears thin long before the pages end.

I'm sorry to say this but skip "Caught" and catch one of Coben's older books for a good read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Right Up There with the "1 Stars" February 13, 2011
I've read every one of Coben's books other than the Myron Bolitar series. He's in my top ten favorite authors and I scour new book listings for his latest so I can be among the first to read them. I've loved them all. However, I read this one to the end waiting for it to redeem itself, and was so relieved when it was over. There is a BIG difference between "building suspense" and forcing readers to wait and slog agonizingly through an excess of extraneous detail that does not move, and is not necessary to, the plot or development of central characters. If I recall correctly, it took until around chapter 29 before it began to pick up the pace. And I'm not one of those readers who slavers over "action books", so it's not a case of being impatient with a genuine requirement for a measured pace. This one looks like he wrote it in an earlier century...back when they paid by the page. (Remember trudging through Moby Dick?) I do hope this is not a trend for him.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Coben's best July 10, 2010
Caught by Coben is a really good book. Its hard to go into the plot here because of all the twists and turns it takes at the very end. Its a story that slowly builds to a satisfying climax.

The premise that this novel is created upon revolves around a missing high-school girl, a pedophile, and a reporter who outed the pedophile. Coben is good at creating a Hitchcock everyman character. A character like Cary Grant in North by Northwest or Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much. And were introduced to his typical everyman hero in the guise of Dan Mercer. Dan takes care of kids as a social worker and in the opening chapters he either was or was not set up as a pedophile caught by a news reporting team led by Wendy Tynes.

So my main beef with Caught is this. He gives us a character to root for with Dan Mercer. He gives us a character to despise with Wendy Tynes. But then Coben changes focus and concentrates on Tynes as the protagonist and Mercer is out of the picture. It took me a couple hundred pages to warm up to Tynes because of how Coben tore her apart right at the beginning. I dont think that as an author, Coben should have torn apart his protagonist like that. Readers, especially genre readers are drawn to likeable hero's. Wendy was NOT likeable to start with at least. And thus the story was at times difficult to slog through.

So, since I am not giving away the plot here, let me just finish by saying, this is a superior Coben effort (still waiting for the masterpiece). Its fun, its suspenseful, its a pretty damn interesting, and you'll be on the edge of your seat in anticipation of finding out what the heck is going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twist and turns
Hard to put down. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist. Great reading. Enjoyed very much.
Published 21 hours ago by Rhonda L. Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
great read!!! I'm on book five of this author and about to start book six! simply amazing and keeps you guessing!
Published 1 day ago by fener defh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 days ago by prolline115
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept me guessing.
Published 3 days ago by Geri
4.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Coben's books are always a great read that you just can't put...
Harlan Coben's books are always a great read that you just can't put down! I finished this book in 2 days. Great story line and well written.
Published 5 days ago by Pati Richards
3.0 out of 5 stars Rambling read
Way to much rambling to keep my interest for long. I would have to go back to refresh my memory on who did what.
Published 7 days ago by Al Amirault
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Well written.
I almost didn't read this because of the negative reviews, but I really enjoyed it. It kept my attention well. I listened to the audio of it and it was well produced and performed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cookie77
3.0 out of 5 stars contained good grammar rules and accurate spelling
This book was well written,contained good grammar rules and accurate spelling. These points made the book enjoyable to read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ann Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
typical great book by Coben
Published 11 days ago by paul wnek
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
Caught is a difficult book to lay aside. It keekps you guessing until the end.
Published 12 days ago by Marilyn Brandon
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Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.

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$15.37 for the Kindle edition?
Co-sign. It was something like $13.58 a few days ago, and I thought THAT was ridiculous. The price of the hardback on amazon was something like $15.07 a few days ago, that got jacked up too. I'll grab it at Costco, read it, give it to a family member, then in a couple years get the Kindle... Read More
Mar 10, 2010 by J. Ehret |  See all 16 posts
caught spoiler question!!!!!!
He lived. Ed Garrison faked his death and helped him move out of the country.
Apr 20, 2011 by K. T. Coleman |  See all 2 posts
Why Kindle edition not until May 23?
I'm just reading other authors and like you reading the higher priced books at the library.....I used to buy them on the kindle...guess they won't miss our money...
Feb 20, 2010 by Connie S. Kalada |  See all 10 posts
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