- File Size: 4565 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (February 25, 2010)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0030AOBSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“The thrill-a-minute action zooms on sharp, slippery twists and turns in a white-knuckle race from start to finish.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts
“With Caught, Harlan Coben knocked another one out of the park!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson
“A Tilt-A-Whirl of a story....Buckle up and prepare for whiplash.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all: nail-biting suspense, roller-coaster plots, relevant social issues, and pitch-perfect characters.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah
“Caught is dark-hearted, quintessential Coben...guaranteed to make you both look over your shoulder and sign up with the good guys.”—New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice
“This is Harlan Coben at his best.”—The Huffington Post
“[A] tour de force of storytelling...All the secrets interlock and reinforce each other like tiles in a grand and seamless mosaic.”—The Washington Post
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Wendy was a strong and interesting character. Very believable. I also loved the brief appearance of Win.
My only complaint was that it wasn't long enough, but then it might not have flowed so perfectly.
Really great book.
UPDATE. Decided to keep reading. It's better but still drags because of the minutiae in describing every scene and the character's thoughts. It has no bearing on the story line.
"So I'm here to tell you: Don't send me your self involved AA nonsense. I don't care. I don't want to forgive you so you can heal or recover or whatever the hell you call it...."
Wendy hosts a newsmagazine style show called Caught in the Act, which exposes child sexual predators, live and in color, usually at a sting house where the internet chat room lurkers are lured. Her latest exposé ensnares Dan Mercer, a Big Brother type volunteer who coaches and councils troubled inner-city kids. Dan, a divorced Princeton grad, who was a foster child himself, is subsequently arrested and finds his life in ruins. The story jumps three months. Haley McWaid, a teenager and classmate of Wendy's son Charlie, has been missing since around the time of Mercer's arrest. The intermingling of these two unfortunate incidents is what drives the intricate plot of Coben's latest novel.
Harlan Coben is basically a dual mode author. Firstly, he writes a series of private eye thrillers featuring Myron Bolitar, a sort of soft-boiled sports agent who finds himself enmeshed in all sorts of intrigue. And secondly, he writes the more socially conscious mysteries like Caught, which usually take place near his real life home of Ridgewood, New Jersey, a somewhat peaceful, wealthy suburban town, about an hour northwest of NYC. For the most part these New Jersey books are separate entities, but occasionally Coben will reintroduce his more dynamic characters like: Frank Tremont, a main character from his last NJ thriller, Hold Tight, and a minor player in Caught; Windsor Horne Lockwood III, a preppy business and computer whiz who is a childhood friend of Myron Bolitar as well as casual sex interest for reporter Tynes; and Hester Crimstein, a no-nonsense, risible, and caustic New York lawyer, one of my favorite recurring Coben characters.
In Caught, Coben continues to engage his readers in thoughtful social commentary ripped from the morning headlines. The issue this time becomes modern day smear tactics i.e.; viral blogs, viral video, etc... How easy it is in the current technological climate, with the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube, to spread the word, albeit slanderous, about anyone or anything. There are also subtexts that runs throughout many of the author's thrillers. In this book, one of the questions he tackles asks: how much trust do we give our kids and to what length are we willing to go to protect them? Wendy ponders these hypotheticals as she attends the regular meeting of Kasselton High School's Project Graduation, a gathering of parents scheming to make their kid's graduation experience as enjoyable and safe as possible. She peruses the various booths set up along the hallway: Not In Our House, a campaign against parents hosting underage drinking parties; another booth urged parents to post signs which proclaimed DRIVE SLOWLY WE *heart* OUR CHILDREN (as if you don't); Yet another kiosk handed out drinking pledge contracts, coaxing teens to swear an oath to never drink and drive. As she takes her seat, one of the fathers who sits next to her, gestures to the booths.
"`Safety Overkill' he said. `We're so overprotective don't you think?'
Wendy said nothing..."
But later she wonders,
"...if perhaps Ariana Nasbro's parents should have attended one of the over-the-top orientations, if maybe all this apparent safety overkill would indeed save a life during the next few weeks, so that some other family wouldn't have to deal with what she and Charlie had."
The reader gets the feeling that Coben is frequently weaving his spin into the text, sometimes in a smart-alecky way, but always leaving room for the prevailing ethos. Throughout the book, Coben touches on everything from vigilantism to pseudo Rap music, adding humor in splotches here and there. All of it mixed with a suspenseful plot add up to a satisfying reading experience. Though for me, the essence of this novel returns to the source of Wendy's psychic pain; it's all about our capacity to forgive.
[...] Book Jones 3.5 Stars
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Caught was really quite complicated but it was all explained in the end with some shocking truths revealed - and I love nothing more than being shocked with surprising twists and turns.
Initially, I didn't like Wendy because I saw her as a nosy, lying journalist. However, I grew to like her because she had a conscience: she couldn't live with herself knowing that she had caused a possibly innocent man's (Dan Mercer's) conviction and subsequent death. That made her human and I really began to see her as a troubled individual who wanted nothing more than to get to the truth of Dan Mercer's guilt/innocent and Haley Mcwaid's disappearance.
Overall, Caught was a good read and I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy thrillers with surprising revelations.
It's a story very well told and all the way through he takes different little turns with it and I was wondering........was our protagonist guilty or not ? I changed my mind about him almost all the way through. That's very cleverly done indeed.
I liked what he told us on page 4 about the best men heading off to war. That is very thought-provoking indeed, actually. He lost me a few pages along when he said..."Maybe later, after your circle jerk". He may as well have been speaking in Swahili as I don't have a clue what that means !!
There were some truly laugh-out-loud lines peppered throughout too.
I spotted a lot of dropped speechmarks here and there which was aggravating and at one point I'd have used tack not track but I'm unsure if that was a mistake or the word he chose.
I did get a little confused in places and one part still baffles me a little but it didn't ruin anything for me.
I've read him before, I'll read him again-that's for sure.
This story did highlight the dangers of assumptions, gossip and lies - both professionally and personally...and how quickly people judge and believe anything.
Great characters and an entertaining whodunnit.
Enjoyable all the same. This plot was hard to follow at times, but stuck with it to the end and ad usual it ended with a good twist. Would recommend this book to all readers of fiction.