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"Getting caught is the mother of invention." Robert Byrne

  • Sep 25, 2010
Harlen Coben's novels are a joy to read, in part, because they are so realistic that it's easy for the reader to imagine that the incidents are happening to someone they know, or, to themselves.

Seventeen-year-old Haley Waid goes missing from home and her parents realize that they are beginning to experience a parent's worst nightmare.

Elsewhere, we find social worker, Dan Mercer, who is a giving person, coaches girl's basketball and helps seriously troubled youngsters. Dan is in the midst of answering a young girl's plea to come to her home for assistance. He arrives and hears a voice telling to come in. He enters the home and walks into a sting operation run by reporter, Wendy Tynes, and coordinated with the police.

Wendy's goal is to catch sexual predators, publicly humiliate them and have them arrested.

When Wendy confronts Dan and tells him that she knows that he came to that home in order to have sex with an underage girl, Dan tells her that she's wrong and that he's being set-up. Wendy scoffs and informs him that that's what they all say.

There is a pre-trial hearing but no matter what the outcome, Dan is labeled as a sexual predator and faces public wrath.

This is a suspenseful, can't put down story where the facts are revealed gradually and Wendy attempts to get the real answers to what happened. However, there is more to the story and her life and reputation face a stern test.

The characters are sympathetic and described in a believable manner and the novel is breathtaking.

The author's message seems to be that no matter what the initial findings are, don't believe everything that you're told.

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From the #1New York Timesbestselling 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,Caughttells 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.

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ISBN-10: 052595158X
ISBN-13: 978-0525951582
Author: Harlan Coben
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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