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Harlan Coben has been a consistently good writer and this novel is no exception.

  • Jun 28, 2010

This story is gripping, suspenseful, and unusual, with likable characters and surprising but reasonable twists. The book is filled with easy-to-read dialogue so that a person who generally reads forty pages an hour can easily slid through seventy, without missing a word or exciting event. Readers will be moved by the paragraph beginning at the bottom of page 230. They will be enthralled by two scenes where lawyers show lawyerly skills.

We are introduced to Dan Mercer on page 1 and we like him immediately. Even his ex-wife loves him, and Dan baby-sits for her and her new husband’s children. Then on page 7, we read that Dan is caught in a TV sting. Wendy Tynes, the TV reporter who ensnares him, is convinced that he is a pedophile, but then she isn’t sure. She meets other people accused of crimes, including nearly everyone that roomed together at Princeton University. One of these men meets daily with four friends at Starbucks who lost their jobs because of the hard economic times. They offer to help Wendy uncover what happened, but they are stopped. So she turns to the intelligent, very rich, and resourceful, but haughty Win, a character from other Coben books, who helps her.

We meet Marcia Mcwaid on page 8 and learn that her daughter disappeared. Was Dan somehow involved in this disappearance?

Ed Grayson is introduced on page 17. His son was molested by a pedophile and Ed is sure that Dan did it. He shoots Dan later in front of Wendy Tynes, but the body disappears. Ed tells Wendy that she has no clue about what is really happening.

Readers will enjoy finding out if Ed is wrong, who committed the crimes, what were the crimes.

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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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