Caught

Caught

Book - 2010
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling 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, Caught tells 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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Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2010
ISBN: 9780525951582
9780451232700
Branch Call Number: COBEN
Characteristics: 388 p

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XkatX
May 25, 2017

What a page turner! This book has many varied characters and the plot really grips your attention!

JasonAT Dec 09, 2014

His best Books are, Just One Look, Caught, And tell No One.

Harlan Coben is the Alfred Hitchcock of The Book World.

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2kool4skool
Jul 19, 2014

Really amazing book. Probably one of my favorites of all time.

Krajzel Sep 08, 2013

Just about the time you think you have things figured out, a new twist comes in and you again wonder who the culprit is. Harlan Coben deals with predictors of teenage girls and leads one thru the changes in the lives of a handful of characters. Written with many twists and turns it is a real page turner. You will find yourself thinking about the plot as you go about your daily lives, until you finally finish the book with a very surprise ending. Way to go Mr. Coben!

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Sarah1984
Aug 22, 2013

7/08 - Exciting book with a twist that I didn't see coming. This is 3.5 more than 4, but I'm feeling generous today. I kind of felt like Coben was trying to get a few messages across with this book, namely the importance of internet security and underage drinking permitted by parents. I don't like being preached at and that's what I felt like while I was reading some of the passages, especially the ones focussing on the perils of underage drinking with the involvement of the parents. Personally I don't drink alcohol at all (I've found it all tastes terrible) and most of my friends abstain as well, so I've never been in the kind of situation that Hayley found herself in (and as a teenager I went out of my way to stay away from teenage parties where I might find myself in a situation like that). I'm also not a parent, but if I was and it looked like my teenager was going to go in the opposite direction to me, I would like to think that I'd be able to sit down with them and come up with some rules (like a limit on the amount of alcohol, strict rules on who is invited and a time limit). I would much rather they had a couple of drinks in my living room, than attempt to get fake I.D.s and get into clubs with hundreds of much older strangers/predators (especially in the case of a teenage girl).
Regarding the majority of the plot (this is where the book earned its stars) I had no idea what was going to happen, so as each twist was revealed I was surprised. I read it in just over 24 hours, so I didn't have enough time to really contemplate who the perpertrator might be (in Dan Mercer's or Phil Turner's case), I was just along for the ride.

joeconte19 Jul 28, 2012

Harlan never disappoints.

Kathleen1028 Jun 08, 2012

His BEST books are "Gone for Good" and "Tell No One". Myron Bolitar books are ok, but they don't grab you like these two. HIGHLY recommended!

loonylovesgood May 12, 2012

Couldn't put it down near the end....good story, I would read more by him!

MerlinsMum May 13, 2011

My first Harlan Corben novel and while it was good I wasn't blown away by it. I think it would have been a better novel if we had gotten to know and understand Dan Mercer.

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gr8_reader
Mar 21, 2011

I find that HC gets more and more depressing and his stories are becoming more and more bleak... I discovered him with "The Innocent" and I was blown away. I guess he is becoming more cynical (or something) because the stories are edgier and usually verging on angry.

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