Jun 01

Caught

Posted by Soliloquy in Books on CD

Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, 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 bring down sexua… More >>

Caught

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  • 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.

    […]
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • 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 “everyman slice-of-life suburbia” ruminations are as poignant and spot-on as ever.

    More please.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • The strength of a Coben thriller is how he mixes the thriller into the everyday and looks at themes from modern life. Typically his stories takes the common man or woman and puts them in a extraordinary situation. When I started this book and saw that it was going to deal with pedophiles I was a little worried at where Coben was going to take me. I do not care to read any detailed descriptions on that subject. No worries though, the story looks at the subject from the standpoint of false accusations, fear and the power of being found guilty in the court of public opinion. Imagine a crime so heinous that your reputation is destroyed whether you are found guilty of the crime or not.

    In the story you meet Wendy Tynes a Junior reporter who is covering a sting set up to catch pedophiles. This is similar to The Catch a Predator shows on NBC where men are lured to a house thinking they are meeting an under aged girl. But what happens when you catch the wrong guy in your trap? Wendy finds out this maybe the case, but then things begin to spiral out of control and the story whips you around to place you did not see coming! Typical Coben! A wild ride down a mountain road with more twists and turns and finally reaching a “I did not see it coming conclusion!” For another Coben style thriller with a cant’ see it coming ending check out Tourist in the Yucatan.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • This book seems to have been written by two different people. The first 2/3s is full of clunky writing and cliches, enough that I almost gave up. Some examples:

    A hush fell over the room. Ten-A-Fly took off his sunglasses as if they’d angered him. His scowl aimed at intimidation but seemed more in the neighborhood of constipation.

    or:

    Sussex County sheriff Mickey Walker loomed behind him like a solar eclipse.

    or this snippet of dialogue:

    Pops groused the entire way home. “I had that shawtry in the palm of my hand.”

    “Sorry.” Then: “Shawtry?”

    “I like to keep up on modern terms for chicks.”

    and:

    Apparently, an “erotic dancer” (read “stripper”) named “Desire” (maybe not her real name) had given the story to a local newspaper.

    Hey, thanks for those parenthetical explanations! You mean strippers use made-up names!? You’re kidding me!

    There’s a short paragraph where the adjective “beloved” is used not once but twice. Have you ever said that word, short of reading a paid-for obituary in the local paper?

    Page 78:

    She dived under the car, using it as a shield. She had left the door unlocked.

    [4 lines later]:

    She fished into her pocket and got her car remote. She unlocked the door.

    Whoops. Bad continuity there.

    Or this:

    They were sprawled on the den furniture as only teenage boys can, as though they’d removed their skeletons, hung them in a nearby closet, and slid to a collapse against whatever upholstery was nearby.

    There are so many things wrong with that sentence I don’t know where to start.

    Things change later in the book. Instead of reading like a fast first draft, the writing tightens up and serves the intriguing plot well. If the whole book had read this way, more stars.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  • 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.

    Rating: 2 / 5



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