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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, the17 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....

Title : Caught
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ISBN : 9780525951582
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Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Caught Reviews

  • Mandy
    2019-01-10 20:58

    It was hard not to get "caught" up in this novel (excuse my corny pun). If you haven't read a Coben novel you're missing out. This guy can write books like no one's business. He is to mystery writing as Reba is to country music. Coben is one of the best, if not THE BEST mystery authors out there. My life goal is to read all his books! :) his books are my happy place!This book was another one of his that had twists and turns and at the very end knocks you back and does a one eighty and I FREAKING LOVE THAT! In the beginning of this Dan Mercer goes to a house with a red door.... and after he opens it he can't shut it. His life spirals out of control as does everyone else's that is somewhat associated with him. Wendy Tynes, a high-profile reporter is who was behind that door... she has something on Dan but Dan says he's innocent... but is he?From there, Harlan Coben takes you down a yellow brick road that even Dorothy would be confused on. Everything from scandals to murder, to a missing teenager that seems to have nothing to do with the plot, enters the story and it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Harlan's books make me want to sit down and read them and try as I might I can never figure out his ending, he ALWAYS throws me a curve ball, but that is why I love him!Highly recommend! I will probably always recommend a Coben! :)

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-06 16:56

    I think if I'd read a paper copy I'd have rated more highly. True to form though, Mr Coben has delivered an enjoyable romp into quite a windy sojourn of twists, turns and cul-de-sacs.Ultimately this book was quite satisfying in terms of the ending, but in getting there I felt it was just too slow. In a way, it felt like it kept going and going.. In saying that though, I did like the epilogue, that was satisfaction for me. Whilst this is not my favourite of this author, I still very much look forward to all the books I've yet to read by one of my top authors, probably the paper version! The voices from female to male were just eeew!

  • Michelle♥
    2019-01-12 00:58

    There were two parts to this book. Mind you, I have been anxiously waiting for Coben to come out with a new book. I absolutely love him and think he might be my favorite author of all time.I always get wrapped up and into the story and literally finish his book within a day or less, and that was the case with this one. Like I said there were two parts to this book.It kind of threw me because I'm not used to that style of writing from him. There was the dark anticipation and then it spun you for a whirlwind.I do not want to give away any details from the book, but this was just a little too far-fetched for me. Pedophiles, kidnapping, facebook, one annoying "reporter". I don't know.The only thing I truly liked about this book was the fact that Win made an appearance. (I have a secret love crush on him. He's from the Myron Bolitar series.)For me, this book didn't do Coben justice. It was not what I thought it was going to be, then again his twists and turns never are. But this was just TOO far-fetched this time.One of the best quotes from the book that made me literally laugh out loud and say "so true!" was on page 319:"I remember one time I heard this English professor asking the class what the world's scariest noise is. Is it a man crying out in pain? A woman's scream of terror? A gunshot? A baby crying? And the professor shakes his head and says, 'No, the scariest noise is, you're all alone in your dark empty house, you KNOW you're all alone, you know that there is NO chance anyone else is home or within MILES - and then, suddenly, from upstairs, you hear the toliet flush.'"

  • Matthew
    2019-01-02 19:59

    Wow! When you read this one you will need to take notes, create a flow chart, etc. and I bet you still won't see anything coming. Not only did keep thinking that I had guessed where the story was going, Coben had me convinced I was right and the BAM! nope . . . wrong again! This happened about 10 times. Only 4 stars because it didn't blow me away, but it was very good.Also, the mid-life crisis men's club was pretty funny. And, bonus appearance by Win from the Bolitar series.

  • Daniel Audet
    2019-01-22 18:46

    I finished this book yesterday and as I read the last few lines I couldn't help remarking to myself that this had to be Coben's best one yet. The pacing was break neck, the characters though all different and some as dysfunctional as a human can get - were believable, some even sympathetic, and some NOT, which is as it should be. Our heroine is an investigative news reporter and a single mom who gets embroiled in job related issues (not good ones) and a murder mystery involving a major college, it's alumni, leaders in the community, the feds and local cops, the internet (good social media and techie detail here too), and predators of young girls. As a "plot' this one has it all. Sub-plots to die for, story arcs only a major leaguer like Coben could pull off, just enough narration and description to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing WHO. I read a lot of mysteries and I gotta' tell ya', Harlan had me wondering until the end. You think you have it figured out and he throws you a 100 mile-an-hour curve ball, bang you're back to zero with no choice but to read on. Only someone with this authors skills could make the suburbs the deepest darkest jungle of the human soul, rip it from the headlines and kick your ass with it. You'll question your own values in areas of your mind, heart and spirit and like the characters in this killer thriller you WILL make choices, choices to live by that stay with you like this book will. Whatever genre you like to read or write in, I can't recommend this book enough. At 388 pages it reads as quick as a short story but you'll be glad it's not. Harlan Coben is at the top of his game with this one fiction fans. I very much look forward to his next release. He's on Twitter too: as @HarlanCoben - http://twitter.com/harlancoben_______________________________________________________________________________________________________I was able to get my hands on Caught by major leaguer Harlan Coben so I'm slotting the reading of it before Kristin Kimball's non-fiction book The Dirty Life. This story, so far, and I'm just a dozen or so pages in, has the pacing and intrigue hints I love about Coben's work. I've read several of his books over the last few years and I'm sure this one will be a great ride. More soon as I dive into this story of a girl who disappears, the reasons WHY and the dirty little secrets revealed in a town, that tell us a bit about ourselves, and some among us, that we may not want to face. But we will.

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-12-24 17:00

    I usually cannot stand books with characters who're idiots or plots that rely on those characters being idiots, but this one wasn't so bad. In fact, I had a damn good time. I've met single-cell organisms with more going on upstairs than reporter and all around doofus Wendy, but Harlan Coben made her extremely easy to read about. There's no way she could've put any of the ending together by herself, but the journey was twisty enough that it kept my attention. Oh, and I know Coben has a long-running series, but it was refreshing to read a thriller that wasn't part of a fucking series. I made several updates while reading this book. I said I knew who Chynna was. I was wrong. I said I knew everything about Dan Mercer. I was, again, very wrong. In fact, the only thing I was right about what the level of stupidity of the characters. The plot was convoluted, but not in a bad way. I had to suspend my disbelief once or twice (more on that in the Spoiler Discussion), but what story doesn't call for a bit of suspension? In summation: No reason you won't enjoy reading this one. If nothing else, it's a fine way to blow a dozen hours, that is, if you're slow reader like me. Someone like Shelbs or Kells would likely read this in an hour or so. Final Judgment: Stupid is as stupid does, but, here, stupid is sure fun to watch.Spoiler Discussion: Wherein I spoil Caught, by Harlan Coben.(view spoiler)[So I am to believe that after this girl died of alcohol poisoning in Jenna's house that Jenna kept the girl's cell phone? She went through all that trouble to bury the body way out in the middle of nowhere, but she held onto a cell phone, which she later used to frame her ex-husband. Mind you, she had no idea she would ever need the cell phone. It was just a great coincidence that the need for it arose... Riiiiiiiiiiiight...Who the fuck hears "hunt" and "college students" and doesn't automatically think SCAVENGER HUNT! Fuck off. Wendy's bumbling ass couldn't figure that out? Come on. This lady was oblivious throughout the entire book, and I'm supposed to believe she figured everything out in the end? Nope. Not buying it. All that white rapper nonsense was awkward. I know Harlan Coben meant for it to be awkward, but there's no way this Ten-A-Fly guy had any fans with those lyrics. He was worse than Jamie Kennedy's character in Malibu's Most Wanted. Thanks for joining me. (hide spoiler)]

  • Deanna
    2019-01-12 00:56

    I read this book while on holiday last year and really enjoyed it. Quite a few stories intertwining but focusing primarily on a missing girl and a TV program that carries out live child predator stings. Seemingly normal people hiding some very dark secrets. I have seen a few of the Dateline - To Catch a Predator episodes so I found that story-line quite interesting. There were times I wondered if perhaps the show had read the situation wrong (however unlikely). A person who may in fact be innocent can have their lives irrevocably damaged just by the accusation. I enjoyed the multiple story-lines and many characters. Full of twists, lies, and shocking revelations. Though not always realistic still entertaining. With all of the different events going on I definitely had to pay close attention but for the most part I could keep up. "Caught" is very fast paced with interesting story-lines and many dysfunctional yet entertaining characters. Harlan Coben has a way of pulling you in and not letting go until the last page.

  • Debra
    2019-01-22 00:42

    3.5 stars Review to follow

  • Barbara
    2019-01-04 00:03

    3.5 starsWARNING: THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN (WHAT YOU CONSIDER) SPOILERSWendy Tynes is a television journalist for the program 'Caught in the Act', a show that lures in and exposes child predators. Dan Mercer, a divorced Princeton graduate who coaches troubled kids, is ensnared by Wendy's machinations and accused of targeting a young girl. However, the evidence is compromised and a judge lets Mercer off. This infuriates Ed Grayson - whose son was abused - and he shoots and kills Mercer right in front of Wendy. However Grayson is a former U.S. Marshall - and a very clever guy - who gets rid of the body, obfuscates the evidence, and hires top-notch criminal defense attorney Hester Crimstein. Thus, it looks like Grayson can't even be brought to trial. And even if he could be, the jury would more likely congratulate him than convict him.Meanwhile, a 17-year-old high school girl named Haley McWaid has been missing for three months.....and new evidence points to Mercer (now dead) as the possible abductor. There's a problem though. Wendy's been re-examining the evidence that Mercer was a pedophile and - in retrospect - it looks inconclusive. Hence, Wendy fears she may have 'outed' an innocent man.....and indirectly got him killed. Moreover, Wendy's not positive Mercer was involved in Haley's disappearance either. Wendy's guilty conscience leads her to delve into Mercer's life, going all the way back to his years at Princeton. And lo and behold, Wendy discovers that something bad happened at the Ivy League University a couple of decades back.....something that might be connected to what's occurring now. As Wendy's trying to uncover the truth she interviews Mercer's family and friends, some of whom have lost lucrative jobs because of the economy. One of Mercer's unemployed buddies - who's fashioned himself into a rapper called Tenafly - provides some comic relief from the darker parts of the story. Wendy's investigation, helped by playboy/tycoon Windsor Horne Lockwood III (Win)- eventually leads her to the truth.....which is quite twisty and surprising. Two themes in the book are revenge and forgiveness. Terrible wrongs have been done to some characters, and the issue of whether to forgive or not arises several times. To me the forgiveness motif didn't meld smoothly into the story and felt awkward. All in all I liked the book pretty well, and it was fun to see Hester Crimstein and Win - who are recurring characters in Coben's books. I think most mystery fans would enjoy 'Caught' and recommend the book to them. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Stacey
    2018-12-22 17:56

    It really does not need to be said that this was an excellent read. One should only look at who the author is and then immediately would know that they are in for a treat.This book (like all of this author's books) really packs a punch from the first page until, literally, the very last page. As promised, the author delivers another WTF ending that leaves you with adrenaline pumping and dizzy from excitement.I absolutely LOVED the main character Wendy Tynes, although I admit I was not digging her at the get go. My first impression was that she was another self-centered, career-minded, don't care who I step on as I climb this very wobbly ladder, reporter. My impression changed swiftly as the plot unravels and my goodness does this plot unravel fast!I highly recommend this book to...well just about anyone. Those who are new to Harlan Coben, life-long fans, and those who are still left standing in the dark wondering where have all the good authors gone. Look no further.

  • Corey
    2018-12-31 18:55

    Wow! I had to take so many notes with this one and by the end I had to go back a bit until I had it figured out. Just when you think it's gonna go in one direction, instead it goes in the exact opposite! Caught is about Reporter Wendy Tynes, who is making a living by bringing down sexual predators on TV sting operations. When one who is accused of being a pedophile and is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year old girl, Wendy is drawn into a deadly mystery and discovering the choices of right and wrong.The story also has a good message about forgiveness, to forgive others for their actions and to also forgive yourself. A great plot, great story, great characters, and most of all, A GREAT WRITER!!PS, I also forgot to mention that Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood) from the Myron Bolitar series (also by Harlan Coben) makes a cameo appearance in Caught, which I thought was pretty cool!

  • Linda
    2019-01-19 21:06

    Harlan Coben takes on the issue of vigilantism in this story about a high profile TV reporter, Wendy Tynes, who entraps men suspected of being child molesters. Wendy has been successful with these ploys until she catches one Dan Mercer, who protests his innocence and is acquitted, only to find himself the target of outraged parents. After all, everyone now knows he’s a pedophile. Wendy is fired, and devotes herself to further investigation when Dan is murdered. This promises to be an engaging plot, but it becomes so complicated with a conglomeration of ancillary characters that the plot gets lost in the shuffle. Among these are a middle aged white rapper named “Ten-a-fly”, a missing teenager, a group of Princeton alums who keep getting involved in scandals, a TV judge, and the woman who killed Wendy’s husband in a DWI accident and who wants Wendy’s forgiveness. As a result, no one character, not even Wendy, is given much depth, and it’s difficult to care about what happens to any of them. The point of all this is that Wendy may indeed be guilty of fingering an innocent man, and she longs for his forgiveness, and she must reconcile her anger at the drunk driver with her guilt over her mistaken judgment. This is an honorable theme, but Coben takes his readers all around Robin Hood’s barn to get there.

  • Ellen Keim
    2019-01-13 19:05

    Not one of Coben's best. For one thing, a character who speaks in the first person in the prologue immediately fades into the background after I had become intrigued by his story. I think it would have been stronger if he had been the protagonist, a man trying to get out of his own predicament. Instead, Coben switches to a new character and I couldn't quite get into her. (For one thing, the book changes from first person to third.) He briefly introduces a character from other books of his, but that's unsatisfying, too, because he's a rather colorful character and here he's only given a bit part. In this book, he served only as an easy way for the main character to get information that she would have had trouble getting otherwise. That was the main weakness of the book: the mystery (there was actually more than one) was convoluted and the main character solved it/them without the reader being able to see all her thought processes or problem-solving actions. She just suddenly "knows." I don't usually care whether I figure the mystery out on my own, but I like to have more clues along the way. Not exactly a waste of time (it was a quick read), but I certainly wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to Harlan Coben's work.

  • Love Fool
    2018-12-26 00:47

    Harlan Coben is my mystery/thriller writer like Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin to my chick lit books. This man keeps getting my attention with his twist and turns. Everyone needs to read his books! Like now!!!!I'm not even going to get into detail about this book because I'm the worse person to explain a mystery without ruining it. Just take my word that you will enjoy it.

  • Sherri Thacker
    2019-01-14 21:55

    This took me a long time to read but I really enjoyed it. It kept me guessing till the very end.

  • Jenny Maloney
    2018-12-22 17:45

    The Premise: Reporter Wendy Tynes operates a Dateline-esque sting of a probable pedophile named Dan Mercer. He insists he's being set up. When the case against him is thrown out, she questions her conclusions. When she witnesses Mercer's murder...she's not sure what the hell is going on. Of course, as she digs deepers, the troubles (job loss, death threats, etc.) mount up. The Big Issue: This is one convaluted story, with subplots within subplots within subplots. While Coben walks a fine line here, I think he basically pulls it off. Any of the plots/subplots separately would've made an interesting book - after all, most of them have graced the headlines of national newspapers. And, in my opinion, that's the weakness of the story. I can buy Wall Street traders ripping retirees out of their retirement. I can buy a reporter questioning her headlining pedophile story. I can buy shadowy figures out to seek revenge for any of the following: a child who has been abused, a man falsely accused, or kidnapping a teenager. I can buy a schizophrenic man holding the clues to everything in his broken psyche. Way harder to buy all of that in one novel. And, oh yes, the above situations are all in there, plus some that I haven't mentioned....But I'm not giving anything away. I'd have to rewrite the book in order for anyone reading here to understand the different levels going on. In the book's defense, however, the various layers - which make the story rather incoherent when you try to explain it to a stranger - do not let you put the book down. The pages keep turning. I finished this book in a one-page-turn-after-another day. But, if you're anything like me, you'll be left with a little tinge of: Really?Lesser Issues (a.k.a. My Personal Pet Peeves): The way technology is presented. For example, I don't buy for one iota of a second that any reporter - local, national, international, or alien - worth their salt (as main character Wendy is portrayed) does not have a Facebook account...or that they would not know, at the very least, how to use the world's largest networking site. And I'll leave it at that.The Good Stuff: The side characters rocked my world. I loved the "Fathers Club." I'm probably with the vast majority of the music business when I say that I don't think middle-aged white men should be trying to break into the rap sector, but as a reader I appreciated that Ten-a-Fly made the effort. (Yeah, I didn't list it above, but middle-aged-white-man-rapping is in this book too! Huzzah!) Some of the other reviewers have mentioned Win. Only a few pages, but he's there and he makes an impression.I adored the cartoony lawyers: Flair Hickory and the Judge Judy-esque Hester Crimstein. (Though I do have an issue with how Crimstein is portrayed as rather 'brilliant'. Mostly she was like a bulldog - any police department would've pushed charges with the evidence stacked against her client...so it struck me as strange that her questionable arguments had the cops in awe.)Overall: Enjoyed this one. It's a good, quick read with (literally) a million points of interest. Definitely worth your time if you're in the market for an entertaining weekend. ~JennyPlace for the StolenUnder Ground Writing Project

  • Fuad Al Fidah
    2018-12-23 18:45

    ছোট মরিচের ঝাল বেশি - কথাটা হারলান কোবেন এর এই বইটার জন্য পরাপুরি সত্য। বই এর আকার দেখেইই বই টা হাতে নিছিলাম। তাড়ায়াড়ি শেষ হবে। তখন মনে হইছিল যে ছোট বই এ টুইষ্ট বা টার্ণ বেশি হবে না। কাহিনী বিল্ড আপ করে টার্ণ দিতে দিতেই বই শেষ হইয়া যাবে। কিন্তু শুরু করার পরে বুঝলাম কত অল্প সময়ে কাহিনী বিল্ড আপ করে পাঠককে বই এর ভিতর টেনে নেয়া যায়। একেবারে শুরু থেকে শেষ পর্যন্ত লেখক একই গতিতে কাহিনীকে টেনে নিয়ে গেছেন। মনে হতে পারে যে এতে হয়ত চরিত্র গুলোর সাথে একাত্ম হবার জন্য সময় খুবই কম। কিন্তু লেখকের লেখা এমনই যে খুব অল্প সময়ে চরিত্রগুলোকে তিনি ফুটিয়ে তুলতে পেরেছেন।প্রিভিউ পরে মনে হতে পারে যে এটা অন্য সব থ্রিলার বা রিভেঞ্জ থ্রিলারের মত। কিন্তু শেষ কয়েক্টা পাতা আপনাকে বোকা বানাবেই।এবার অনুবাদ নিয়ে কিছু বলি। আমার মত পাঠকক, যারা সেবার অনুবাদকে অনুবাদের ব্যাপারে স্টান্ডার্ড বলে মনে করে, তাদের জন্য তানজিম রহমানের অনুবাদ কে একেবারেই পরিচিত বলে মনে হবে। পুরো বই টা অনুবাদকের প্রাঞ্জল আর সহজ অনুবাদে আমার জন্য উপভোগ্য করে তুলেছে। হয়ত এক্টু বেশি হবে যাবে তাও বলতে চাই - নতুন দের মধ্যে ইনার চেয়ে ভাল অনুবাদ আমু আর কারও দেখি নাই। ইনার ডার্কফল, শাইনিং আর কট এই তিনটি অনুবাদ আমি পরেছি। এক্টা আরেক্টার ছেয়ে ভাল বলে মনে হয়েছে। আশা করি উনি আরও অনুবাদ করবেন ভবিষ্যতে।

  • Jenny
    2019-01-21 20:45

    This book was well-paced and I loved the character of Wendy. In some places the focus was kind of all over the place (we had narratives from a variety of characters like Hester) but it all fell into place. The ending made sense and there were many twists and turns throughout the story. This is why I love Coben's books!

  • Rona
    2019-01-04 01:09

    Took me a while to get through this, because of various things happening in my life, otherwise I would have read this book a lot quicker.While the premise was good, the story started becoming pretty unbelievable towards the end, and there were just too many characters and mini plots, obscuring the main story. It was OK, nothing special.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-01-16 22:08

    I was looking forward to reading this book since I enjoyed the other two I have read so far by Coben. This book did not disappoint me, and I think I enjoyed even more than the ones I read before. Coben's writing style, to me, is in a class by itself when it comes to Mystery. And has everything I love about a good mystery. A great cast of characters, a great plot, fluidity, and a whole lot of mystery! I gotta say he kept me guessing throughout the whole book. Just when I thought something was making sense, and it was all figured out, something else came to the fore front!Imagine you are a reporter and you have a show where you are bringing down sexual predators to help keep our kids safe, and then you trap someone who totally makes you second guess your instinct and the choices you have made. And then you become a part of a very complicated situation. That is pretty much what happens to our main character. The whole premise of the story is easy to get pulled into. I could barely put the book down. The story so fluid and so easy to read. I loved every page.The characters were developed so well, and they were so real. My favorite was Wendy. She was raw, real, and strong. She had her own issues, she was not perfect. Those traits make for great characters. The ones that grow with the story. The ones you grow to respect and love. The ones that can teach you a thing or two. I felt like I could become friends with a lot of the characters in this book. I also liked the FC which was The Father's Club. A group of everyday guys fighting their own demons. I loved how I got to learn about each of them throughout the story.There is also a pretty important message in this book even though it is fiction, and that is forgiveness. Something a lot of today's society has a problem achieving. A great quote in this book was "If you hold onto hate you lose your grip on so much more." That speaks volumes to me. I feel that this is a must read book for anyone who loves mystery that keeps you guessing the whole time. This book is a true gem IMO. I have to rate this one a 4.5.

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-01-18 20:05

    I enjoyed reading this Coben novel. It has all the same traits as any of this author's other books. There are twists, lies, and shocking revelations. Coben always manages to grip the reader from page one. The story begins with Dan Mercer entering a house he suspects he really shouldn't be in. The red door is screaming at him to stop and turn the other way. Lo and hold, he's being setup by Wendy Tynes to be captured on video as a sexual predator. You know the NBC show "To Catch a Predator". Wendy is the host of the type of show. Dan Mercer is her latest predator/victim. The novel progresses on to findout if he's in fact the monster that he's being accused of being.Harlan Coben always manages to take the reader on twists and turns that are never seen coming. The writing is always easy and to the point. There are always a lot of characters that seemingly are just bystanders until they come into the forefront. That may also be the reason why the ones in this particular book are a little stale. When I want a good, fun , easy read the depth of the characters is not that important to me. I mean c'mon. It's a thriller for God's sake.Overall, this book is classic Coben. If you're a fan of Coben, you will enjoy this book. My only gripe is that after reading a few of his books, the formulaic ending is sometimes maddening. The first few times it's read you're like "Whoa" but after reading it so many more times, it's like "enough already!". Anyway, I did enjoy this book and can't wait to read the next one I have sitting on my shelf somewhere at home.

  • Tom Tabasco
    2019-01-07 17:54

    "Caught" is a very good thriller in the typical Harlan Coben's 100-miles-per-hour style, that makes you turn the pages so fast that your hair will ruffle in the ensuing wind. I have read a couple of books by this author before, and I chose this one because it was another "stand alone" thriller, as opposed to the Miron Bolitar series, that I carefully avoided. Coben seems to have carved himself out a little niche which could be defined as "the fast-paced thriller where seemingly normal people are hiding dark and life-altering secrets".The good: a complex plot that pulls you into different and rather unpredictable directions, many references to current ("current" 4 years ago) social habits and events, from unemployed white collar guys to social networks to viral marketing.The not so good: like 90% of books belonging to the "fast-paced thriller" genre, it's pretty shallow. Well, of course, you can only have this speed in shallow waters. Also, just like in a Dan Brown or a Dean Koontz thriller, you obviously don't go around looking for particularly elegant writing. For example, one character is introduced as "flamboyant", which is a pretty uncommon word, and only two pages later he is again described as "flamboyant". Also, different characters seem to use the same expressions, like for example "Boo-friggin'- hoo", or the family-slang word "friggin" that I don't think is such a commonly used expression.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-01 18:52

    The only thing that saved this one from a one-star rating was the narrator. She was hilarious. You could hear it in her voice: I know this is ridiculous but I'm doing my best with it. She had to deliver the craziest lines and she did it with flair. She even had to rap as a 45 year old white guy who thinks he can fill a niche in the music business. The story itself was terrible. No suspense at all. Even though this was a pretty bad experience, I'm still going to give Tell No One a try, because it's gotten really good reviews from some really good readers. I think I may have just picked out the dud in the Coben bunch. Time will tell.

  • Tiffunee
    2019-01-20 00:48

    Seventeen year old Haley is a good girl. Which is why, when her mother wakes to find she never came home the night before and three months pass with no word everyone 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 her news program caught in the act; she and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men. Dan Mercer is a social worker who becomes a friend to troubled teens. Dan becomes her latest target but his story soon becomes tangled in a web of lies. Good story. Not one of my favorites by Harlan Coben. Solid read.

  • ☮Karen
    2018-12-27 23:47

    I've always been troubled by news stories that not all who are accused of being pedophiles (or many other crimes but pedophilia is especially onerous) can be 100% proven to be guilty. But even when then proven without a doubt to be not guilty, the accused's life is still permanently ruined. What a perfect way to cause someone's downfall if you were the type of person to want to inflict such damage on someone. Sad but true this does happen in today's world. This book proved my point and held my interest until the end.

  • Carolyn E
    2019-01-06 22:50

    Another exciting book by Harlan Coben!! Love his books!! Highly recommended.

  • Noeleen
    2019-01-16 17:00

    Seventeen year old Haley McWaid disappears from a small town in New Jersey. Wendy Tynes, an investigative sets up Dan Mercer, a social worker working with young teenagers, through her television programme Caught In The Act which carries out live televised stings. Think of the TV programme Cheaters except this television programme operates with the purpose of catching online sexual predators. But it appears all is not as clear cut and straightforward as Wendy originally thought or would like and so begins the thrill ride of Caught.What I really enjoyed the most about this book, other than the multiple twists, were many of the characters, but most especially Wendy Tynes. She was a strong-minded, strong-willed, very likable, determined and unwavering female protagonist. I would really like to read another book featuring Wendy Tynes. I also enjoyed Treemont in the novel, although he was the stereo-typical detective, nearing retirement and seeing out his last case, I really had sympathy for him and liked him a lot. I felt he was a character who really cared about the missing teenager. The members of the Father’s Club were also interesting characters. The plot in Caught was extremely multi-layered with many sub-plots and kept my interest throughout. At the end of each chapter the reader is definitely left wanting more as Coben weaves and unravels many twists. At times, however, I did find the sub-plots confusing and had to think for a minute as to what was going on, there were so many of them. The reader also has to suspend disbelief at times in order to enjoy the story completely. Caught is definitely a well written, quick read. Coben is not an author of many words, so the narrative is quick, sharp and snappy . You won’t find any long and winding descriptions in this book and I like this about Coben's style. It really adds to the pace of his novels, giving the reader one twist and thrill after another. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I recommend it if you want a quick read and like murder mystery, suspense and thrillers with lots of twists and turns around every corner.

  • Cynthia Corral
    2019-01-02 00:50

    I loved the first chapter, I loved the very very final ending, I hated the narrator.Carrington MacDuffie reads very well, and she voices females just fine, but every single male character is a very deep throated, slow talking, old man. Most of them sound post-retirement age, if they manage to sound younger they also appear dumb as rocks. There are a lot of male characters in this book, and they all blended together for me because of the narration.That said, I still REFUSE(!!!) to give five stars to any book that just ends with a bunch of confessions. In this case, confession after confession. In real life, the bad guys don't just say "Yep, it was me. And this is how I did it..." The final twist (view spoiler)[, that Dan's death had been faked, (hide spoiler)] I'm proud to say I had figured out myself early on (because DUH), but the answers to the main plot points were so twisty and full of red herrings and genius plotters that there's no way it could have been solved without all the confessions. Also, I don't believe for a moment that any woman is going to get suspended/fired from her job because an anonymous blog post says she slept with her boss. The lawsuits (with which she threatened but then never followed through) would have come fast and furious, and our intrepid journalist would have owned the network when it was all over."That said" once again, it was the audiobook that killed it for me, and I'm giving it three stars because if I could have followed along with the main characters via reading instead of listening, I might have enjoyed it more and been more patient with it. Those confessions though...

  • Robin
    2019-01-10 18:06

    Dan Mercer, a social worker who helps troubled teens, is exposed as a sexual predator by TV Reporter Wendy Tynes on her investigative series "Caught". The accusations turn Dan's life upside down. Wendy begins to doubt whether he is guilty, even though all of the evidence says he is. When the police discover the phone of a missing teenage girl in Dan's hotel room, Wendy digs into Dan's past. Is he a sexual predator? Or did something in his past cause trouble in the present?Wow! I couldn't put this book down. Wendy must gather the clues and piece together the information before she becomes a casualty of her own investigative series. Harlan Coben takes several story threads and ties them all together in this mystery. Loved the story and loved seeing some characters from his Myron Bolitar series, especially Win! My rating: 5 Stars.

  • Strawberry Fields
    2018-12-22 20:09

    I really liked this book. Mr. Coben has become one of my favorite authors since I discovered him a little over a year ago.This is a stand alone novel. While it is not part of the Myron Bolitar series, however, I was very happy to see some familiar characters visit me in this book.True to Mr. Coben's style, this story will have you guessing to the very end. It leaves the reader pondering questions of life, how we view each other. How easy it is to destroy people. With the internet, anyone can post anything about anyone anonymously and spread both truth and lies. We must choose what to believe, or search out the truth for ourselves.A very engaging, well-written novel with strong characters that are easy to love...and hate.Happy reading!