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Title:Caught
Authors:Harlan Coben
Info:Dutton Adult (2010), Hardcover, 400 pages
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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... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Teenage girl goes missing, media set-up of Ted a suspected pedophile. Secrets of all concerned cloud the waters. Lives are ruined. What could have been a standard plot is jazzed up with twists of psychology, interesting characters and a surprise ending. ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 13, 2015 |
Caught. Harlan Coben. 2010. Wendy Tynes, a local news anchor has made a name for herself by using social media to catch sexual predators. She is shocked and surprised when Dan Mercer a local social worker and compassionate friend to trouble children is caught in her trap. She had met him before had believed he was sincere in his desire to help troubled children, but he had been caught, and she was proud that she caught him. However Dan is freed on a technicality and Wendy loses her job. When Dan’s name is tied to that of a teenage girl who’s disappeared, Wendy begins to investigate and matters go from bad to worse. Dead ends abound and good guys seem like bad guys and bad guys seem like good guys, maybe… Interspersed with the Dan Mercer story is Wendy’s struggle with raising a teenage son and dealing with her hatred against the woman who killed her husband. Lots of suspense and similar to the other Coben books that are not in the Myron Bolitar series. The Bolitar series is the best though. Thank you Betty Cork for introducing the series to me and Jim ( )
  judithrs | Dec 24, 2014 |
Dan Mercer stands accused of being a sexual predator thanks to the ambush journalism of Wendy Tynes, a tabloid TV reporter, who must cope with her husband's death caused by a drunken driver as well as reckon with the possibility of Mercer's innocence. When Tynes finds a link between a father of one of Mercer's alleged victims and others felled by scandal, she could become a killer's next victim (summary from ISBN 052595158X).

Interesting premise, but complicated plot and dissatisfying ending. ( )
  lrobe190 | Aug 12, 2014 |
I love his writing & sense of humor! It was nice to see little cameos from Coben's other series on Myron Bolitar. The story is intense. I think I liked it so well because I've thought about the nature of American Justice & if those accused of especially henious crimes are really ever "innocent until proven guilty". How just the accusation can ruin a person's life. Coben handled it well, without settling for an easy answer to that moral question. ( )
  CMBlaker | May 6, 2014 |
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The following list of shockeroos does not amount to a spoiler, because you cannot possibly guess how “Caught” cobbles all of these together: a pedophile, an investigative reporter, an embezzling scheme, a drunken driver, a college boys’ conspiracy, a television show judge, a case of mistaken identity on the Internet, a disappearing corpse, a kneecap shooting, a dead hooker and a GPS. Half as many gimmicks and twice as much authorial forethought would have made for vast improvements.
 

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Busk, SisselOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jansen in de Wal, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwisinski, GunnarÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacDuffie, CarringtonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pock-Steen, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Dan Mercer stands accused of being a sexual predator thanks to the ambush journalism of Wendy Tynes, a tabloid TV reporter, who must cope with her husband's death caused by a drunken driver as well as reckon with the possibility of Mercer's innocence. When Tynes finds a link between a father of one of Mercer's alleged victims and others felled by scandal, she could become a killer's next victim.… (more)

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