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Caught
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2010
    400 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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, 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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"If the wealth of characters dilutes the suspense, Coben gives readers lots to think about when judging rights and wrongs." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Coben is in top form exposing the dark underside of modern suburbia. ... Complex and intricate, this is his best book since Promise Me. Don't escape, get Caught." - Library Journal

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Louise J

A Rollercoaster Ride!
CAUGHT is a rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns that you won’t want to get off until the train hits the end of the track!

Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a high school senior who goes missing. She has never been in trouble before, gets good grades and just seems to vanish leaving her parents heart-stricken.

Dan Mercer, is a social worker who works with trouble youth and receives word that a young girl is in trouble and could he meet her at her home to talk as she is shy. When Dan arrives he realizes he’s been caught in a sting operation set up by t.v. report Wendy Tynes who is trying to expose sexual predators. Dan soon finds himself caught up in something he had no intentions of getting caught up in and Wendy is thrown into a situation she just wasn’t prepared for.

This book reminded me of the television show on MSNBC with Rick Hansen where they monitor chat rooms online and set up meetings with alleged sexual predators of young kids.

This is a book not to be missed!

Serena

Great book
Another wonderful story by Harlan Coben. I loved the way the characters were depicted. The plot is captivating and doesn't let go until the astonishing end. This book will leave you completely satisfied but eager for Mr. Coben's next one! =)

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Harlan Coben Author Biography

Harlan Coben was born and raised in New Jersey.  After graduating from Amherst College as political science major, he worked in the travel industry. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.

Coben is the first author to win all three of the most coveted literary awards: the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award.  His books include the Myron Bolitar series, as well as other standalone novels, including Play Dead, Miracle Cure. Tell No One, Gone for Good, No Second Chance, Just One Look, The Innocent, The Wods, Hold Tight, and Caught. Harlan Coben's books have been published in more than twenty-two languages. 

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