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Caught

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  24,575 ratings  ·  2,122 reviews
Reporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationally-televised sting operations. But when social worker Dan Mercer walks into her trap, and is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old New Jersey girl, the shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts about the motives of the people around her.
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition , 464 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Signet (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michelle♥
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...more
Daniel Audet
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,...more
Stacey
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 he...more
Linda
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Ellen Keim
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 t...more
Noeleen
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...more
Janie Johnson
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 mak...more
Tabasco
"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...more
Parvathy
Definitely a book that will keep you guessing till the end. In some of my recent reviews I have written about books in the same genre, I mentioned the fact that nothing seems to surprise me any more in these book and that everything has become so predictable. I was beginning to loose faith in this genre and was developing serious reservations about picking up another book of similar theme but that's all changed now.I am glad to say that HARLAN COBEN has turned around my earlier convictions by de...more
Jenny Maloney
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 he...more
İlkim
Evet, kısaca bir özet geçmem gerekirse Coben her zamanki gibi yine yapacağını yapmış der bitirirdim. Ama biraz daha bahsedeceğim kitaptan. Öncelikle kitap Dan Mercer adlı karakterin kırmızı bir kapıyı açmasıyla başlıyor. Yardıma gittiğini sandığı binada bir televizyon şovunda tuzağa düşürülüyor ve bir anda pedofil damgası yiyor. Bu şovu düzenleyen muhabir ise Wendy. Kitap birkaç koldan ilerliyor, bu esnada kayıp bir kızdan bahsediliyor. Kitap ilerledikçe işler karışıyor, ben de bütün bunlar nası...more
Kwoomac
This was a perfect choice for a rainy cold Saturday, I read most of it in one sitting. What I enjoy about Harlan Coben is that his books are fast-paced, edge of your seat, suspenseful stories with great characters. So why only two stars if this book was exactly what I was looking for? It came down to an incredibly convoluted plot with twists at every turn and way too many characters. Let's see if I can remember them all. Yes, I'm going to list them so you can get a feel for how much was going on...more
Brandie
Another great book from the master. I really enjoyed this one...quick and kept me guessing till the end!
Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fun!, July 20, 2010

This review is from: Caught (Hardcover)
This was a fun summer read, a fast-paced suspense thriller without all the gore or grisly details that are often the hallmark of this genre. If you like Linwood Barclay (No Time for Goodbye or Never Look Away: A Thriller), you'll find that Coben writes similar tales. He writes mysteries about ordinary people faced with unexpected events that cause them to make decisions and perform heroic efforts to fin...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Vivemos neste mundo e colidimos com os outros. É mesmo assim."

Uma vida pode sofrer alterações tão drásticas, que tornam impossível voltar ao que era antes, à chamada "normalidade". Em "Falta de Provas" Dan Mercer, Marcia McWaid e Wendy Tynes são provas disso mesmo. O treinador de basquetebol, a mãe de três filhos e a famosa jornalista de televisão vêem as suas vidas, aparentemente estavéis, viradas do avesso. As suas personalidade destacam-se pelas tragédias que as moldaram e as suas vidas esta...more
Lígia Bibliomigalhas
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Sempre que me perguntam por autores preferidos ou por sugestões a nível de thriller, Coben é o primeiro nome que me ocorre, precisamente pelo prazer que sinto ao ler os livros dele. São leituras compulsivas, com um ritmo rápido, uma intriga envolvente e algumas reviravoltas que surpreendem e, acima de tudo, prendem o leitor à história.

Além do suspense e ritmo que Coben imprime às suas histórias, tem ainda a habilidade de introduzir temas atuais e interessa...more
Patrice Hoffman
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...more
Suspense Magazine
Harlan Coben’s latest book “Caught” completely captivates. From the first page of the prologue you will be “caught” by Coben’s intricate weave of lies and truth. I couldn’t put the book down; I was stuck to it, reading from the first page to the last in less than twenty-four hours.

Local news reporter, Wendy Tynes, has become quite famous in her New Jersey town for her “caught in the act” reports catching pedophiles as they attempt to meet young girls. Her latest target, Dan Mercer, is caught liv...more
Alex
CAUGHT (Pub. 2010) by Harlan Coben is an intriguing page-turner. This story brings a lot to the table, and in classic Coben style, takes us deeply into the lives of families torn apart by unexpected trouble.

Dan Mercer is accused of being a pedophile and set up by a local reporter, Wendy Tynes, in a sting operation to bring the guy down. We get only a brief glimpse of things from Dan's perspective on the front end of the story, but that quick glimpse leads us to believe he's been wrongly accused....more
Sam Arnold
When I finished reading this book at 120 in the morning I lay there for half hour thinking about the book. What had occurred and the twists and turns. If this is not a sign of a good book I don't know what is.

The book has all the normal twists and turns which makes Coben such an amazing author. The twists continue throughout the book with no rest and this is what keeps you engaged as a reader. There are links throughout the book to previous novels, which I believe is the authors way of rewardin...more
Jennifer
Jun 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who worries about Facebook
Recommended to Jennifer by: previous novels
Shelves: read-2010
A decent summer thriller that both played out my gut instincts but kept me guessing until the end. A teenage girl disappears and a divorced do-gooder is caught in one of those online underage "sting" operations by an enterprising TV reporter and found to have an even more pedaphilic bent. However, all is not what it seems in suburban New Jersey. As the reporter, Wendy Tynes begins to suspect that she and her subject, Dan Mercer, were both set up, things get even more complicated. Coben enjoys ex...more
Jeanette
A lot of interesting little sub-themes in this one, including viral marketing, internet lies, and fake reviews to sell books. There's also a message about forgiveness (of all things!).

Coben does a great job of conveying the parents' love for their daughter. He incorporates complex emotions, philosophical conundrums, and social ills into the story, as well as humor, wit, and sarcasm.

This is not Coben's tightest story. There's a dead giveaway about Dan right in the prologue! I figured it out righ...more
Mary Verdick

When "perfect" daughter Haley McWaid fails to return one night to her suburban home the whole community is shocked, and her parents are absolutely devastated. How could such a thing happen to a girl who had everything going for her?

Investigative reporter Wendy Tynes, who's had quite a bit of luck tracking down pedophiles, is determined to find the answer and embarks on a journey that could be dangerous, not only to herself but to her beloved son Charlie. However, in her quest to solve the myster...more
Darlene Quinn


Coban can be counted on to keep you turning pages.This novel begins with a news story gone wrong and a missing teenager. Excellent plot twists, which Coban does so well. What may have prevented this from being a 5 star was the narrator. The narrator is so important. I am listening to his novel, Six Years, and enjoying it as much the second time around. This narrator draws you in and moves the story.
Lisa
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...more
Tiffunee
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 troubl...more
Love Fool
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.
Miguel
Um policial actual, que aos poucos vai ganhando velocidade até que a as peças se juntam...
Jackie Lane
Caught starts out with Dan Mercer opening a red door to a house after being receiving a call from a trouble teen he has been mentoring. Dan feels that it is a mistake, but he goes in anyway. Dan works at a community center with troubled teens. TV reporter Wendy Tynes and her crew are at the house for a sting operation to try to trap Dan Mercer, who Wendy believes is a pedophile. Wendy airs this “capture” of a pedophile and the series of events that unfolds in Dan’s life leads to unfortunate even...more
Celia Barry
I should save books by Harlan Coben for long weekends, vacations, plane rides, snowy days, you get the picture. It's impossible to keep up with real life when you're consumed by one of Coben's books. I just can't put them down. This one was the "usual" - very satisfying read. I actually didn't like the ending as much as I usually do with Coben's books but the journey to the end was delicious. An anchorwoman catches a pedophile as he shows up for a date with a 13 year old girl and it's all on liv...more
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