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Caught by Harlan Coben
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Jun 03, 2010

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bookshelves: read-2010
Recommended to Jennifer by: previous novels
Recommended for: anyone who worries about Facebook
Read from June 05 to 08, 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 exposing the dark underbelly of suburban life here but also explores themes of forgiveness and the fragility of one's reputation in the Internet age. Though Win's cameo (from the Myron Bolitar novels) feels a bit forced, the rest of the novel hurtles engagingly toward a surprising (at least to me) resolution.

Though I do think Coben could push his writing more, this was a perfectly fine read because Coben on a mediocre day is still better (and more fun) than many writers on a good day.
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