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Caught by Harlan Coben

CaughtReviewed by Allen Hott

Kind of have to believe that Harlan Coben felt that this title would apply to most of the readers of this mystery. Caught is the way that the reader will feel as he goes along trying to figure out who did what to whom and why. Really great entanglement with typical Coben skill. He blends several plots and various characters together as well or better than most writers. And he never fails to build to an ending that the reader has figured out and then bam! Not exactly what was expected.

The beginning is just the right thing to get a reader into the feeling as a man, who is answering what he believes is a distress call from one of his young female wards, walks right into a setup put together by a newspaper reporter. The reporter, Wendy Tynes, has gotten Dan Mercer into conversing with her on line as she pretended to be a young girl. Tynes felt that Mercer was trolling on line for sex with underage girls. She got him to come to the house and then she with her crew televised his reaction to her questions that pointed to him and his escapades.

At about the same time another set of parents are worried because their teenage daughter had been missing for several weeks. When she was not seen nor heard from all of the parents in the community felt sure that Mercer had taken her and done something with her. Read the rest of this entry »