Caught, by Harlan Coben

Caught by Harlan Coben: Book CoverFinished 4-2-10, rating 4.5/5, fiction, pub. 2010

I knew opening that read door would destroy my life.

First line of book

Dan Mercer is a social worker who spends his time helping neighborhood kids.  One day, just like any other, he walks into a house to aid a teen and is stunned by the cameras and Wendy Tynes’s accusation of pedophilia.  He escapes, but his life is shattered.  When Wendy finds him after his court case is thrown out because of her, she is shocked to find that she believes he’s innocent.  This is just where the craziness begins.  There is also a missing teenaged girl who leaves a grieving family and community behind.  When these two cases seem to connect things become only more confusing.

Wendy was a character easy to dislike at first, but she also grew on me until I was completely rooting for her to find out the truth.  Not just for herself, but for me too 🙂

Harlan Coben has done it again.  I’ve read all of his books and this is up there with his best.  I know when I start reading I’m not going to want to stop til I’m done and this was no exception, I finished it in a day.  He’s a master at twists and turns and even when you get to the end there always seems to be something there to surprise you. 

I also find that he is very timely.  As a book blogger I can appreciate the importance that blogging and social media played in this book.  It will make you think twice about things you might read online.  And the role parents play in their kids lives.  This is definitely one that you shouldn’t miss.

This is a great thriller that I paid for with my very own money.