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Caught by Harlan Coben

Our rating: 4 Stars

A good book’s like juicy gossip. You just can’t stop! 
This is quite precisely what’s happening to me right now. Four hours into Caught feels like two minutes. I can’t get to the end fast enough. The writing’s beautiful, easy, art ( and now I sound pretentious, but, good Lordy!) You don’t wander, skip pointless paragraphs to get back to the story, frown at the misplaced cussing…and the characters? Each seems to have an individual voice…like actors on stage.

And to think I almost quit early on! See, the writer had, as one does, introduced this seemingly kind, handsome Dan Mercer in the picture. Then killed him off just as I was beginning to fall in love. Snap! Just like that. So cruel, right? I don’t like it when George R R Martin does it and I sure as hell didn’t like it when Harlan Coben did it either.

 But then the story grows, the mystery around Dan Mercer moves like a living thing and all through I wonder what the truth must be; puzzled in like a riddle that way.

“Caught” is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present- who should be and who shouldn’t be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won’t work.- Harlan Coben

Through ‘Caught’, Harlan Coben illuminates a world we so often deign to see- a world mucked with injustice in the very name of justice. 

The book builds upon the fate of Dan Mercer, an outwardly selfless individual who has sacrificed his Ivy league career to help society’s unwanted children. He is however caught in the middle of scandal and publicly tried by a renowned journalist as a paedophile. From there his life takes a nose dive as he is constantly threatened, beaten and soon driven out of town for what some suspect was a foul judgement. Throughout the book, Coben poses to the reader the indelible, heart in throat, keeps you changing lanes question: is Dan Mercer innocent?

A marvelous read you’d just have to finish in one sitting, Harlan Coben, author of the infamous ‘Six Years’ has definitely done it again.

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