Amazon; $11.95I've been a Harlan Coben fan since I picked up a Myron Bolitar novel and quickly devoured three more in a few weeks. Coben adds clever one-liners and lovable characters to murder mysteries and suspenseful, sometimes horrific, situations.
Coben's latest, Caught, is sadly not a Bolitar novel. (I miss that wacky gang of misfits!) But it still fits the Coben mold: Curious protagonist with a tragic past and a sense of humor digs where she shouldn't and winds up in the middle of something bigger than expected.
In the case of Caught, sensational television journalist, Wendy Tynes, has busted Dan Mercer, a man who works with troubled teens, on her gotcha show that lures pedophiles through fake online accounts. Only, it's not so cut and dry that Mercer is guilty even when all signs point to abusive behavior. As Tynes, a widow with a teenage son, digs into the story and Mercer's past, the mystery of a missing girl from the community ups the stakes and complicates the case, even as it seems to clarify.
Set in the New Jersey suburbs with a Manhattan and Ivy League background (Coben's usual backdrop to drama), a few familiar faces from the Bolitar books make appearances, but it doesn't quite have that chemistry you get when the whole cast of characters comes together.
Regardless, you'll still get taken on a (mostly) unpredictable ride and will turn pages as fast as your eyes allow.
Caught by Harlan Coben ($11.95) -- Amazon