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Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.
Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate and nationally televised sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.
In a novel that challenges as much as it thrills, filled with the astonishing tension and unseen suburban machinations that have become Coben's trademark, Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes she can't trust her own instincts about this story - or the motives of the people around her.
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By Ann Driver on 05-01-10
Couldn't finish it
I have several hundred books in my Audible library and this may be the worst. Don't know how much of it is the narrator, though. All the male characters sound like Mae West. Just awful. Had to delete it without finishing, and I usually slog through it no matter how bad it is.
21 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Geoffrey on 03-29-10
It's hard for me to say 100% how I feel about this book due to the bait and switch with the narrator. I pick my audiobooks extremely carefully, just as often due to the narrator or quality of narration. This particular reader, Carrington MacDuffie I had never heard of so... I played the sample. After hearing a male narrator with a pleasant enough sounding voice, I purchased the book.
Due to the fact that the actual narrators name could be either male or female, I naturally assumed it was male because of the sample provided. Wrong. As far as I can tell the sample reader only reads the lead-in, although I can't be positive he does not appear anywhere else due to the fact it is unlistenable. There are certain genres and titles where a female narrator is just fine, but in my opinion they tend to caricaturize male voices, making them sound ridiculous. Picture your mom talking to you sternly as a child. This one is no different. Women characters sound just fine, but the males to a man sound like a bad noir film. I am disappointed Mr Coben did not choose Scott Brick, but at least he did not attempt to read it himself again. The story seems interesting, but the misleading sample really left a bad taste in my mouth. So, members beware: The sample is not the narrator!
60 of 65 people found this review helpful