Today, you get a two-fer! Why? Because other than gadding about the state of North Carolina, I spent a lot of time reading (surprise) while on vacation. And I have just finished Caught by Harlan Coben.
I finished this book in under two days, it was that good. Come to think of it, most everything I've read by Harlan Coben is that good. I am guessing the only reason he hasn't been added to the Books I Love Enough To Tell You About tab is because I haven't reviewed/read any of his work since I started doing this. But now he has! I'm sure he's very proud of this accomplishment; even more so than his status as a #1 New York Times author.
The story is set in a suburban New Jersey town and begins with a narration from a central character. From there the book begins with a mother discovering that her 17 year old daughter never came home from the night before. Every parent's nightmare.
The story also centers on a reporter whose news programs televises sting operations to bring down sexual predators (ala NBC's To Catch a Predator series). Her latest sting becomes more complicated than she could have ever imagined and much to the surprise of this reader the plot becomes quite twisted so that when you think you know how the story is going, after a few pages you realize you were wrong.
What I also found fascinating was the way viral marketing and blogging was utilized in the story. Obviously, my mind doesn't work this way so I would have never thought about using the Internet in such a way. Sorry, I can't say more on the subject because that would give away too much.
It is a story about loss, love, guilt and forgiveness. It is also a book that reminds us, sometimes there is more to a news story than first meets the eye.