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I would not recommend that anyone purchase this book. It is an ok read/listen but if I had to purchase it all over again, I would not. I would just check it out from the library. I am new to Harlen Coben having only read two books prior to this one. The other two were great listens. This one - not so much. I would love to blame it on the narrator (think Nancy Grace) but this story was just - for lack of a better word - cheesy. If I did not know better I would have thought Caught was Coben's first novel - the one where the storyline is not quite terrible but you can sense the potential of the writer.
The promise of the story was intriguing. It has the right elements to draw in the listener - a child gone missing, an individual you are just not sure is a predator, you name it - but it went no where. This book is almost the equivalent of a Saturday Night Live spoof of a Law and Order episode.
The primary narrator is better served doing light-hearted material, maybe chick-lit, not mystery. I would not say she was terrible but this is absolutely not her genre.
Yes and no - maybe with a different narrator the book would have had the right tone. This is just not the level of writing I expected from what little I know about Coben.
Did anyone else notice that at least two of the characters in the story are also characters in John Grisham's Sycamore Row? This might be one of the most memorable parts of the story.
Excellent twists and turns and surprising finish. This is my favorite book of Harlan Corban
That I was so surprised about the end
Wasn't very fond of either of them
More like an Aww ha moment
Someone who likes mediocre, long-winded, convoluted stories with absurd premises and zero chance of being a believable story.
It's turned me off of this author; I doubt I'll bother with any more of his books.
Pass on this author.
I have listened to several of Coben's books, and enjoyed them thoroughly. This one, though, seemed not to be one of his. I checked the book information several times while I listened to this one, just to be sure that Harlan Coben had written it. He had. Not only was the plot unimaginative and predictable, but the narration added nothing to the experience. This is definitely, by far, the least distinguished of the offerings of Coben's works.
I must say this book was the hardest book I've listened to since joining audible. It was all over the place and I didn't like the narrator. It took way to long to get to the meat of the plot. I skipped (fell asleep) on several parts towards the end. I still don't know who killed the girl. I think I may ask for my credit back.
I don't know how Harlen Coben does it. He has written ALOT of books--and they all have different characters and take place in different settings. But his ability to build a storyline is amazing. His plots are intricate, but not so complicated you get lost. His books keep you totally engaged--like you'll sit in your driveway to finish listening to a chapter. He also keeps things realistic--sometimes a little dark, but he usually finishes his story with realism and an ending you're content with. He is definitely one of my top 10 authors, up there with Lawrence Block, Walter Mosley and Otto Penzler.
I prefer to listen to suspense rather than read it. I enjoyed most of these narrators characters, but this woman does a TERRIBLE Flare Hickory! Instead of sounding like a witty flamboyant attorney she makes him sound like a hoarse chain smoking Bronx grandma!
Yes the plot was good and kept me guessing but there were a few choppy parts where I felt like the characters came to conclusions or had information without any material to support the leap for the listener.
No Flare Hickory!
Yes, unfortunately I couldn't.
I love listening to Harlan Coban books but I hope he doesn't use this woman to do Flare again. Try the guy or Scott Brick again or the guy who read from The Woods was excellent!
Absolutely loved this one!!! A bit slow on the uptake to get started, but once it gets going, I couldn't put it down.