Great Book! Kept me guessing the whole time. I hadd a hard time listening at first when the narrator changed her voice, it was very hard to listen to. However, Great I recommend this one!!
I am not putting any spoilers in this review, but, if you are like a friend who is a big Coben fan and do not want to know anything whatsoever about the book to preserve the surprise of Coben's mesmerizing plot twists, stop reading now.
Overall, Caught was a good book. I think it was his best novel in a while (I do not read the Bolitar books so I am speaking of the stand alone novels). However, while the plot twists are there in a way they were missing in his last three standalone novels, they no longer hit me like getting blind sided by a bus the way Tell No One and some of the earlier books did. The story is engrossing and keep me "turning the page" but it is like he has lost a step for lack of a better term. Of course, to be fair, for me, the bar for a Harlan Coben novel is so high thanks to his early books that it is hard for him to hit that bar anymore. Were this another author of whom I did not expect so much, I would probably give it four stars. I think that speaks highly of his work.
The audible version was interesting and pleasant enough to consume while driving around town for a week. The woman's voice who reads 95% of the novel is okay enough, but at times her voice sounded petulant when I didn't think the text called for it. I got used to her though.
I have read several Coben books (stand alone and Bolitar novels) over the years, and if you like Coben novels, you know what to expect with his latest effort. This is not as good as TELL NO ONE (a high water mark for Coben in my opinion), but it is better than HOLD TIGHT (which I found kind of unbelievable and overall less enjoyable). Granted, the plot of this novel strains credulity here and there, but generally the story moves and the conclusion makes sense in the larger aspects of the story.
I just wish some character motivations had been made clearer (without going into too much detail, a character's boss does a set of things in the novel that I don't quite understand and seemed to provide the character motivation as opposed to really making sense in what would happen in the "real world") - and some of the descriptions of character behavior (and technology) seem a bit off and outdated. For example, Tenafly was rapping about Charisma Carpenter? I'm a Buffy fan from way back, but would he really be rapping about someone whose acting heydey was nearly 10 years ago? I get this was supposed to be humorous and all, but it was lost on me and repeated a bit too often.
The plot has several twists and turns and while I think some events in the conclusion are predictable, not all of them are, so this should keep most readers guessing and interested throughout.
This could be a good book. I'm not quite sure. As many said, the narration is soooo bad it is making me feel like I'm listening to Nora Roberts, not Harlan Coben. If Frank Mueller (I know he's deceased) had narrated this book, it would have been a completely different experience.
Bless her heart, her voices for the males are ridiculous making them seem very cliche (or is it the book)? I felt like her voice as the lead character was okay but now, even that is getting annoying. I can finish it. I can't stand to waste a credit (although I have). However, I can't wait for this to end.
Normally I like Harlan Coben, but "Caught" just didn't work for me. The red-herring laced plot is led by a major market TV investigative reporter who seems to function with a journalism intern's mentality. As unbelievable as this main character may be, Carrington MacDuffie does a fine job portraying her. Unfortunately, while Ms MacDuffie does female and young male voices well, her adult males, who appear often within book, leave much to be desired. The end result was that listening to Caught was more of a chore than a pleasure.