I hate this book. Note the present tense. For the second time in over 20 yrs of listening to audio books, I quit a book. Stopped at four LONG hrs. Too much simplistic pontificating from philosophical and psychological points of view. Coben does this in his other books but the plots make his diversions a little more palatable. The book is full of filler too. The narrator is not believable. Too much inflection in her voice. Bad singing. Yes, there is even rap in this terrible book!
Yes, mystery readers have enjoyed Harlan Coben's previous books... but this one is embarrassing... while the plot desperately tries for suspense and seriousness (child abuse, revenge, bad lawyer, good reporter) it quickly drops into absurdity and silliness.. the motivations of the character (good and bad) are melodramatic, the plot a caricature of a good mystery... let's hope Harlan Coben's next effort returns to his previous form...
Previous works by this author have been either quite good or at least good, but this one -- sad to say -- missed the mark completely. Yes, there are plot twists, but they are labored & not all that surprising; as for the characters, none are especially likable, and all are uninteresting. And finally, the principal reader here is not someone I would choose ever to listen to again -- shrill, forced, and wholly uninvolving.
The narration of this book was really really bad. Her interpretation of the characters was distracting and got on my nerves quickly - I stopped listening mid way through the book. Since the story was ok, I recommend you read rather than listen to this one.
I thought there were too many twists and turns, I had a hard time putting it all together until I listened a second time. Maybe it would have been better if I had read the book first!
... the narration is HORRIBLE!!
Harlan Coben is one of my very very favorite authors and the book is lost in the terrible narration.
I always look forward to a new book by Harlan Coben. This got good reviews on Audible, but I found it disappointing. I thought the plots twists and turns were interesting, but the dialogue wasn't believable and many parts were written as though by a high schooler--getting the plot moving but with ordinary language. The reader didn't lift the poor writing out of the hole so that didn't help.
Harlan Coben has to be one of my favorite authors. I loved this book and especially enjoyed hearing some of the familiar names from the latest of the Myron Bolitar series (especially in the ending). "Caught" had me thinking I had solved the crime numerous times...but each time it sent me in another direction. I disagree with previous reviews that criticized the narration. I listen to audio books weekly as I travel and found McDuffie's narration as Wendy Tynes to be quite good; however, I did think the voice of Dan Mercer was somewhat irritating but it was not a major part of the narration. If you like fast moving mysteries and like Harlan Coben, you cannot go wrong with "Caught".