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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,317 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780739385234
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense comes a fast-paced, emotion-packed novel about guilt, grief, and our capacity to forgive

17-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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bestseller Coben has a knack for taking everyday nightmares and playing with life’s endless ‘what ifs,’ as shown in this stand-alone thriller, a tightly choreographed dance of guilt and innocence, forgiveness and retribution.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Coben is in top form exposing the dark underside of modern suburbia. The story will chill readers, especially parents of teenagers. Complex and intricate, this is his best book since Promise Me. Don’t escape, get Caught.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia | 2/17/2014

    " Mystery for bookclub "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorinda | 1/26/2014

    " Very fast read. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Buchan | 1/13/2014

    " "Another Coben page turner. Caught tells the story of Dan Mercer, accused of being a pedophile and set up in a televised sting by reporter Wendy Tynes. However she begins to question whether Dan is really guilty, and as she investigates, we discovers that 3 out of 4 of his college roommates were also involved in scandals in the last year. Her investigation unravels a complex web of secrets that keep you guessing until the very end." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/12/2014

    " Sometimes hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/7/2014

    " Lots going on here, with plenty of twists and turns to the story. The characters were okay and at least I understood their motives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Severance | 12/25/2013

    " Not his best, but still good. I love Coben's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 12/5/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. Certainly depicts how the media can destroy a person's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Verdicchio | 9/29/2013

    " Great book,couldn't put it down. Thrilling twist and turns,the weaving together of the characters.Coben is one of my favorite writers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/27/2013

    " What a page turner! So many twists and turns. Suprise after suprise ending. I love the way Coben takes 3 separate stories and briads them together in such a way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/2/2013

    " VG thriller, lots of twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Page | 7/23/2013

    " Another fast paced thriller from Coben. One of his best. Read it, you will not be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 7/2/2013

    " Great story. Very thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 6/5/2013

    " I rushed through this one, missing Coben's signature humour and sarcasm. Not the best of his works. Wendy shouldn't have been tha main character, Dan should, period. Ms Opinion voicer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E.R. Yatscoff | 11/27/2012

    " Pretty well anything by Coben is a good read. There are one or two twists in the plot that I never saw coming. The story demonstrates why there are trials instead of vigilantism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/21/2012

    " It was an entertaining read that didn't require much brainpower. Characters and plot were not overly complex, but nor were they entirely superficial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/16/2012

    " True to form, lots of twists in this one. I did figure out one twist very early, which was a little disappointing, but not enough to stop me from tearing through it. Like most of his books, this was hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane C. | 6/29/2012

    " This author is uneven to me. Several of his novels I've abandoned halfway through but when he's good he's wicked good. Loved it. The plotting is tighter than Scrooge's chain purse, and all the events seemed probable to me. BEST Coben ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren | 6/4/2012

    " I'm a big Harlan Coben fan. I never have to worry about whether or not I'll like one of his books. Caught is one of his typical family mysteries with some of his usual characters, and, like normal, it was good. It wasn't as gripping as some of his have been, but it was still really enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P Bright | 4/12/2012

    " Scary and very satisfying! Along with an intriguing story it also explores themes of resonsibility, guilt, grief and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/10/2012

    " A great murder mystery book with a number of twists. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/29/2012

    " Oops, I already read this. Knew it sounded familiar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/12/2011

    " What a great book. Once I started I couldn't put it down.so many twists. I have to read another "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/7/2011

    " I love Harlon Coben books. This one was fantastic, and the little hint of MB Reps was just icing on the cake. A must read for Coben fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Merikallio | 9/29/2011

    " Dug it, but can't really remember what happened a month later. Such is the life of a page turner reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Floyd | 8/9/2011

    " I haven't read a lot of Harlan Coben books, but so many people tell me how awesome they are, I picked this one up off the clearance table at Walmart. What a find!! This is absolutely one of the best "Who done it" books I've read in a while. If you like mysteries, you'll love this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Cummings | 5/28/2011

    " I really like Harlan Coben books....but sometimes the very end seems to drag on. I guess he has such an imagination and the endings are just so "twisted" it takes a bit to explain all the details! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blwhetzel | 5/21/2011

    " Pretty good. Decent plot twists. Was kept guessing until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " Quick read, lots of plot twists, plucky main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adria | 5/20/2011

    " This book was hard to get into until the last quarter of it. Once I finally got into it it was really good, and had a great ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/19/2011

    " Great book!!! I am now a devoted Harlan Coben fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 5/18/2011

    " Classic Harlan Coben. Really enjoyed it . It has current event elements to the story such as parents allowing their kids and friends to drink in their house and at times got just the slightest bit preachy. Still, I read it in less than a day and enjoyed it greatly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/17/2011

    " I am really tired of the news reporter turned detective stories that also depict the real detective/cop as a bumbling yokel. This book was that in a nutshell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/17/2011

    " This book was awesome! Definitely one of his best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/17/2011

    " Caught is a quick read with lots of twists and turns. It is a mystery and I wanted to find out how this all happened. I thought that one part of the ending was a bit far-fetched but otherwise I found it an enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/16/2011

    " Fun read with lots of twists and turns. I enjoy this author immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/15/2011

    " A TV newscaster sets up a sting operation to nail an alleged pedophile. She is successful and opens up a typical Harlan Coben can of worms. Don't try to figure this one out as you are led through a maze of twists, turns, smoke and mirrors.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/14/2011

    " Harlan Coben does a great job with his novel Caught! He weaves the stories of the people in the town together into a web of action, suspense and mystery. I stayed up last night to see how it all turned out and it was well worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 5/13/2011

    " What a great story! I was hooked and had to read it during my breaks at work just so I could get through it. Coban is a master at weaving a tale. Especially good for someone who lives in New Jersey ;-) (just kidding). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/13/2011

    " I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but that is not an option here. 4 stars and above to me means that it is a must read. This book was almost there. Still I was happy to be reading a Coben book as he is one of my favorite authors! "

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About the Author
Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including eight novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrators

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.

Danny Campbell is an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. Winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated Once a Spy by Keith Thomson and read the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, among many others. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the theater arts department at Santa Monica College.