caught book review

Caught book

Caught

Harlan Coben

Mystery/Suspense

438 pages

 

Here is another classic Harlan Coben novel that I enjoyed reading. It follows news reporter Wendy Tynes who is famous for bringing down sexual predators. She has always found satisfaction in her job and felt that she was doing the right thing. However, how would it feel to suddenly have doubts about one of the predators that you exposed? That is what Wendy begins to experience during this novel, and she decides to backtrack through her own investigation to make sure that she is right about the alleged pedophile Dan Mercer that she has exposed.

 

There are intertwining stories in this novel as the police are working simultaneously as Wendy is searching for her own answers. It gets even more complicated when the phone of a young girl who has gone missing is found in Dan Mercer’s hotel room. The evidence is stacking up against Dan, but Wendy still isn’t sure about the results of her initial investigation. She seeks out Dan’s friends for help and discovers that there seems to be some connections between his scandal and other roommates that Dan had while in school. Wendy will come to realize that her instincts may not always be as accurate as she thought as she delves into her own investigation to uncover new discoveries.

 

One thing I really like about Coben’s books is that there are familiar characters spread throughout them. Some of my favorite Coben books are the books in the series that feature Myron Bolitar. Characters from those novels have passing roles in this one that make it more fun if you are familiar with his work. This was another one that wasn’t my favorite from Coben, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. There aren’t a whole lot of authors whose books I will just buy without worrying about reading the back or something, but Coben is one of those authors who I feel has earned that. He is an amazing writer and even a decent book from him is better than a great book from other authors. As with his other novels, this one is full of twists and suspense, and was exciting to read through.

 

Although this book is about a reporter who tracks down pedophiles, there wasn’t anything overly graphic or descriptive; nothing I think most people would find offensive. It is a good book and you are into this genre or especially a fan of Harlan Coben, I would suggest picking it up.

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Miracle Cure book review

Miracle Cure

Harlan Coben

Mysetery/Suspense

511 Pages

 

Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors ever.  However, he has a note at the beginning of this book for new readers.  “Okay, if this is the first book of mine you’re going to try, stop now.  Return it.  Grab another.  It’s okay.  I’ll wait.”  When I first saw this, I found it odd, but upon completion of the book, I understood it and agreed with it.  This was his second published novel, and he admits that it is flawed, but that he still loves it.  That being said, it is not my favorite of his novels, but it was not a bad book by any means.  I think that if you are unfamiliar with his work, it might be better to take his advice and read some other works of his first.

 

Anyway, in this book, much like many of his other books, sports play a big role.  One of the main characters, Michael Silverman, is a basketball star, and he is married to a TV journalist, Sara Lowell.  This novel is widely about finding a cure for AIDS, and Coben does well to raise several issues in the novel that I had never before thought about.  He points out that there are those who view finding a cure to AIDS as a secondary problem to other, supposedly bigger medical issues.  There is only a certain amount of funding that medical causes receive from the government, and in this novel, there are those who want to see those funds taken away and used in other areas, such as cancer research, etc.  Coben points out that there are people who are opposed to a cure because it is seen as only a disease prevalent to homosexuals and drug users, and no one should care about people like that.  He raises issues in this book that I found interesting to read about; I never thought people would have had less interest in finding a cure for a deadly disease based on these issues alone.

 

Michael and Sara happen to be very close friends with Dr. Riker, who has dedicated his life to finding a cure for AIDS.  He confides in the couple that he believes he has found a treatment for the disease; unfortunately, someone wants that cure stopped bad enough to kill the patients that have been cured thereby to destroy the evidence.  Riker finds himself in danger and trying to carry on his work while those most important to the work are dying around him.

 

Like all Harlan Coben novels, this book is filled with deceit and twists that all come together perfectly at the end.  The writing is clear and consistent, and only confusing in that it is hard to imagine how it will all end.  It is hard to imagine who is pulling what strings, and you might just find yourself surprised at the end to discover who was on what side.  There are many dangerous players in this game, and Coben is a master of keeping the reader in suspense throughout the whole novel.

 

Again, I will say that this is not my favorite of Coben’s books, but I did still enjoy reading it.  I think that it would be beneficial to take his advice and read some other works of his first, and then come back to this one later.  If, however, you have read others of his, pick it up!  Or if you are interested in medical topics and controversial issues, I think you would find this book appealing.  It talks about some things in the novel that wouldn’t be appropriate for younger readers, and a lot of the medical information might go over a younger reader’s head, but it is an interesting read for adults.  If you do read this and like it, I would highly recommend any other Harlan Coben’s other books, as I think he is a fantastic author and you won’t be disappointed.