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.
Praise for Long Lost:
“Coben is one of the best authors around at writing page-turning suspense, as Long Lost makes clear.”
“Roller-coaster plot and savvy dialogue…All the ingredients of a good old- fashioned thriller: murder, action and wit.”
–New York Daily News
Along with his Myron Bolitar series, Coben’s stand-alone novels have cemented his reputation as a solid writer and a relentless plotter of high-octane entertainment. “I’m pretty sure it all worked out in the end, with no loose ends, but I wouldn’t want to take a test,” the Washington Post says of the “rococo plot” in Caught. The author’s “family” novels address some important social issues and will resonate with anyone who has children, and the Internet angle is timely. With his latest effort–though, admittedly, a generally slower-paced effort with weaker characterization than in other novels–Coben delivers solid entertainment. Again.