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Thriller indeed

books Updated: May 08, 2010 01:00 IST
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Book: Caught
Author: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Hachette India
Price: Rs 595

Just when you think you can predict what happens next, Harlan Coben throws another one at you. It’s high drama from get-go, as the book opens with social worker Dan Mercer walking into doom. TV journalist Wendy Tynes, who conducts sting operations on a highly sensationalised reality TV show, unmasks Mercer as a paedophile on national television. A few scenes later, and perhaps a bit too late, she begins to feel that she may have been wrong.

Just when you think Mercer and Tynes will get together to unmask the real culprit, Coben throws an unexpected twist in the plot. You’re back to the drawing board, itching to turn pages faster to get to a place where you can at least hazard a guess at what’s going on. Like other Coben best sellers, this one too has a missing child in the mix — 17-year-old Haily — whom the cops can’t find any trace of. As the plots begin to merge and the suspense untangles, Coben, thankfully, does not disappoint. You are gripped, right to the bitter end.

Five things you didn’t know about Harlan Coben
He is six-feet four inches tall

In 2003, he became the first writer in a decade to be invited by New York Times to write a short story (The Key to My Father)

Dr Beck in Tell No One is based on his wife, Anne Armstrong

He once tried writing a script for Hollywood but realised he “doesn’t play well with others”

His first book was accepted when he was 26