Friday, November 19, 2010
Wendy is a reporter on a mission: She's chasing down the lowest of the low-sexual predators-and exposing them on national television. Her big break comes when she nails a child advocate who works with abused and underserved children. She's there, cameras rolling, when the cops cuff him and the guy realizes his life is well and truly over.
Three months later, the perp is off the grid, missing and presumed dead after the father of a victim claims to have killed him. Wendy, proud to have taken the man down in front of a shocked television audience, has moved on to the story of a missing girl, Erin, in a nearby suburb. The whole country is obsessed with finding this child, and Wendy should be well on her way to journalistic superstardom.
Then is all comes unhinged: Wendy gets a phone call that changes everything. A group of local fathers, out of work and not above vigilante justice, begins to take matters into their own hands on Erin's behalf. Secrets long-buried rise to the surface and Wendy begins to wonder if her assumptions that fateful night three months ago were based on solid investigative journalism-or if she has unwittingly been part of a grand manipulation aiming to destroy an innocent man.
My opinion: Harlan Coben definitely did not disappoint! I have loved all of his books and this is no exception. This story starts out centered around two major plots: Dan Mercer is accused of trying to have sex with a minor in one of those undercover stings (where the people pretend to be 14 year old girls in chat rooms to lure predators into getting caught), and the disappearance of a young girl, Haley McWaid. Dan goes from being an advocate for troubled teens to being the pariah of the town. Everyone is out to get him. Wendy, the reporter who helped trap Dan, goes to him to hear his side of the story, as he continues to proclaim his innocence. When she gets there however, she witnesses his murder...and as more and more of the story comes to light, she begins to wonder if maybe he was telling the truth and she instrumental in getting him killed. Haley McWaid is still missing, the parents sure that she has not run away because she is a good, happy girl with a lot going for her. They have no leads and no clues. Slowly these two stories begin to mesh together. There are so many twists and turns you won't know what to think. And the end will leave you speechless
I loved the characters, I think we can all relate. I myself have watched the show To Catch A Predator, and always think "Wow, those guys are sick. I'm so glad they caught them before they could do any harm!". But what if someone was falsely accused? It would certainly ruin their reputation and their lives. I liked Wendy because instead of just saying "Oh well he died, I guess we can all move on", she took her suspicions and ran with it, investigating what really happened even though no one else cared to look into it. And you know what made me super happy? Win makes an appearance in this book! He's always been my favorite in the Myron books, I just love how snobby he always sounds, but he's so lethal. Not to mention hilarious. I thought it was funny how Wendy was remembering the time she hooked up with him and still lusted after him; I kept thinking "Honey keep dreaming, Win will never settle down". I really enjoyed this book because it made it impossible to put down; so many mysteries and twists so that when I finally thought I had it all figured out, it threw me for a loop. Definitely read this one, you won't be disappointed!
My rating: 5/5 stars
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 1:00 AM