This is a superb read, and for my money, one of Coben’s very best novels.
It begins with the entrapment of a man who appears to have groomed a young woman on the internet. Instead of the girl, he finds a TV crew who film his responses to their sting operation, and soon he is in court. But found innocent on a technicality – a pretty big technicality, too, but never mind that.
The reporter, Wendy Tynes is very grumpy that her perfect capture failed to have this paedophile thrown behind bars. There can be little so terribly irritating to a reporter than to find that a perfect open and shut case fails to reach the mark required by the law, and so she is tempted to help when a vigilante decides he wants to remove at least one paedophile from the streets. But she’s about to realise that even paedophiles have some rights.
This is a book that is enormously difficult to describe without giving away too much. So I won’t bother. Is it a good, fast, thrilling read? Undoubtedly – it’s the best by far that I’ve read this year so far. But it’s much more. This book delves into modern American society and brings a spotlight with it. In turns Coben looks at the banking crisis, the misery of senior professionals thrown onto the garbage heap when they still have a huge amount to offer, the breakdown of family life and the impact on children, and so many other issues it’s impossible to do it all justice in a short review.
Tying all that in with a thriller that works until the very last pages, and you have a magnificent, thrilling and immensely satisfying book.
Go out and buy it!