Caught by Harlan Coben

Caught by Harlan Coben
(Hardcover, 388 pages)

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.

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.

Caught is the first book by Harlan Coben that I’ve read and it kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Surprises are always right around the corner and the ending is a shocker.  A good read and would recommend it.

MSR Open House

Today, Mountain Shadow Riders had an Open House/Membership Drive at Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum. The weather was miserable (cold and drizzly) but the friendship that our MSR family shares made it worthwhile. We signed up a new member, handed out several MSR recruiting packets, sold a bunch of hot dogs, brats and burgers. The money raised will go towards funding MSR’s 10th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride.

More photos can be seen in my Flickr Collection, Mountain Shadow Riders 2010.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Ladies of Harley - Easter Egg Hunt

My sister and I had a great day riding with the Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) on Saturday. After our MSR Chapter meeting a group of us headed over to Pikes Peak Harley Davidson to support the Ladies of Harley (LOH) Director Micha, who is also a MSR member. The LOH were sponsoring their first ride of the year, an Easter Egg Hunt. The route was local and very scenic.

We had about 14-15 bikes in our group, a larger pack than we normally have. We had a HOG Road Captain in the back of our group for part of our ride. He made note of some things that we did that weren’t very safe when it comes to riding as group. Carolee (our Chapter Director) asked him to come to a future meeting and help us learn about the "do's and don’ts” of group riding. It will be good for all of us.

By the way, did I ever mention that I’m one of the Assistant Directors for MSR? Biker Betty and I are sharing the position this year and so far I’m enjoying it.

All in all, it was a fun day and I had a great time. If you would like to see more pictures you can view them in my Flickr Collection, Mountain Shadow Riders 2010. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Run for Your Life & Worst Case by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Run for Your Life
by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
(Hardcover, 384 pages)
A calculating murderer who calls himself the Teacher is taking on New York City, slaughtering the powerful and the arrogant. Everyone is his potential student - from the loud-mouthed girl on her cell phone to the city's snooty upper crust. His message to them is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences. For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York's elite, it is a call to terror.  There is only one man in the NYPD who can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Michael Bennett. For anyone else, the pressure would be overwhelming, but Mike is ready to step up - taking care of his ten children has prepared him for the job. As the media frenzy escalates, all of Mike's children fall victim to a virulent flu bug - almost as challenging an assignment for Bennett as tracking down the killer.  A secret pattern emerges in the Teacher's lessons, leaving Detective Bennett just a few precious hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history.

Worst Case
by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
(Hardcover, 368 pages)
The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.  Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, one powerful family after another uses their leverage and connections to turn the heat up on the mayor, the press--anyone who will listen--to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, who send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's life--and love life--suddenly get even more complicated.  Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet--one that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York.

I'm not a big Patterson fan, my sister is and she recommended both books to me.  I enjoyed his main character Michael Bennett and his family.  The plots moves along quickly and so does the page turning.  Both books were good, but not great.  I liked them well enough that I will probably read the first book in the series (Step on a Crack) and the next book…  I have to find out what happens between Mary Catherine & Michael Bennett… I predict a love story.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
by Stieg Larsson
(Kindle Edition)
Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner.   Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2)
by Stieg Larsson
(Kindle Edition)
Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise. Only this time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slump. Fans of Larsson's prior work will find even more to love here, and readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit.

I LOVED these two books, these are definitely books that you should wait until the weekend to start, trust me, you won't want to put them down!  I found the second book, even better than the first.  In the second book we find out more about Lisbeth’s childhood.  I’ve already preordered the third book, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, it will be automatically delivered to my Kindle on May 25… gotta love that!