Caught in the Light Hardcover – 4 Jun 1998
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A hugely engrossing read from a master storyteller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Jarrett really has a complex life and keeps you guessing right up til the end as to how his life pans out,
I don,t really like to say to much as it would spoil the story but as mysteries go its a very good one !!
I would highly recommend Robert Goddard, as his books go this story really has to be his best.
Most of his books have a bit of history with a love lost so you more or less know what your getting with
It is a dark complex story which highlights all the author's strengths. A dual plotline with flash backs to a superbly researched and wonderfully described past (1815-1850)which is written in the first person in a literary style remminicent of 'Painting the Darkness'(1989)
The novel's central character is a much flawed man and certainly no hero. Goddard's cleverness is to lure us into one story and then to present us with another.His gift is to manipulate the reader just as he does his lead character, Ian Jarrett.
Robert Goddard has an imagination and writing style that puts him at the top of his profession if not in sales then certainly in reputation. With this book he pulls out all the stops and we follow one man's decent into a hell that he is partly responsible for creating.There are many plot twists and revelations and as in all his best novels, an historical conundrum to wrap the story around.But reading this novel there is a deeper, darker and more sinister story that unerves the reader as well as entertains.
With 'Caught in the light' Robert Goddard confirms what many believe, that he is Britain's finest and most original thriller writer.
The story is that of Ian Jarrett, a photographer who, while on assignment in Vienna falls in love with a mysterious and beautiful woman. Ian’s life at home in England is not happy; his relationship with his wife is bad, given his previous behaviour, and his daughter is away at boarding school. The timing is perfect for him to end his previous life, and to start a new life with Marian. They leave Vienna, having made firm plans to meet up again shortly in England, and to start anew. But those plans go horribly wrong, and Ian is determined to find out the truth behind Marian, and what has happened.
The story itself in this book is quick-paced, and full of action. It’s in the characterisations that I felt the book slightly lacked. Ian himself is a fairly unlikeable sort of person, and to be honest I found it rather difficult to believe the rather complicated and unlikely coincidences that seemed to follow him round, and to dog the other characters in the book. It all seemed rather too neatly laid out for such a series of extremely complex motives that unfold as you read further. A good read, but not great, and definitely not one of Goddard’s best books.
Overall I enjoyed it. It's typical Goddard, full of red herrings and blind spots, whilst the plot meanders intricately. It becomes apparent, though, about halfway through, that credulity is being stretched to its limits and so often the characters seem behave in a way that is convenient to the plot rather than what you've come to expect from them. And the story seems to fizzle out rather than reach a satisfying climax.
Not bad, but far from his best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A vivid mystery with loads of imagery, suspense, originality and depth, Caught in the Light is definitely worth reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D.G.
Audiobook. Entertaining and beautifully written tosh. Sadly, the author was unable to think of a suitable end. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SPRish
I was not sure Robert Goddard could still enchant and thrill us - he can !
I lost sympathy very early on with our hero - as I am sure was required. Read more
As always enjoyed this Robert Goddard boo( like his style)k but found it a bit heavy going at times and not such a plausible plot as with some of his others. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anne Olds