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Caught In The Light Hardcover – 4 Jun 1998

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  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1 St UK edition (4 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593042662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593042663
  • Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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"'A literally spellbinding foray into the real-life game of truth and consequences'" (The Times)

"'When it comes to duplicity and intrigue, Goddard is second to none. He is a master of manipulation...a hypnotic, unputdownable thriller'" (Daily Mail)

"'This is his best book yet'" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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'Caught in the Light', briefly, concerns Ian Jarrett, a forty-something photographer who, while on an assingment in Venice, meets a strange and beautiful woman. They embark on a short but passionate affair and agree to leave their spouses to be together. However, Marian, the woman in question, abruptly vanishes once back in the UK. Ian, disraught, then sets out to find her.

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.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2016
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I’ve read quite a few of Goddard’s books, and they’re always good novels about ‘real’ people; their circumstances, their lives. This book, first published in 1998 is not, to my thinking, one of his best, but it is still very readable.

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.
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'Caught in the light'was published in 1998,Robert Goddard has come close with 'Days without Number'(2003)and his latest' Sight Unseen' but personally 'Caught in the Light' is his best book since his first three novels.
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.
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By A Customer on 21 July 1999
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This really frustrated me, I love Goddard when he's good he writes the most satisfying thrillers with a link to a past which is not all it seems. Well, the best bits about this were the parts about the unkown photographic pioneer. I kept thinking wow, if only this had happened - then I felt really let down because the book was not actually about that at all, but a petty act of revenge. Please, Robert go back to the big canvases of Painting the Darkness.
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I have read this book before and I really am enjoying it the second time around, the main character Ian
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
the author,enjoy
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This is a novel of love, loss, deception and amateur detection. Part ghost story, part historical mystery with a visit to the magical beginnings of early photography thrown in for good measure.

Goddard has outdone himself in executing this intricate suspense filled plot loaded with double-crosses, theft and murder as well as the deeper themes of love and loss.

Goddard's talent is such that this acrostic like "puzzle" engages the reader completely....and each time you think you have the solution you are given yet another piece of the puzzle that takes you in another direction.

Although I sometimes became infuriated with our "hero", Ian Jarrett, wanting to shout out, "Why don't you just use the phone and call rather than going there", the resolution of the story came as quite a heartbreaking suprise.

I do not like to give long, in-depth descriptions of the story (why buy the book and read it if every plot point his been disclosed in a review). Suffice to say, readers will not be disappointed and will find themselves caught in the light of Goddard's storytelling genius.
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