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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
  • Product 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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'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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Every time a pick up another Robert Goddard novel, I wonder what complex plot he can come up with next. Caught in the Light is another product of his wonderful imagination developed into a fascinating story full of mystery, intrigue and of course many twists and turns. Read the blurb if you want an overview of the plot, but if you are a Goddard fan wondering if Caught in the Light is worth reading, it is, and if you are new to Goddard and looking for a great historical mystery then you've found it.
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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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Robert Goddard has been recommended to me by several readers. Caught in the Light is the first one of his I have tried. I thought it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't good by a long way. Goddard seemed to be trying to run with two plots at once and they just don't gel. The extraordinary behaviour of the characters out for revenge is just so over the top as to be totally unbelievable - distinct shades of paranoid conspiracy theory brought to life! Some of his characterisation is very superficial and unbelievable, the characters being distorted to suit the plot, which is never a good way to develop a credible story. The ending goes on forever as if Goddard isn't sure where to stop. I shall try another of his novels just in case this one was a bummer, but currently I am not impressed.
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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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