Author : T.M. Logan
Title : The Catch
Pages : 332
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : June 11, 2020 (paperback)
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
Ed is delighted to meet his twenty-three year old daughter’s fiancé for the first time. Abbey is head-over-heels in love with her new man. Smart, successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be the perfect future son-in-law.
There’s just one problem. There’s something off about Ryan. Something hidden in the shadows behind his eyes. And it seems that only Ed can see it.
Terrified that his daughter is being drawn in by a psychopath, Ed sets out to uncover her fiancé’s dark past – while keeping his own concealed. But no-one believes him. And the more he digs, the more he alienates her and the rest of the family who are convinced that Ryan is ‘the one’.
Ed knows different. For reasons of his own, he knows a monster when he sees one.
| MY THOUGHTS |
When Abbey brings home her fiancé Ryan to introduce him to the family, everyone is completely enamoured with him. Ryan is thoughtful, charming, successful and Abbey is besotted with him. What’s not to like? But Abbey’s father, Ed, doesn’t warm to Ryan at all. Ed feels something about Ryan is off but he’s very much alone in that line of thinking. With Abbey and Ryan planning to get married in a month’s time, Ed has very little time to start digging into Ryan’s past if he wants to stop the wedding from happening. Is Ed paranoid? A massively overprotective dad? Or is Ryan really not what he seems to be?
T.M. Logan always manages to come up with the basics of a realistic scenario, that then spins entirely out of control. The Catch is no different. A father who doesn’t approve of his daughter’s choice of partner isn’t that hard to imagine. In Ed’s case, it’s not just the close bond between Abbey and himself that is causing this overprotectiveness. There is more to it than that, but that’s something you’ll have to discover for yourself.
The Catch is a hugely suspenseful story and the tension builds up slowly, as Ed travels down an increasingly darker path. How far will a father go? Throughout, the reader is left to wonder about Ryan. But also about Ed himself. It isn’t until the end, when the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, that you realise how cleverly T.M. Logan has plotted this story.
That said, I found some of it a little over the top and it required me to suspend disbelief sometimes. Despite that, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book though and I flew through its pages. There’s always something remarkably pleasing about seeing ordinary characters thrown head first into extraordinary circumstances. It’s pretty easy to imagine yourself in Ed’s shoes, wondering what you would do in that same situation. And while I did figure out how things would end, the journey to get there was extremely exciting.
So, is there a catch to Ryan, The Catch? Why not find out? The Catch is available to buy!
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy!