Title: The Catch
Author: T.M. Logan
Date of publication: 30 April 2020
Genre: mystery & thriller
Number of pages: 332
She says he’s perfect.
I know he’s lying . . .
Ed finally meets his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. Smart, successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be a real catch. Then Abbie announces their plan to get married.
There’s just one problem. Ed thinks there’s something off about Ryan. Something hidden in the shadows behind his eyes. And it seems that only he can see it.
Terrified that his daughter is about to marry a man who is not as he appears, Ed sets out to uncover Ryan’s secrets. But the more he digs, the more he alienates Abbie and his wife Claire, who are convinced that Ryan is The One. And Ed has reasons of his own for wanting to keep his daughter safe. Reasons that may be affecting his judgement.
As he becomes increasingly obsessed with his future son-in-law, Ed’s own life begins to go into freefall. With the wedding date approaching fast, can he finally find the evidence to prove that Ryan has been lying to them, before it’s too late?
I am a huge fan of T.M. Logan. I fell in love with his novel 29 Seconds and have devoured all of his books since. Of course, I had to read The Catch.
Beautiful and intelligent Abbie Collier has found love. Ryan has everything for him. Handsome, has a great job, a killer smile, and is seemingly madly in love with Abbie. It’s only natural then for Ryan to meet Abbie’s parents, Claire and Ed.
That first meeting is always tricky, isn’t it? Parents try to assess the new beau, kids look for approval and act as a buffer, and the new addition to the picture knows first impressions stick. Why do we torture ourselves like this?
Ed is the perfect cliché of an over-protective father. But can his family blame him? Yes, Ryan seems to tick all the boxes, but Ed’s gut says otherwise. It only take that first meeting. Quickly, his mind is set. There is something off.
Could this thing have anything to do with Ed and nothing to do with Ryan?
I found Ed’s behavior somehow natural and understandable, at least at first! A guy sweeps your daughter off her feet, and a few months later, you meet him, have to digest a wedding announcement and her moving out of the family house to live her dream life with Mister Perfection. I would freak out too. I am glad to be a dog mama, I won’t have this issue. Anyway, Ed… His unease is so strong that it turns into an unhealthy obsession in the matter of a few pages. And I rolled with it. I had the feeling opening the book had been like igniting a car, starting reading had been me driving from the center to the edge of the city, and bam, 10% in and I was racing on dirt roads with no GPS and no seatbelt! T.M. Logan’s power lies in his gripping writing style. I was totally invested in this father’s deep suspicions and I love chasing after hints. I wanted to spot the teeny tiny detail that would prove Ed right… but at the same time, I wanted Abbie to be happy. After all, everyone else was under Ryan’s spell, so was there anything to find?
HOWEVER! My years of reading crime fiction has made me so paranoid I think the worst of everyone, therefore, I am wary of people everybody likes. Always will be. BUT it doesn’t mean I am right. Or that Ed is right. The author gives enough material to the reader so we stay on the fence, and Ed’s growing erratic conduct had me leaning towards an overreaction of the father more than once… Oh what to think!
I found Abbie’s mother’s reaction to all events really grounded and they balanced everything Ed did in such a way that she kept reassuring me I was wrong… I don’t let many characters come close enough to talk me out of an idea, but Claire has arguments, and ways, like any good mother. Abbie I was less sure of. Young and in love, I knew I couldn’t trust her, haha!
T.M. Logan has written another belter of a novel!
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I would like to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.