The Catch
From the Sunday Times and Richard and Judy Book Club author of THE HOLIDAY, comes an unmissable new thriller.He is not what he seems . . . 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...

The Catch Details

TitleThe Catch
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 11th, 2020
PublisherZaffre
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Catch Review

  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, The Catch does not hold back! Another fantastic read from TM Logan, I read this quickly, needling Tom see what was going to happen next. It is far from being predictable and has so many twists and turns you will feel like you are on a never ending roller coaster. You always know when you pick up a book from this author that you are in for a treat. Abbie’s new boyfriend is a catch. Everybody thinks so.. except for her father Ed. Ryan is smart, has a great job, popular and good looking. But E Wow, The Catch does not hold back! Another fantastic read from TM Logan, I read this quickly, needling Tom see what was going to happen next. It is far from being predictable and has so many twists and turns you will feel like you are on a never ending roller coaster. You always know when you pick up a book from this author that you are in for a treat. Abbie’s new boyfriend is a catch. Everybody thinks so.. except for her father Ed. Ryan is smart, has a great job, popular and good looking. But Ed thinks he is too good to be true. When they announce that they are getting married he become a obsessed in finding out the truth about his son in law to be. Some of the lengths that he goes to are insane and crazy. You never quite know who to believe. Is Ed being over protective and paranoid? Is Ryan hiding something? You need to read this to believe itThanks to NetGalley and Bonnier Books UK for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Ed’s daughter Abbey brings her new boyfriend Ryan home for the first time and announces that they are engaged and getting married.Ed has taken an instant dislike to Ryan and feels that there is something seriously wrong with him and decides he will find out what it is at any cost.This book had me hooked from the beginning and I read it in one day.Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anni
    January 1, 1970
    Is the prospective son-in-law too good to be true – or is the father an overprotective deluded fantasist?A lot of psychological thrillers are more suspenseful than thrilling, but this enthralling new novel from T M Logan is definitely both, with its edge-of-the-seat shock ending.Logan gives us convincing glimpses into the damaged human psyche, whilst tantalising the reader’s own mind with questions and doubts throughout the narrative. I enjoyed Logan's previous ('The Holiday’) - but I found this Is the prospective son-in-law too good to be true – or is the father an overprotective deluded fantasist?A lot of psychological thrillers are more suspenseful than thrilling, but this enthralling new novel from T M Logan is definitely both, with its edge-of-the-seat shock ending.Logan gives us convincing glimpses into the damaged human psyche, whilst tantalising the reader’s own mind with questions and doubts throughout the narrative. I enjoyed Logan's previous ('The Holiday’) - but I found this one even more compelling and it will be a hard act to follow.Thanks to the publisher for the ARC via Netgalley
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  • janine
    January 1, 1970
    Now this is the epitome of a psychological thriller! Absolutely superb. I'll admit, I was slightly terrified that it wouldn't match up to my expectations. The Holiday was and still is my no*1 read from last year and didn't think anything could match up BUT Oh My Days this was incredible. The characters were perfectly scripted, you could picture them so clearly and I felt every emotion possible. You go from sadness to feeling terrified in a split second, it got to the point where I could literall Now this is the epitome of a psychological thriller! Absolutely superb. I'll admit, I was slightly terrified that it wouldn't match up to my expectations. The Holiday was and still is my no*1 read from last year and didn't think anything could match up BUT Oh My Days this was incredible. The characters were perfectly scripted, you could picture them so clearly and I felt every emotion possible. You go from sadness to feeling terrified in a split second, it got to the point where I could literally feel Ryan's breath on my neck... he's one scary and manipulative character, one of the best baddies I've encountered on page.Each character was as strong as the next. I loved Ed and at the same time I felt like he needed protecting himself. You do start questioning at around 2/3 of the way whether he actually needs professional help. The setting was a stroke of genius, it most probably helped that I know the Peak District (Castleton holds happy memories) so I felt that I was walking alongside them at times.I loved the ending. Really well thought out and wrapped up beautifully. I honestly could not rate this any higher. Tim you have worked your magic again, I can't wait to read what's next!The biggest thanks to netgalley and Bonnier Books for the ARC.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I love Mr Logan's thrillers they never fail to entertain, the characters always highly engaging and always with clever underlying faultlines to mess with your perception of themThe Catch was excellent- A father's obsession, a daughter who has seemingly found the perfect life partner, the mother caught in the middle and a twisty plot that keeps you fully immersed throughout. There's so much to love here especially if you are looking for a read that will distract you temporarily from the madness g I love Mr Logan's thrillers they never fail to entertain, the characters always highly engaging and always with clever underlying faultlines to mess with your perception of themThe Catch was excellent- A father's obsession, a daughter who has seemingly found the perfect life partner, the mother caught in the middle and a twisty plot that keeps you fully immersed throughout. There's so much to love here especially if you are looking for a read that will distract you temporarily from the madness going on around you and keep you guessing on just who might be lying about what in this group dynamic psychological dramaHighly recommended. Fuller review when the blog is back up and running.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read and enjoyed all of T M Logan’s books and whilst this one was no different I don’t think that it quite matched The Holiday however, I still found it fast paced, intriguing and full of twists and turns.I found the storyline of the new boyfriend/ over protective father a little bit predictable and the whole plot did seem to be exhausted in parts during the first half however that being said the second half of the book was when everything began to unfold and it managed to redeem itself.All I’ve read and enjoyed all of T M Logan’s books and whilst this one was no different I don’t think that it quite matched The Holiday however, I still found it fast paced, intriguing and full of twists and turns.I found the storyline of the new boyfriend/ over protective father a little bit predictable and the whole plot did seem to be exhausted in parts during the first half however that being said the second half of the book was when everything began to unfold and it managed to redeem itself.All in all a great thriller book and perfect if you enjoy a good suspense novel.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Ed finally meets his daughters boyfriend, who seems like such a catch. He is handsome and successful and they announce they are engaged to be married. But Ed can't help but think that Ryan is just too good to be true and he gets a horrible feeling about him. He will stop at nothing to protect his daughter Abbie, so Ed begins to investigate Ryan and a fantastic mystery begins. What starts as a few simple enquiries, turns into what feels like an obsession and Ed risks everything to get to the trut Ed finally meets his daughters boyfriend, who seems like such a catch. He is handsome and successful and they announce they are engaged to be married. But Ed can't help but think that Ryan is just too good to be true and he gets a horrible feeling about him. He will stop at nothing to protect his daughter Abbie, so Ed begins to investigate Ryan and a fantastic mystery begins. What starts as a few simple enquiries, turns into what feels like an obsession and Ed risks everything to get to the truth. I always love Logan's stories, with the mystery and intrigue and the writing is always sensational. I actually thought I had this one figured out quite early on, but I was so wrong! The author has a wonderful way of weaving the twists into the story that makes you question your theories and this was fantastic!
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  • Mags Schofield
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly enjoyed this gripping novel. Really didn't know who to believe as the characters developed. Some very clever writing by T.M.Logan had me tied in knots, imagining a double, or even a treble bluff. Kept imagining red herrings, adding two and two to make five and joining the dots to draw the wrong picture.As the tension builds, the reader knows that someone has been very clever - but who is it?Ed appears paranoid, but as we learn his backstory, we begin to understand his need to protect Thoroughly enjoyed this gripping novel. Really didn't know who to believe as the characters developed. Some very clever writing by T.M.Logan had me tied in knots, imagining a double, or even a treble bluff. Kept imagining red herrings, adding two and two to make five and joining the dots to draw the wrong picture.As the tension builds, the reader knows that someone has been very clever - but who is it?Ed appears paranoid, but as we learn his backstory, we begin to understand his need to protect his daughter.Is Ryan too good to be true?Real edge of the seat writing that had me holding my breath.Thank you Pigeonhole and T.M. Logan.
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  • Jules (Never enough time to read)
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely over the top characters but I found it an easy read. I did mostly guess the ending but it was good and suited the story. Another good read from T.M.Logan.
  • Rachel Bridgeman
    January 1, 1970
    From the very title, your curiousity is piqued-Abbie's grandmother refers to her suitor, Ryan, as 'a catch' and ...he seems too good to be true, what's the catch? It's as if he has been ordered from the perfect boyfriend catalogue. He says the right things, shows respect and love towards Abbie and yet...he is pinging the danger warnings in Ed's mind.At the start of the book, when first an engagement and then a wedding is announced in quick succession, the plot developments come thick and fast as From the very title, your curiousity is piqued-Abbie's grandmother refers to her suitor, Ryan, as 'a catch' and ...he seems too good to be true, what's the catch? It's as if he has been ordered from the perfect boyfriend catalogue. He says the right things, shows respect and love towards Abbie and yet...he is pinging the danger warnings in Ed's mind.At the start of the book, when first an engagement and then a wedding is announced in quick succession, the plot developments come thick and fast as , like Ed and wife Claire, we get whiplash from how quickly Ryan is moving. Ostensibly this is because Claire's mother, Joyce, is facing a life limiting cancer diagnosis which makes a logical sense to marry sooner, rather than later and risk Joyce not being able to attend, and yet.... it still seems a little off.Ed could be seen as just an over protective father, and yes, he has form in this area, but which of the men really has Abbie's best interests at heart?Is it decorated Army vet and first class psychology major Ryan, who dotes on her , or Ed, whose only child's happiness is more important to him than oxygen?T.M Logan cleverly plays into the thriller element of his bound-to-be-a-summer-sensation by keeping the reader on edge as to what is seen and what is perceived. You doubt yourself as narrators switch places, third and first person intermingle and the past and present collide. How far would you go as a parent to protect and defend your child-even when they are a grownup?The sinister atmosphere mounts towards a spine tingling denouement in the Peak District, and it definitely is the type of book you pick up and race through to the final pages. The slight gripe I personally had with it, was the side lining of a major character and the very ending. It didn't seem to tonally fit with what had come before and it was a bit unsatisfying, but even saying that, this is just my opinion. Otherwise, I really enjoyed being taken on this journey through loss, grief, paranoia and family loyalties being tested to the limit.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic T.M Logan thriller...Granted this is not any particularly new or never heard of before, but I loved it because of how well written it isT.M Logan thrillers are so engaging and easy to read.Even though the plot was pretty basic and I could see where it was going, I still really enjoyed this thrillerThe audiobook was really good too There wasn't many twists and turns, but it was still really fast paced and kept me hooked till the end I definitely think T.M Logan books are underra Another fantastic T.M Logan thriller...Granted this is not any particularly new or never heard of before, but I loved it because of how well written it isT.M Logan thrillers are so engaging and easy to read.Even though the plot was pretty basic and I could see where it was going, I still really enjoyed this thrillerThe audiobook was really good too There wasn't many twists and turns, but it was still really fast paced and kept me hooked till the end I definitely think T.M Logan books are underrated. I highly recommend this thriller and also all his previous books tooOverall, this is a really good engaging thriller TW: murder and violence
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  • Fay Flude
    January 1, 1970
    I have only read one other book by this author - The Holiday, which I enjoyed immensely.I had high expectations for this fourth book from TM Logan and from the opening I knew he had me hooked!The Catch is a game of cat and mouse between Ed, Abbie's father and Ryan, Abbie's fiance. This game is tense and extremely addictive for the participants, nail biting and adrenaline pumping stuff for the reader.The tale is told mostly from Ed's perspective, a seemingly paranoid, obsessive and over protectiv I have only read one other book by this author - The Holiday, which I enjoyed immensely.I had high expectations for this fourth book from TM Logan and from the opening I knew he had me hooked!The Catch is a game of cat and mouse between Ed, Abbie's father and Ryan, Abbie's fiance. This game is tense and extremely addictive for the participants, nail biting and adrenaline pumping stuff for the reader.The tale is told mostly from Ed's perspective, a seemingly paranoid, obsessive and over protective father. We do hear the voice of Abbie and Ryan too as well as Ed's wife and Abbie's mother Claire on occasion.At no point does the story weaken or lose pace. It is tightly and cleverly plotted with many chapters ending in cliffhangers obviously designed to keep you turning the page. It is a one sitting, drop everything, ignore everyone type of book.There is a lot of doubt cast upon the state of the main narrator's mind (Ed) and as a reader you are never quite sure whether TM Logan is dropping in hints of the truth or giving the reader a merry old run around!With genuine twists you are suspicious, incredulous, concerned, frightened, appalled, saddened, intrigued and just absolutely desperate to race to the finish to discover if you can cut the mustard as an amateur sleuth!The book's ending is controversial, will most definitely cause heated debates throughout reading groups and book clubs and for me was an absolutely apt (and shocking) ending.TM Logan is a man who can write and I am joining the queues of fans eagerly awaiting his fifth book (and that is saying something because I really do not like waiting in line!).What would YOU do to protect the ones you love?
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  • Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Daniel Kincaid
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read? Indeed, it is. A good one? Not by a long shot. I've decided to give Logan another chance. I loved "Lies", thought that "29 Seconds" was okayish, while "The Holiday" was a stinker, IMHO. I mean, Logan's got potential to be a good psychological-thriller writer, so he has to have more in him, no? Well... "The Catch" starts interesting enough, quickly turns into a standard, run-of the-mill,straight-forward thriller... And that's about it really. It never soars, never pays off. The bigg A quick read? Indeed, it is. A good one? Not by a long shot. I've decided to give Logan another chance. I loved "Lies", thought that "29 Seconds" was okayish, while "The Holiday" was a stinker, IMHO. I mean, Logan's got potential to be a good psychological-thriller writer, so he has to have more in him, no? Well... "The Catch" starts interesting enough, quickly turns into a standard, run-of the-mill,straight-forward thriller... And that's about it really. It never soars, never pays off. The biggest problem is the characters. They're all... I don't know, dumb? A recurring theme in Logan's books is that all of his characters, particular his protagonists, are either way too naive, or are making the worst possible decisions a person can have. Which is very convenient for the plot. "The Catch" has all of it, in spades.Ed, the father, believes his daughter's new boyfriend is not quite right, there's something off about him- and you , as a reader, know he's right. But ed's behaviour feels less like an over-protective father, and more like that of an obsessed man. He's basing all of this on a gut feeling, which is okay, but every decision he makes is idiotic and lacks any common-sense, which, in the process makes him an easy target to fool with. His daughter, Abbie, lives in a fantasy world, really, thinking everything is rosy in the world. She's not just naive, she's stupid as a god-damn shoe-lace. Her mother, Claire, isn't any better.Another problem this novel is suffering from, is the fact that you're spending most of your time following Ed's misadventures, so you, as a reader, can't really gauge Ryan and his intentions, whether he's the psychopath Ed thinks he is. And as mentioned before, Ed's behaviour isn't better in itself, so things do get confusing at some point. About halfway through the novel becomes somewhat interesting- something "major" happens and shifts the tone and pace of the novel, but unfortunately, by that time you just don't care anymore- because there is no character development whatsoever. The book focuses so much on Ed's suspicions and paranoia, that Logan's forget to give his characters life- every single character in this book is dull, lifeless, flat. Seriously- any one of them could've been the culprit easily, seeing as you can't truly distinguish one character from another.I'm also sick and tired of characters being stupid and making stupid decisions just because it's convenient for the plot. Surely, no one is THAT stupid! Whatever happened to common-sense, I wonder? Straight-forward, dull, predictable, stupid at times. That's "The Catch". It was, to me, in some ways better than "The Holiday", and it's an easy read, sure, but if you're expecting a gripping psychological thriller- hell, if you're expecting a good book, period!- then do yourselves a favour, and look elsewhere, because this novel is neither. As for me, I think i'm done with Logan for time being. There's potential there, but it's being wasted on mundane, lifeless stories... 2 stars.
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  • Veronika Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good psychopath. The crazier the better. You only have to look at the popularity of Killing Eve to see I am not alone. There’s dark humour in The Catch too at times (or maybe it’s not intentional and it just says a lot about me). Perhaps because it’s my favourite genre to write I can almost smell it.This book was fantastic. I’ve read Lies and 29 Seconds by the same author but The Catch is way more exciting. This is real edge of the seat stuff. My only two issues were that I would have l I love a good psychopath. The crazier the better. You only have to look at the popularity of Killing Eve to see I am not alone. There’s dark humour in The Catch too at times (or maybe it’s not intentional and it just says a lot about me). Perhaps because it’s my favourite genre to write I can almost smell it.This book was fantastic. I’ve read Lies and 29 Seconds by the same author but The Catch is way more exciting. This is real edge of the seat stuff. My only two issues were that I would have liked a kind of ‘nature or nurture’ explanation as to why someone becomes a total nut job. And also I so wanted one of the characters (I can’t say any more) to have outwitted the killer. But you can’t have it all.Ed is paranoid when it comes to his daughter. He’d do anything to protect her. And I mean anything. Everyone else adores Ryan but Ed sees something else. Something hidden in those deep brown eyes that are so dark they are almost black. Hey – I have eyes like that but I hope I don’t look like a psychopath. But it’s not just that. He smiles with his mouth but his eyes don’t follow. They just stare back at Ed. Unmoving, fixed, unemotional. Sounds kind of scary but no-one else seems to notice except Ed. That’s when he starts Googling Ryan, looking at his social media profiles, breaking into his house, attaching a GPS tracker to his car. Hiring a private detective. The usual stuff when your daughter has a new boyfriend. In fact everyone thinks Ed’s gone a bit nuts. But just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they are not after you.So who really is the one with the problem here? Overprotective Daddy or too-perfect Ryan? This book will keep you guessing, skipping back and forth until near the end. Absolutely brilliant. Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons and to the author for making this such an enjoyable read. If I had had the whole book in one go I would have stayed up all night to finish it – and not just because I’ve been furloughed and don’t have to go to work tomorrow.
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  • Susan Page
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness, such a tense story! Having lost his toddler son in a terrible accident that he blames himself for Ed is somewhat over-protective of his daughter Abbie, a teacher. Then Abbie brings home her latest boyfriend, and they announce they are getting married, in just a few weeks. Ryan, on the surface, seems to be perfect, but there is something about him that worries Ed. So he decides to investigate his background, using a private detective. Suddenly his life spirals out of control, he s Oh my goodness, such a tense story! Having lost his toddler son in a terrible accident that he blames himself for Ed is somewhat over-protective of his daughter Abbie, a teacher. Then Abbie brings home her latest boyfriend, and they announce they are getting married, in just a few weeks. Ryan, on the surface, seems to be perfect, but there is something about him that worries Ed. So he decides to investigate his background, using a private detective. Suddenly his life spirals out of control, he starts lying to his wife and daughter, his employers, and himself in some ways. We see him sensing things but shrugging them off as his imagination, and then acting in a way he wouldn’t normally, and shouldn’t, if he only trusted his senses.I half expected the outcome, but thought that I was over-reacting to what I was reading. The huge climax towards the end of the book gave some resolution and peace to the family, but with a hint of problems to come. A thought-provoking story, the first I have read by this author. I am sure I will read more. Thank you to the publisher and Pigeonhole for providing an advance copy of this book. I am delighted to write an honest review, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Priya Shrinath
    January 1, 1970
    Ed Collier knew it in his bones that his daughter's dashing new boyfriend is just not what he says he is. A decorated army veteran, volunteer for elderly care, good job, good looks and too charming.. And too good to be true. But none of his family seem to see what he sees in his future soninlaw. Especially not his daughter. So he begins his own search. Search to discover dirt on this mysterious man. Just to protect his daughter. But had he gone too far? Too close to danger?T. M. Logan's thriller Ed Collier knew it in his bones that his daughter's dashing new boyfriend is just not what he says he is. A decorated army veteran, volunteer for elderly care, good job, good looks and too charming.. And too good to be true. But none of his family seem to see what he sees in his future soninlaw. Especially not his daughter. So he begins his own search. Search to discover dirt on this mysterious man. Just to protect his daughter. But had he gone too far? Too close to danger?T. M. Logan's thrillers are filled with tense and suspense that keeps the reader hooked with absolute entertainment. The chapters are crisp, and the drama just heating up as the premise progresses. This one is no different. I loved it how the narrative shifts between the characters before the big reveal and even though the climax comes out a bit over dramatic, it's still written in a pacy way, full of adrenaline pumping and all that. Just the perfect entertainment for a weekend read and Mr. Logan never disappoints his fans.Many thanks to the publisher for my early copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Morag Murray
    January 1, 1970
    Of the TM Logan novels I have read this has been my favourite to date. For the most part I found it gripping and gratifyingly easy to read.Ed’s role I can best describe as a wannabe Liam Nesson in the ‘Taken’ movies - a highly protective Dad who will stop an nothing to keep his daughter safe. Daughter, Abbie, announces her (very short) engagement to boyfriend, Ryan, to whom Ed instantly distrusts and dislikes. Is his paranoia justified?! All becomes clear! I felt this was for the most part gripp Of the TM Logan novels I have read this has been my favourite to date. For the most part I found it gripping and gratifyingly easy to read.Ed’s role I can best describe as a wannabe Liam Nesson in the ‘Taken’ movies - a highly protective Dad who will stop an nothing to keep his daughter safe. Daughter, Abbie, announces her (very short) engagement to boyfriend, Ryan, to whom Ed instantly distrusts and dislikes. Is his paranoia justified?! All becomes clear! I felt this was for the most part gripping, as I was highly motivated to keep reading over a very short period of time, but just towards the end I felt a Hollywood ending coming on and felt my interest drop slightly! Could be just me! (I like my endings slightly more dark and twisty!)An enjoyable read overall, in the basis of which I won’t hesitate to seek out more from TM Logan. I am grateful to Netgalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.
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  • Chanel Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.Diving right into the storyline, this book started off believable, compelling and very interesting to read. The story of a doting father that wants to protect his daughter, and is suspicious of her new boyfriend - a simple, yet highly realistic story. But the conclusion/reveal actually disappointed me a little. Not only was it rather predictable in some wa I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.Diving right into the storyline, this book started off believable, compelling and very interesting to read. The story of a doting father that wants to protect his daughter, and is suspicious of her new boyfriend - a simple, yet highly realistic story. But the conclusion/reveal actually disappointed me a little. Not only was it rather predictable in some ways, the reasoning behind everything just seemed rather far-fetched, and I just struggled to believe it. I had so many questions!! Overall, worth a read as it does have an subtle warmth and intensity to it, but it's not my favourite book from this author.
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  • Sandie Bishop
    January 1, 1970
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: May 23rd 2020 "There was nothing that could stop you if you were willing to do things that others didn't have the stomach for. Nothing." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Zaffre in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***(view spoiler)[I had an excellent first experience with T.M. Logan's writing last year in 29 Seconds, and I have been looking forward to pick up more of his work ever since. I admit that I was sold as soon as I read Finished reading: May 23rd 2020 "There was nothing that could stop you if you were willing to do things that others didn't have the stomach for. Nothing." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Zaffre in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***(view spoiler)[I had an excellent first experience with T.M. Logan's writing last year in 29 Seconds, and I have been looking forward to pick up more of his work ever since. I admit that I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of The Catch, and my instincts were not wrong. This newest story turned out to be another scorcher! Trust me, psychological thriller fans will be in for a treat with this one... Because holy smokes, T.M. Logan has done it again!I was literally hooked from the very first page until those explosive final reveals; both due to the excellent writing and the clever building up of suspense. This story is definitely perfectly designed to draw you right in, and that is exactly what happened once I started reading... I just couldn't stop until I discovered the full truth. A lot of the success of this story is due to the technique of obscuring the truth and letting you in the dark about Ed and Ryan for a long time. Is Ed just seeing things that aren't there? Is Ryan who he says he is? Trust me, The Catch will have more than one shocking surprise in store.Another reason this story works so well is due to the structure of the plot. We not only have different parts, but also multiple POVs in play. This is used both to make it easier to get a proper feel for the characters, hide certain facts as well as introduce doubt and suspense in the plot. Ed and Claire are initially the main focus, but both Abbie and Ryan are key to the plot too and especially later on. Plot twists, secrets and lies are brilliantly developed and used to maximum effect; there is no doubt that the final reveals will be a total shocker.As for the characters... I loved how well developed they were; they are realistic, flawed and make it easy to stay invested in the story. Ed himself is a fascinating character with a tragic past and really made this story work. The fact that you keep wondering if he is just being an overbearing father not wanting to see his daughter with any man, or if he is on to something and something is really off with Ryan will most definitely keep you on your toes. This doubt enhanced the suspense and is basically the driving force behind the mayority of the plot and story. Ryan is likewise interesting; not exactly likeable at any point, but the doubt around his character keeps you hunting for clues either way as you keep turning those pages. Both Claire and Abbie were easy to like and were likewise well developed.In short, The Catch is a brilliantly written and suspenseful psychological thriller with an explosive ending you won't see coming. It's an excellent read for anyone who enjoys the genre and loves stories that are able to mislead you. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    When Abbie announces to her parents that she and her boyfriend, Ryan, are getting married in a few weeks, they are somewhat surprised - especially as they have only just met him.But Ryan does appear to be something of a catch, and Abbie's mother, Claire, is overjoyed for her. However, her father, Ed, is not so sure.Ed is convinced that Ryan is lying to them about something and he just can't shake this feeling, even though everyone else seems to adore him.Is Ed being overprotective of Abbie, like When Abbie announces to her parents that she and her boyfriend, Ryan, are getting married in a few weeks, they are somewhat surprised - especially as they have only just met him.But Ryan does appear to be something of a catch, and Abbie's mother, Claire, is overjoyed for her. However, her father, Ed, is not so sure.Ed is convinced that Ryan is lying to them about something and he just can't shake this feeling, even though everyone else seems to adore him.Is Ed being overprotective of Abbie, like he has before, or is Ryan really not as perfect as he appears to be? Ed will not rest until he has uncovered Ryan's secrets, and he needs to move fast if he is to save Abbie before it is too late...*******************************************************************The Catch is he new thriller from the best-selling author Tim Logan, and one I have been looking forward to since reading his previous, and utterly brilliant, novel, The Holiday.This time we are treated to a family drama about a man who finds himself over-protective of his daughter, as the fall-out from feeling responsible for the death of her younger brother many years ago. This makes him open to going to extreme lengths to save her from any perceived danger, especially in terms of the men she chooses to keep company with. and means he has been known to overstep the mark when it came to her previous boyfriends.But this time, Ed is sure he is not overreacting, even if his wife and daughter keep telling him he is imagining things. He is sure there is something very wrong about Ryan and he will not rest until he knows what it is - even if this means letting all other areas of his life slide and alienating his wife and daughter along the way.It's hard to say too much about this one without giving away unintentional spoilers, but I can say that this is a fast-paced, page-turner of a novel, that kept me absorbed from page one, about obsession, gut instinct and the desire of a parent to do anything to protect their child from danger. I will add that I spent a considerable amount of time while reading this book yelling at Ed to try to get him not to do the things he rushes into - but suffice to say, he did not listen to a word I said!For me, The Catch lacks much of the complexity, speculation and delicious inter-play between the characters that had me spellbound in The Holiday, but this is certainly a book that offers huge appeal for the lovers of psychological thrillers, and the insidious cat and mouse element is darkly seductive. I am sure Tim Logan will be notching up another best-seller to his name with this one....and I absolutely loved the double meaning behind title!
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  • Megan Jones
    January 1, 1970
    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. The perfect fiancé. There's just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them. Who would you believe? All of Ed's instincts tell him his daughter is in terrible danger - but no-one else can see it. With the wedding date approaching fast, Ed sets out to uncover Ryan's secrets, before it's too late. Ryan is perfect from the o 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. The perfect fiancé. There's just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them. Who would you believe? All of Ed's instincts tell him his daughter is in terrible danger - but no-one else can see it. With the wedding date approaching fast, Ed sets out to uncover Ryan's secrets, before it's too late. Ryan is perfect from the off or so he seems to everyone but Ed who instantly becomes obsessed with trying to out the real Ryan. It reads okay and I did enjoy it but there is no really explanation for why Ed behaves the way he does. You could put it down to gut instinct but there are hints Ed is the way he is because of something and then this is never really explored. There are plenty of possible reasons as to why he is the way he is but it felt like they were not all explained and explored. As I said I did enjoy this but it felt like it was missing something. There are twists although I do not think there are any shocking twists and unfortunately the latter part of the book felt very rushed, even more disappointing as it was probably the best part. At its heart this is a read about a family and it is relatable and entertaining if not edge of your seat reading.Logan writes this from different perspectives, I will not detail who as it will ruin the magic of the read but I did enjoy the perspectives and the different explanations and thoughts provided. This style really allows the reader to understand the characters more and begin to question who you should believe. The only thing is sometimes, Ed does some extreme things that just ruin how realistic the read is which was a shame.'The Catch' is entertaining and I enjoyed the characters but it is lacking twists and thrills to keep it alive.Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Books UK for an advance copy.
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  • We(e) Read(s)
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever just have a gut feeling about something? Or in this case, someone? When his daughter brings home her new boyfriend, Ryan, for the first time, Ed takes an instant disliking to him. And when they announce they’re getting married, and in only a few weeks time, Ed resolves to make sure Abbie is not about to make a terrible mistake.With Ryan not actually having done anything but be completely charming, some of Ed’s actions seem pretty extreme. Is his instinct correct? Or has his past loss Do you ever just have a gut feeling about something? Or in this case, someone? When his daughter brings home her new boyfriend, Ryan, for the first time, Ed takes an instant disliking to him. And when they announce they’re getting married, and in only a few weeks time, Ed resolves to make sure Abbie is not about to make a terrible mistake.With Ryan not actually having done anything but be completely charming, some of Ed’s actions seem pretty extreme. Is his instinct correct? Or has his past loss led to him becoming an extraordinarily over-protective parent? Either way he seems hell-bent on proving Ryan to be a danger to Abbie, to the detriment of absolutely everything else in his life. While I was horrified by some of Ed’s actions I also found myself feeling sorry for him, as well as for his wife and daughter.This book is positively crackling with tension the whole way through. I read the second half in just one sitting as I NEEDED to know who was the crazy one (because, let’s face it, it had to be one of them!) – father-in-law or son-in-law?! The ending was a nail-biting one, with one major development that completely floored me.It got me thinking about how I let gut instincts affect my actions in relation to my children. Do you, or should you, always trust those instincts? And how far would you go to protect your children? Is it really any of your business who they decide to marry? Would you be able to trust their judgement, even if you didn’t take to their partner straight away?Mine are only 3 and 1 so it’ll be a long time until I have to face these particular challenges but I do put a lot of faith in my gut feelings, and I have usually been right. I’m not sure I would take the risks that Ed does in this book though…The Catch was the first of T. M. Logan’s books that I’ve read but I’m definitely going to be searching out his earlier novels. A book that kept me guessing right until the end, The Catch is intense and compelling. Would highly recommend.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    Having read all of T.M. Logan’s books so far, I can confidently say that The Catch is his best book so far and definitely my favourite! I loved every moment of this psychological thriller! There were some shocking twists that I didn’t see coming and I love it when that happens. This is a book that will be up there with my favourites by the time 2020 ends I have no doubt.Ed was a character I felt connected to the minute he was introduced. An overprotective father, no one is really good enough for Having read all of T.M. Logan’s books so far, I can confidently say that The Catch is his best book so far and definitely my favourite! I loved every moment of this psychological thriller! There were some shocking twists that I didn’t see coming and I love it when that happens. This is a book that will be up there with my favourites by the time 2020 ends I have no doubt.Ed was a character I felt connected to the minute he was introduced. An overprotective father, no one is really good enough for his “little girl” but it’s not until further into the plot that you realise why he’s like this. When Abbie introduces her new boyfriend Ryan to the family, he charms everyone except Ed who is convinced that Ryan isn’t “the catch” that everyone else seems to think he is. Yes, Ed thinks Ryan is just too good to be true and so there definitely must be “a catch”. I loved the ambiguity of the title here-is Ed just paranoid and looking for flaws where there are none or is Ryan the sociopath that Ed suspects him of being? There are so many twists and turns here that I had no idea!I certainly don’t want to go any further into the plot than that as the less you know the better with this one. I love how T.M. Logan takes ordinary families in his books and then throws them head first into extraordinary circumstances that test their strengths and morals. Here his characters make decisions that we may or may not agree with but that we know we can’t judge as we haven’t ever been in that situation ourselves so have no idea how we would react! And that’s why I lived through this book alongside Ed, on the edge of my own emotions because who knows what we would do walking in another’s shoes.Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! It’s a gripping thriller, the ultimate page turner for those who want to be kept on the edge of their seat. A cracking plot that constantly surprised me and with an ending that sent shivers down my spine. Brilliant!
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  • Jeanniehay64
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first read by T.M.Logan and it definitely won’t be my last. As the tension built up in the book I found myself unable to put it down and resented any interruption from my family. Ed seems to all intents to be a overprotective father. The apple of his eye his daughter, Abbie has just brought her new boyfriend Ryan to meet the family. Abbie’s mum and grandmother are instantly charmed by Ryan, but Ed is not so sure, he has a gut instinct that not everything is as it seems about him .Ryan This is my first read by T.M.Logan and it definitely won’t be my last. As the tension built up in the book I found myself unable to put it down and resented any interruption from my family. Ed seems to all intents to be a overprotective father. The apple of his eye his daughter, Abbie has just brought her new boyfriend Ryan to meet the family. Abbie’s mum and grandmother are instantly charmed by Ryan, but Ed is not so sure, he has a gut instinct that not everything is as it seems about him .Ryan and Abbie announce their engagement and shock the family when they reveal they want to get married as quickly as they can. This sends Ed on a mission to find out all he can about his future son in law, before the wedding day.I completely related to Ed’s desire to make sure his daughter was marrying a genuine man . Most parents have an natural instinct to protect their children. The lengths Ed went to did seem very extreme and at times I was speechless at his single handed actions when trying to investigate his new son in law.As the plot thickened I found myself holding my breath unable to predict what was going to happen next. and what an ending !, I found myself thinking about it long after the last page!! This is definitely a must read!! Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for my chance to read this highly recommended thriller.
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  • Auro Books
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5⭐I have read and loved all T.M Logan books so I could not leave this one out!I love his writing style, how quick his books read, how short his chapters are, how addictive his stories are, how he plays with the audience, with the plot twists and I really love how immerse I get in his books!The Catch wasn´t an exception. I liked from the very first chapter. I liked how the story started and I could see that it wasn´t gonna end well.I liked that we had more than one narrator. The main one was 3.5/5⭐I have read and loved all T.M Logan books so I could not leave this one out!I love his writing style, how quick his books read, how short his chapters are, how addictive his stories are, how he plays with the audience, with the plot twists and I really love how immerse I get in his books!The Catch wasn´t an exception. I liked from the very first chapter. I liked how the story started and I could see that it wasn´t gonna end well.I liked that we had more than one narrator. The main one was Ed, the main character, but we also got to hear some chapters from Claire, his wife, and Abbey, his daughter.I liked how obsessed Ed became with his daughter´s new boyfriend. I loved seeing how he didn´t trust him from the beginning and how he followed his guts instinct until the end.I didn´t enjoy the price he paid for it all. He lost so many things throughout the way that I didn´t think it was fair but it made the plot very interesting!I liked Ed´s detective skills. How he thought about many many ways of caughting his son-in-law in the act, how he investigated on his own, how he risked his family and his job, how he was so determined in finding out if he was right.The end was somehow predictable and it didn´t suprised me a lot. I think Logan built the tension throughout the book so well that that end let me a little bit underwhelmed.It entertained me, though, and I will definitely read anything else he publishes!
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  • S.E. Jones
    January 1, 1970
    As a massive fan of T.M Logan I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy of him new novel The Catch.I can tell you I was not disappointed. Tense to the extreme I found myself thinking about it throughout the day until I was able to read on.The story centres around Ed the somewhat overbearing and overprotective father of Abbie who has just been introduced to his daughters new boyfriend Ryan. Ed has a bad feeling from the start which turns even worse when their impending marriage is revealed. Ed i As a massive fan of T.M Logan I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy of him new novel The Catch.I can tell you I was not disappointed. Tense to the extreme I found myself thinking about it throughout the day until I was able to read on.The story centres around Ed the somewhat overbearing and overprotective father of Abbie who has just been introduced to his daughters new boyfriend Ryan. Ed has a bad feeling from the start which turns even worse when their impending marriage is revealed. Ed is convinced charming, handsome, goody-too-shoes Ryan is too good to be true and it’s a race against time for him to prove it before the wedding. As Ed’s suspicions grow he becomes erratic, unreliable, building a web of lies as complicated as those he is accusing his daughters new fiancé of. We as readers are left somewhere in the middle, sympathising with a loving father and yet worried that he might be the one to push everyone over the edge. As the story progressed I found myself literally holding my breath, losing myself completely in the plot as it well and truly unravelled to a shocking conclusion A fantastic story, readers won’t be able to stop thinking about it! https://booksandi.wixsite.com/booksi/...
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    I love T M Logan’s books and this was no exception. The story centres around one family - Claire, Ed and Abbie. Abbie brings her new boyfriend to meet her parents and he seems to be a real ‘catch.’ Ed is wary of him and thinks he’s too good to be true but can’t quite put his finger on why he feels this way. Ed and Claire are then told their daughter is getting married and Ed is determined to find out who Ryan really is before the wedding can go ahead. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil I love T M Logan’s books and this was no exception. The story centres around one family - Claire, Ed and Abbie. Abbie brings her new boyfriend to meet her parents and he seems to be a real ‘catch.’ Ed is wary of him and thinks he’s too good to be true but can’t quite put his finger on why he feels this way. Ed and Claire are then told their daughter is getting married and Ed is determined to find out who Ryan really is before the wedding can go ahead. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil the story but I can say, this is a gripping story that pulls you in from the first few pages. I admit I agreed with Ed that Ryan was too good to be true but was he wrong?This is a great read that I highly recommend. Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Darina kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Ed has always been an over protective father to his daughter Abbie. But when Abbie brings home Ryan, Ed knows this isnt just another boyfriend who might hurt his beloved daughter by cheating on her or playing silly games, this new man is very bad news. Ed launches into an investigation to try prove to Abbie and his wife, Claire, that Ryan cant be trusted. Much to Abbie and Claire's dismay who think Ryan is perfect in every way. But when someone seems too good to be true, it's usually because the Ed has always been an over protective father to his daughter Abbie. But when Abbie brings home Ryan, Ed knows this isnt just another boyfriend who might hurt his beloved daughter by cheating on her or playing silly games, this new man is very bad news. Ed launches into an investigation to try prove to Abbie and his wife, Claire, that Ryan cant be trusted. Much to Abbie and Claire's dismay who think Ryan is perfect in every way. But when someone seems too good to be true, it's usually because they are!This clever, page-turner kept me guessing until the very end with so many twists and turns. The obsessive father, the naive daughter, the mother caught in between the two and the "seems to good to be true" son-in-law make for a great character combination. I definitely knew when I picked up this book that I was in for a treat. Highly recommended.
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