REVIEW: Caught (Missing Series #5) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult/ Science Fiction/ Speculative Fiction/ Historical Fiction (this one is difficult to pinpoint), Pages: 352, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

Jonah and Katherine come face to face with Albert Einstein in the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling The Missing series.

Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling through time, but when learn they next have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, they think it’s a joke- they’ve only heard of his sons. But it turns out that Albert Einstein really did have a daughter, Lieserl, whose 1902 birth and subsequent disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Lieserl was presumed to have died of scarlet fever as an infant. But when Jonah and Katherine return to the early 1900s to fix history, one of Lieserl’s parents seems to understand entirely too much about time travel and what Jonah and Katherine are doing. It’s not Lieserl’s father, either- it’s her mother, Mileva. And Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear.

In my opinion, this is the best in The Missing series so far.

As with the previous books, I will not summarize Caught because I do not want to spoil the surprise. I will simply tease you with the following quote: “Of course, how good can our plan really be, Jonah thought, when it relies on outsmarting one of the most brilliant men in history?”

Haddix continues to amaze me with her exceptional writing and unbelievably mind-boggling skills of creating an intricate and captivating mystery. While I want her to write a novel for adults, even an epic because I don’t want her stories to end, these books are so mesmerizing and intelligent that adults will find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats as well. Please don’t take that as an insult to young adults. Adults sometimes want more details that would not be appropriate in a young adult novel and will not find young adult fiction to be satisfying. This is not a problem with The Missing series.

I almost cried at one point and 3 pages before the end of the book, I almost screamed because I thought I knew where Haddix was going and couldn’t believe she would treat her readers so sadistically. Then she didn’t go there. Three pages before the end of the book and she still surprised me!

Reviewed by Christina

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