Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery

Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery

by M. Weidenbenner

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Finalist in the READERS' FAVORITE Awards.
Readers' Favorite gave CACHE a PREDATOR five-stars. "I highly recommend this book to any readers who are looking for a new, excellent crime novel that is heartrending and thought-provoking."

Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when a judge grants Brett's drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn's safety. Who will protect her now?

When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, she's placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.

But a lot can happen in a few days.

Especially when there's a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who's attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who's planting body parts in geocaching sites.

Cache a Predator is a novel about a father's love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.

Readers who like DEXTER might like this novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490936390
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michelle is a writing addict, blogger, and encourager, teaching and empowering writers on how to get published at Random Writing Rants.

She writes suspense for adults, children, and young adults. She's multi-published in magazines and short story contests. Her current work-in-progress includes Wily, Willow, A Vision in a Kiss, Eclair, and Kelly's Story.

When she's not writing she's winning ugly on the tennis court. She's queen of the rim shots. No joke. It's ugly.

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Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Wow just Wow, This Author knows how to write, at first I had a hard time reading it, I almost lay it away but I promised a review so I read on. I did not regret that decision  what a great thriller, the character felt so real.  My Husband and I love Geo-caching and just the idea to find that kind of cache is frightening.  Detective Brett Reed is fighting his alcoholic drug addicted ex-wife who has sole custody of his young daughter Quinn.  Things get worse when his ex wife gets killed in a accident, Brett goes after the predator when he realizes the system fails. His daughter is not twice taken away from him and he goes on a man hunt, predators should fear this dad.   I warn you that you need to like thrillers/Crime stories it is very well written, the author clearly did a lot of research! It is hard to lay down,a mind blowing story and lots of plots and twists, but likable characters, besides predators. Read about this loving dad that will do anything to gain costudy over his daughter and keeps her and other kids safe.  I received a copy of this book for a honest review.
jm7322 More than 1 year ago
Well written
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Young cop Brett will do anything for his five-year old daughter Quinn. If that means violating the protective order his ex-wife Ali took out on him, he’ll do it. If that means proving to the courts that Ali is an incompetent mother to gain full custody of Quinn, he’ll try to be patient and maintain his temper to do it. Brett’s fight to protect Quinn is made more complicated when they are both thrown in the middle of a crime where a vigilante is gruesomely targeting sex offenders: by hiding their wankers in local geocaches. Cache a Predator has everything a thriller needs to make a fast-paced read that will pull at your heartstrings. I couldn’t put the book down. The characters are compelling and complex, with real motivations. Quinn will make you want to save her. Brett will bring you to his side. Ali will tug at your sympathy even as you want her daughter to be taken away from her care. The vigilante will make you take a second look at sex abuse victims… and make sure your door is locked. As this is a thriller with a who-dun-it context, I thought that by paying attention to every character I could figure out the ending, but it turns out the author was a lot more clever than I was and was able to surprise me with the climax. The intro was setup in an intriguing way. Almost from the very beginning I knew what happy ending I wanted to see, where all ends would be tied sweetly together. I’m sure you’ll have some of the same yearnings, but you’ll have to read to find out if it all turns out the way you expect and desire. This book blew all my expectations out of the water and although I picked it up for the geocaching element, I was not let down when I found out there was very little geocaching involved because the book was so thrilling and very well written. My only comment would be to cut out the last chapter.
LOUdellarosa More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves a mystery will enjoy this fast moving read. I will look for other books by this author!
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
And please tell me there's a sequel on the near horizon. In her debut novel, Cache a Predator, author Weidenbenner has crafted a thriller that's so edge-of-seat, can't-put-it-down satisfying that I regret she didn't take up her pen sooner. And I'll be first in line to buy the next one. Complicated characters worth believing in. A masterful and clearly home-based portrayal setting. A plot with all the twists and turns that keep you turning pages. Bottom line, Cache a Predator is a great read and a worthy first novel. Keep 'em coming, Michelle Weidenbenner. An engaging read. The beginning captured me. The middle was fast paced and layered. The ending was very satisfying. I found the characters more well-rounded than in a lot of other crime novels which made the story more suspenseful. An excellent first novel. Michelle Weidenbenner is right there at the top with this book. Her storyline caught me from the first page and held me to the end. I've read hundreds of book and this book is right at the top!!! Thank you Michelle and please... keep it up.
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What are author thinking now days? I couldn'nt get past the scene @ the grave yard in the first two pages. Do we have to turn such a fun family game into smething of a "Nightmare on Elm Street" meets Alien vs Predator, in a dark alley with Jason from "Friday the Thirteenth"?! Gory. Not worth you time or efforts in reading, takes too long to slough off the dark and deranged scenes, with the killer, this author forces you into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it very much.I recommend to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weak prose; one dimensional and under developed characters; decent pacing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not get past the 2nd chapter. Feel I wasted money because of the violence being so horrible. The review had nothing about it. I would give it no stars if I could.
DanelleJohns0 More than 1 year ago
What caught my eye first about this novel was the title. Our family are slightly obsessed with Geocaching, the kids adore it. What I wasn’t expecting was the obsession the novel became to finish it. The story has a little bit of everything, a divorced couple that doesn’t think the other can properly care for their child, a murderer that disassembles bodies and hides them in geocaching locations. Which honestly, gives me reason to pause the next time we all head out on our adventures in caching. What is even stranger is that I am not all that against some of the victims that the murder chooses. A novel that causes me to think who really am I routing for is a rare experience for me. Once the media catches whiff of this unusual murderous spree- it takes on a whole new level of understanding human behavior. Would you be one of those people that could not be curious enough to go geocaching just to see what you find? I know we all initially say “Yes, I could or would never knowingly search that out!”, but deep down we are a curious breed. Cache A Predator is one of my favorite reads this year, which I plan on reading again. While it may be disturbing in nature at time, it is still an amazing well written book. Keep in mind that the book is written to bring awareness to child abuse and truly is supporting the spread of exposing the very tough heartbreaking topic.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This book gave me goosebumps. I need to mention that this book is about abuse and can be hard to read. With that being said I felt so bad for Quinn and I wanted to hire a bunch of lawyers for Brett. They both had to deal with really bad situations. There is a lot to be said for survivors of abuse. I am also really happy that this author is spreading awareness. The geocaching aspect of this book was like nothing I have ever read before. I really liked this book. I kept wondering until the end, and I hope this author comes out with a sequel,and SOON. I am giving this book a 5/5. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
TheBookStalker More than 1 year ago
Excited and intrigued when starting this read, as this genre is diverse compared to recent books. Spine-tingling and inspiring with characters that are brilliantly balanced due to their complex personalities! As her debut novel Weidenbenner has quickly proven that she was born to write. Although surprised at the adult language and explicit scenes I appreciated the reality of a different perspective giving variation to a ‘picture-perfect’ life. Brett’s undying love for his five year old daughter is apparent with strong morals intertwined with life affirming qualities completing an action packed and substantial storyline. I enjoyed the fast pace page turner once I got through the first few chapters and hope that this author plans on writing many more thrilling undertakings in the near future.
Momdoesreviews More than 1 year ago
One thing that stands strong in the midst of all the chaos is Officer Reed’s love of his daughter.  No one, not even CPS can deny that he loves his daughter and would do anything to get her back.  He about loses his mind as he tries to find the GeoCache predator to save his daughter.  Will he succeed?  I can’t give away the ending.  You’ll have to read it for yourself. Overall, Cache a Predator may not have been the book I expected, but was definitely a page-turner.  It really makes you look at your life and those around you- do you really know your neighbors?   Children should be able to feel safe in their own home, unlike Quinn.  It’s a book about the love of a father for his daughter and his journey to seek justice for Quinn before it’s too late.  I highly recommend this book for all you mystery readers who need an original plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book I didn't know that Geocaching is a recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. However this book has now given me the interest of trying Geocaching out. I loved how this book was written. I was glued to it from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down. It has everything you could ask for, romance, mystery, and excitement. This is definitely a book I will recommend to everyone. 
CMP61 More than 1 year ago
While this book has some strong language and graphic details, the story is interesting and engaging. The characters are believable and well fleshed-out and the plot keeps you guessing. The subject matter includes sexual abuse and pedophiles and is a little hard emotionally at times, but well worth the read! I loved that the author incorporated geocaching into the story line as I have enjoyed this activity from time to time. This book is well worth the read!
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
Cache a Predator isn't just a mystery. It deals with the issues of addiction as well as emotional and sexual abuse. It tears at your heart. This book is written from different points of view as well as in the third person at times. It sounds confusing but it was done well and wasn't confusing at all. In fact, seeing things from "the Whacker's" point of view helped to explain why he was attacking sexual predators and I felt sorry for him. If his point of view hadn't been shared, I would have just considered him a monster rather than a disturbed human being. My heart ached for Brett. He was in an impossible situation because of his ex-wife's lies and things just got worse. He was a good man and a great father but he did seem to have a bit of an anger problem. He never hit a person, and I got the impression that he never would, but it seemed like he was always hitting things: the table, the steering wheel, etc. I liked Sarah, Quinn's counselor. She tried to help whenever she could. She was a strong woman who had gone through a lot in her childhood and was doing what she could to get over it. I have heard of geocaching and how it works but I've never participated. I thought it was a creative way to have the missing body parts to be found.  I definitely recommend Cache a Predator for anyone who likes crime novels and/or drama.
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Oh how I love a good mystery and this one definitely fits that bill. This one is well written, and reminds me of watching one of my favorite crime shows. You can visualize everything in this story, even for someone that has never done any or knows anything about geocaching. You will become irritated when you have to take a break to get stuff done, because all you will want to do is to keep reading. I hate these "commercial breaks" just like I do when watching my favorite shows. I have read some of Michelle Weidenbenner other books including Scattered Links, and part of her children's books, Eclair series. I love all of her books but I really love her adult books, including this one. She has an innate ability to draw the reader in, and getting the reader to empathize and genuinely care about the characters. They are so realistic. She brings emotional events to life. You won't know what is real and what is fiction. I don't know if this book is based on real events but it definitely feels like it could have happened. I give this book 5 stars. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and readers. This book is not appropriate for all audiences. Some of the situations deal with abuse including sexual abuse. Then, of course, the crimes themselves are not for the feint of heart or squeamish. However, the author deals with the subject matter without sensationalizing or trying to shock the reader. It is done in a tasteful way if that is possible. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
Right away when I starting reading Cache a Predator I was hooked. What a beginning! Michelle had me ~ I wanted to read more. I read the Cache a Predator in one sitting.  My heart felt sorry for Brett and his struggles. I really can not tell you much more about the book. I do not want to spoil any of the amazing things that continue to happen.   All I can say is  make sure you are ready for a amazing read!
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
Michelle Weidenbenner has written a great mystery/thriller for her first novel. She does an excellent job introducing all the characters and how they all relate to one another and the storyline. Officer Brett Reed loves his daughter, Quinn, and will do anything it takes to keep her safe. Only she isn’t safe … Brett lost the custody battle to his depressed, drug addict ex-wife who is always either wasted or hung over. When Quinn is found wondering the streets alone, she is placed in foster care until both parents are interviewed. Meanwhile, someone is maiming male pedophiles from the community and hiding the “trophies” in local geocaching sites. The police follow leads they get from studying the cases of the victim’s victims to try to catch this psychopath. The author ties all the ends together nicely with an edge of your seat ending complete with twists and turns. I hope she plans on a sequel to this story … I already miss the characters and want to see how they continue on.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
What a book!!  This will bring out your deepest thoughts, stirring them up and making your heart burst.  It will open your eyes to the dark world that many people suffer from whether it be alcohol / drug abuse, child abuse, mental illness and more.  On top of which comes the most cutest, loveable little girl, Quinn and her loving father Brett, who will melt your heart. There's a predator on the loose with one mission on his mind - to rid the local area of pedophiles, to keep the children in the area safe so they don't have to undergo the same torturous childhood that he had gone through.  How does he do this and what body parts does he hide in the geocaching sites? You will have to read the book but be prepared for some 'coarse' words here and there, bringing out the true flavour of the mystery. Officer Brett Reed, Quinn's father, along with his partner Clay try to track down the predator.  Yet Brett has worse problems to deal with much closer to home.  His addict of a wife sinks lower into despair whilst having custody of their only daughter Quinn.  His daughter is found in the street on her own and is taken into protective care.  You would think it would be a straight forward handing over to the father but no, it turns out to be the worst thing that could have happened.  The book shows how years of child cruelty can affect those in later life and how the suffering is passed on to their loved ones.  Personally it made me really think about how unfair the legal system is, and in this case how ludicrous it is when dealing with the custody of children towards fathers, it also brings to light frightening potential flaws in trusted protective services that will make may your skin crawl. Get ready for the story twists, unexpected moments, the holding of breath and the emotional grab of this brilliant thriller, you won't want to put this one down. 
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I’ve said it before, but I will say it again – I judge books by covers. I don’t ever read what they are about. I look at the cover and based on that, I determine if I want to read it or not, so I am always surprised by what is held in the pages when I start reading. The beginning was a little confusing because we didn’t know who or why things were happening. It was very vague. We then moved on to a second story line and I had to admit, I wasn’t sure how, or if, these two story lines would ever merge (and no, I’m not going to tell you whether they did or not.) I will say, the book was a little dark – even for my liking. Just rethinking about it all gives me anxiety. It was also a little gruesome, to be honest. Regardless though, I really did like the book and hated putting it down at night (I have to sleep at some point!) I didn’t peg the suspect until a third of the way through the book – which makes me happy. I hate reading a mystery and figuring out the who done it too soon in the book. This one was perfect timing for me in figuring out the who done it. If you like mystery and can handle the darkness, I really think you would enjoy this book. It really was a great read that, like I said, if you can get past certain things, I would recommend you read.
AGill More than 1 year ago
Cache a Predator is a crime thriller with a twist. The entire book is threaded with graphic details of the horrors of sexual abuse and the trauma that can affect a victim throughout the remainder of their lives. It details the struggles of a young cop as he fights the court system for custody of his young daughter while a vigilante is targeting registered sex offenders in the same county. This book drives home how many children are overlooked through the system due to the overload of the Child Protective Service workers. It also shows how one victim of child sexual abuse can push past their history and not let themselves remain a victim while another was never able to receive the appropriate guidance and assistance and has struggled to move on. While pulling its readers in with the guise of the crime thriller, this book also draws attention to the issue of child sexual abuse and how one simple act can overtake a child’s life and alter it forever.