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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159737637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597376372
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this disappointing stand-alone from bestseller Coben (Promise Me), Paul "Cope" Copeland, acting county prosecutor for Essex County, N.J., and Lucy Gold, his long-lost summer camp love, are still haunted by a fateful night, decades earlier, when their nighttime tryst allowed some younger campers, including Cope's sister, to venture into the nearby forest, where they apparently fell victim to the Summer Slasher, a serial killer. Cope's intense focus on a high-profile rape prosecution of some wealthy college students shifts after one of the Slasher's victims, whose body was never found, turns up as a recent corpse in Manhattan, casting doubt on the official theory of the old case. Cope's own actions on that night again come under scrutiny, even as the highly placed fathers of the men he's prosecuting work to unearth as many skeletons as possible to pressure him into dropping the rape case. Less than compelling characters fail to compensate for a host of implausibilities. Hopefully, Coben will return to form with his next book. (Apr.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

In this stand-alone legal thriller, Harlan Coben presents a riveting courtroom drama, creates riveting players, and delves into family secrets, love, loss, mistakes, and betrayal. A few critics noted that while The Woods falls into Coben's typical formula—a past crime affects innocent people in the present—it still comes off as fresh. The trial scenes, Cope's ruminations on what really happened that night, and the back-and-forth narration are particularly well done. Only the Washington Post faulted the novel's cheap thrills, improbable revelations, and awkward conclusion. Nevertheless, few readers will remain unaffected by its emotional heft.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.

Customer Reviews

I've read several of Harlan Coben's books and this one is by far the best I've read thus far.
Teresa J. Reasor
True to Coben, the twists and turns were great and kept me guessing, literally until the last page, and then even after that.
Susan Calvin
This book got a bit too tangled up by the end for me because there was just too much going on.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With "The Woods," Coben proves again to be one of the most consistent thriller writers around. This is familiar territory, with familiar themes and characters (even a few carryovers from previous stories), and yet Coben manages to connect with us on emotional and intellectual levels.

Twenty years earlier, the Copeland family dealt with a horrific situation involving the woods surrounding a summer camp. Now, one of the original homicide victims has resurfaced--with a different name and hints that he survived. Paul Copeland finds himself dragged back into the anguish of that dreadful evening. Not only did he lose his sister, he lost real connection with his parents, due to their grief. As he explores the widening mysteries, he is faced to confront hard truths about each and every person he has loved.

As always, Coben mixes suspense, mystery, subplots, and twists, with themes of family and loyalty and loss. "The Woods" is a fast read. Although a bit shallower on some levels than "Gone for Good" or "Tell No One," this story still gives us more reason to care than many other thrillers out there. Coben's soft heart comes through once again--and for that, I'll keep coming back.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Originality is always a prized quality in a novel, but sometimes you just need a predictable, unchallenging, fast-food sort of book for a hectic time. That's when I turn to the "thrillers" shelf and writers like Harlan Coben.

"The Woods" is the story of Essex County Prosecutor Paul Copeland and his twenty-year-old family tragedy. His sister, Camille, and three other campers went into the woods one summer night; two bodies were found, but not his sister's. The tragedy tore Paul's family apart, and he never came to terms with his role as the camp counselor who should have been keeping watch.

When the other missing camper turns up dead -- but recently so -- Paul's world spins out of control again. He's embroiled in the rape trial of two fraternity boys and their families will do anything to keep the boys out of prison. The threat to Paul's family and career is vicious -- unrealistically so, I thought, but maybe I'm naive in the wicked ways of the world.

Coben writes with a satisfying assurance and the characters are reasonably well-defined, though the women are strangely stereotyped and hard to know. Paul Copeland moves plausibly through the well-paced story. While I didn't care passionately about his outcome, I did wish him well -- assuming that everything would be happily resolved, as it usually is in this type of book. Coben surprised me with an ambiguous ending, which I considered to be a good thing.

The complicated plot is developed and wrapped up well, a real strength of this book, though there are some elements that fit poorly in the story.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on May 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Harlan Coben. I've read five of his novels, including his newest, THE WOODS. Each novel is captivating and thrilling, full of twists and turns. In his latest, Paul Copeland is the Essex County, New Jersey prosecuter. He is knee deep in the middle of a rape case when he gets the call from some detectives in New York. It seems they believe Copeland can help them with the details of an unsolved murder, a murder that may relate to the brutal slaying of Copeland's sister 20 years ago.

Twenty years ago at an idealic summer camp, four teenagers were brutally murdered, including Copeland's sister Camille. The killer is behind bars, and Copeland is just now getting on with his life, learning to raise his six year old daughter alone after his wife's death from cancer. Lucy Gold, a professor at a nearby college and Copeland's ex-girlfriend, begins receiving a journal in a creative writing class from one of her students. Turns out that journal is recreating in vivid detail the night of those murders. Who could be writing the journal? How could they know about that night? Loren Muse, a holdover from a previous Coben novel, has a strong role as Copeland's chief investigator.

As is typical with Coben novels, he throws a lot at you, and most of it sticks. There are twists right down to the last page, and all of the plot loose ends are resolved. This is the first novel where Coben's novel seems formulaic and not unique. He seems to enjoy the theme of people once thought dead possibly being alive. Copeland's daughter and deceased wife really play no role in the story. The Russian, KGB angle also seemed contrived and unnecessary. Still, Coben has the knack for making the implausible plausible, and having fun with even the most far-fetched scenario.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Beallis on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Coben became a "must read" author for me some time ago, and while this book did not disappoint, it doesn't stand up there with his best works, including his last novel, PROMISE ME. His most common theme is certainly present, that is, the past echoing into the present.

In this tale, a prosecutor is confronted with a Coben-special blast from the past: a body turns up who appears to be the boy who supposedly died 20 years ago with the prosecutor's sister and two other young people at a camp where all of them worked. Of course, his body was never found, nor was Camille's (the sister).

Paul, the prosecutor, begins tracing down leads, and with the help of an old flame from the camp days, begins bringing the past to the surface, as commonly occurs in Coben's works.

It's a well plotted story that left me just a bit cold at the end, and I think it was because I never came to care about Coben's characters quite as much as I usually do. They seemed, as a group, to be less attractive than usual. Perhaps (or probably, even) this is by the author's design, but it didn't work as well for me.

Even so, I wanted to get to the payoff and had trouble putting the book down. Just not as much trouble as I usually have with Coben's works.
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