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"The crafty Coben knows how to weave a compelling story with intriguing characters, and Wilde is one of his best . . . The narrative veers into such unexpected directions that even a true thriller aficionado will not see the multiple surprises the ending delivers." ―Associated Press
"I liked [The Boy from the Woods] a lot!"―Stephen King
"Coben never, ever lets you down."―Lee Child
"Every time you think Harlan Coben couldn't get any better at uncoiling a whip snake of a page-turner, he comes along with a new novel that somehow surpasses its predecessor."―San Francisco Chronicle
"[Harlan Coben is] the modern master of the hook and twist."―Dan Brown
"Harlan's a great thriller writer . . . one of my favorites."―John Grisham
"Intense from the first page, with dramatic plot twists . . . Fans of complex heroes caught up in world-changing events will relish this latest from a master storyteller."―Library Journal, Starred Review
"The world needs to discover Harlan Coben. He's smart, he's funny and he has something to say."―Michael Connelly
"Count on Coben to serve up a once-you-start-you-can't-stop mystery/thriller. He introduces a new character that only he could pull off: a New Jersey version of Tarzan."―Forbes
"Coben is simply one of the all-time greats."―Gillian Flynn
"Introduces a compelling new series lead . . . another fantastic thriller from one of the best."―CrimeReads
"[Harlan Coben is] one of the world's finest thriller writers."―Peter James
"A gloriously pulpy premise . . . in the hands of a thriller master."―BookPage
"A hybrid mystery-thriller featuring a unique blend of concepts and themes. Starkly original."―Providence Sunday Journal
"The Boy From the Woods is a one-sit read. The characters and plotlines are so well drawn out that it is easy to find yourself caught up inside them."―Bookreporter.com
"Coben is the undisputed king of suspense . . . jam-packed with misdirection and heart-stopping twists."―The Real Book Spy
"The bestselling author of . . . Run Away has written another gripping thriller for 2020."―AARP.org
"Coben finds room for three climactic surprises, one of them a honey."―Kirkus Reviews
"Harlan Coben is a master at weaving compelling thrillers . . . a haunting ride."―PopSugar
"There are lots of levels to this tale . . . Wilde is wild in a believable way and we want to know just what it is that keeps him going. As always, the women are great."―The Globe and Mail
"Entertaining . . . [a] read for the summer."―Winnipeg Free Press
"There may be no other thriller writer alive today who has mastered that fundamental trick of the genre. When you start a new Coben novel, or just pick one up and read the jacket copy, you know that nothing will unfold as it seems. You can be assured that surprises will keep appearing until the final page."―BookTrib
"Harlan Coben is a master at writing spellbinding thrillers, and his latest, The Boy From the Woods, is no exception . . . a wild ride."―Orange County Register
"The twists and turns of this story are really intriguing, and you don't suspect who the culprit is until the very end."―Self Magazine
"The Boy from the Woods is another superior tale from this popular author."―The Missourian
"Engrossing characters . . . [readers will] want more stories involving Wilde and Hester."―The Military Press
"Coben fans will instantly recognize the author's dry style, deft plotting, and adept use of twists and turns."―Intermountain Jewish News
"Gripping . . . a must-read."―9to5Toys
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (June 29, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538748177
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538748176
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 1.35 x 7.45 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The storyline is actually very interesting. The main characters are a man who as a boy, was left in the woods by someone, a 70 yr old criminal attorney who knows just the right questions to ask, a politician who will do anything to get elected, two teenagers and an ultra rich couple.
A teenager goes missing. The there’s another ... the storyline proceeds with drama, suspense, the usual twists and turns and would have ended on a great note if one didn’t have the read the chapter “three weeks later.” I know you’ll read it even if I say not to. But it wrecks the whole book. If it weren’t on my iPad, I would have torn out that chapter or just simply stomped on the book, tore the whole thing up and set it on fire.
The ending is stupid, nonsensical and ridiculous. It doesn’t even belong in the story. Mr. Harlan Coben, you are much better than this!
In other words this is the kind of book I love. The characters have actual personalities - believable ones. No one is perfect, but they are believable. Some of the people do good things, for good reasons - with bad results, sort of. Does that give you an idea of what this book is like? It's about well meaning, fallible people. There are bad people too - except they are maybe more weak than bad. One thing for certain - the author understands human nature and used it to create a compelling, interesting and educational story.
There are multiple threads in this story, but no loose ends when the book is finished. Definitely a good read.
I'm always excited to get a new Harlan Coben book. Loved the humor of the main lawyer, Hester. As I read on, I felt this book went no where; the girl's missing - then she's not missing - then she's missing again. Besides loving Hester, I had no connection to anyone else in the book. Basically rich political people playing games. I can watch that on tv every night on the news. Sorry Harlan :(
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I quit this 25% of the way in. To conclude, this boy from the woods was looking for a great plot and some originality, but ended up thinking one of his favourite authors may have rushed this or just tried something new and not got it quite right.
The story centres around Wilde, who got his name because he was found living alone in the woods. No one knows where he came from and he doesn't know his own name. He is found at the back of a property owned by Hester, the other main character. She is a criminal lawyer. Fast forward over the years, the mystery around Wilde has never been solved and he still spends a lot of his time living off grid in the woods. Hester and Wilde team up to try and track down a teenage girl who has gone missing. Some of the story is a little too dragged out, but some of it is classic Harlan. Fast paced, keeps you guessing, builds lots of strands together.
I liked the book, but it isn't one of his best.