April 16, 2021

The Boy from the Woods – Harlan Coben


Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods.

He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now a former soldier and security expert, he lives off the grid, shunned by the community – until they need him.

A child has gone missing. With her family suspecting she’s just playing a disappearing game, nobody seems concerned except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein. She contacts Wilde, asking him to use his unique skills to find the girl.

But even he can find no trace of her. One day passes, then a second, then a third.

On the fourth, a human finger shows up in the mail.

And now Wilde knows this is no game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life – and expose the town’s dark trove of secrets…

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We all watched The Stranger on Netflix didn’t we? It was very good. It was based on a book by Harlan Coben you know? You knew that.

Thanks to Netgalley and publisher Random House UK/ Cornerstone I managed to nab an advance review copy of Harlan Coben’s upcoming release ‘The Boy from the Woods’.

The blurb is a little misleading as although the story of the missing children (teenagers really) is a big part of the story, this book has three separate storylines.  

  1.  The missing teens
  2.  The Boy from the Woods
  3.  A murder from many years ago

In typical Coben style all three storylines weave together in the end. But again in true Coben style you have to keep your wits about you to keep track of what the hell is going on.

The main character through each is Wilde, the boy from the woods, and he holds the story together perfectly. A mysterious character that we never really get to understand yet a character that is instantly likeable and who I found myself rooting for throughout.

This book is part legal thriller, part domestic thriller, part mystery and I think it works well. While I found the ending unsatisfactory and twee (bearing in mind I had a proof copy and this MAY have changed) this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.

If the rights are sold to Netflix this story could be another contender for a fantastic series.

The Boy from the Woods is published TODAY. Order your copy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3b8Eylu

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