The Boy from the Woods
In the shocking new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community . . . and the world.The man known as Wilde is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, he was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. After the police concluded an exhaustive hunt for the child's family, which was never found, he was turned over to the foster system. Now, thirty years later, Wilde still doesn't know where he comes from, and he's back living in the woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast, comfortable only outdoors, preferably alone, and with few deep connections to other people.When a local girl goes missing, famous TV lawyer Hester Crimstein--with whom Wilde shares a tragic connection--asks him to use his unique skills to help find her. Meanwhile, a group of ex-military security experts arrive in town, and when another teen disappears, the case's impact expands far beyond the borders of the peaceful suburb. Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.

The Boy from the Woods Details

TitleThe Boy from the Woods
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 17th, 2020
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538748145
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Boy from the Woods Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "Well, well, well, as I live and breathe. Hester Crimstein in my little station."Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand-alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here. Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why. Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work. Sure, you can jump right in to most of his "Well, well, well, as I live and breathe. Hester Crimstein in my little station."Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand-alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here. Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why. Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work. Sure, you can jump right in to most of his fictional pieces and get by just fine, but once you've experienced a few of his stories, you start to find the hidden gems, cross references, and golden nuggets that he leaves behind for those who wish to go deeper. What King does for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Harlan Coben does for crime fiction. Did you happen to read Run Away earlier this year? If so, you'll find out early on that the events of The Boy from the Woods happen tangentially to what Simon Greene experiences in Run Away. Don't worry if you haven't read it; there are no spoilers for that plot in this book, and you could still go back and read Run Away after finishing this one, as they are two separate entities. However, this is just an example of the easter eggs you'll find throughout if you're a dedicated fan. *clears throat*---> insert Hester CrimsteinIf you're new around here, let me catch you up to speed. Hester is a 70-something year old defense attorney who is a little bit of this:And a whole lotta this:Basically, she's one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. She's got style, she's got class, and she's a teeny tiny woman who's a great big smart ass. Each and every time she has shown up in one of the author's books as a supporting character, I've longed for an in depth peek into her story. Finally, it's here! I won't say too much, other than this was everything I have been waiting for over the past 12 years of reading Coben's novels. Also, Hester getting a romance will fix everything that is wrong in the world, I assure you. The reason Hester is a central character in this book is because her grandson, Matthew, is tangled up in something he shouldn't have been (teenagers, amiright?). There is another aspect of the story that is described in the synopsis, and I don't want to mention it here specifically, but it's worth stating that it kept my focus in a different place which, in turn, helped keep most of the twists and turns a surprise. As a reader, I've always found that the very best thrillers are equal parts gripping plot progression and in depth character development. Harlan Coben manages to balance action scenes with emotional connections as a perfected art form, which is why he has become one of my most trusted go-to authors of the past decade. Perhaps being a long time fan allowed me to appreciate every instance of crossover characters, every exclamation of "Articulate!" when a phone was answered, and every familiar setting that I've grown exceptionally fond of between NJ and NYC, but I believe The Boy from the Woods stands on its own as a memorable thriller. I enjoyed every minute I spent with this book, and I hope to meet Hester, Oren, and a few other characters in future endeavors.*Many thanks to the author for providing my review copy.
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Life isnt lived in the black and white, Wilde. People like to think so nowadays. All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad. But life is lived in the gray. Life is lived in the nuances. Action-wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben. Lots was going on at all times. Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged. But where this differed from Coben's most recent book Run Away and the now “Life isn’t lived in the black and white, Wilde. People like to think so nowadays. All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad. But life is lived in the gray. Life is lived in the nuances.” Action-wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben. Lots was going on at all times. Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged. But where this differed from Coben's most recent book Run Away and the now almost-classic Tell No One is that The Boy from the Woods had no strong emotional pull for me.I've said this before, but I am an emotional reader. I love to connect with characters, share their experiences, and become deeply-invested in what will happen to them. In this book, that never really happens. I think this may be because the two characters we follow - Hester and Wilde - had no real emotional attachment to the main mystery-- that of a missing girl and the missing son of local billionaires. And on top of that, the girl's parents do not seem to give much of a damn where she is and the rich boy's parents seem more interested in protecting their own secrets.Because of this, I never felt emotionally drawn into the story. It never got my pulse racing as I wondered if these poor kids would be found. I experienced more of a mild curiosity about them, not that all-consuming need to know what would happen.The book does tie well into current U.S. events and politics. There's a guy called Rusty Eggers running for president and he's a little bit of Trump, a little bit of Weinstein-- essentially, a powerful man with powerful connections and maybe a lot to hide. Political secrets and cover-ups abound!Coben plays around with a number of subplots that feel like distractions because, well, they are. If you ignore them and look underneath to the bare bones of this book, it is very easy to figure out who is behind the kidnapping. Though, credit where it’s due: Coben lays out one twist after another in the final few chapters and I'm sure even the most astute readers will have a hard time spotting everything that is coming (I certainly didn't).Of the two main perspectives the story is told from, Hester was undoubtedly the star for me. She's a badass, seventy-year-old lawyer who takes shit from no one. Wilde, unfortunately, was nowhere near as interesting as I thought he might be. He is the boy from the blurb who was found in the woods as a young child and remembers nothing from before that. His circumstances and mysterious history are intriguing, but he himself felt a little flat. I far preferred Hester's chapters.The Boy from the Woods is definitely not a bad read for those who enjoy action, thrills, and some politics thrown in too. But I will always prefer books that I become emotionally invested in over lots of mindless action.Facebook | Instagram
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    The Boy From the Woods is an action-packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secrets. The plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace. She is the school pariah. Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well. This is where things get more complicated. Theres a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers. Lies unravel and secrets are revealed. Conspiracy theories, a ransom The Boy From the Woods is an action-packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secrets. The plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace. She is the school pariah. Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well. This is where things get more complicated. There’s a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers. Lies unravel and secrets are revealed. Conspiracy theories, a ransom note, and a lot of drama play into the outcome of events. Two main characters solve the case: The boy from the woods, Wilde, and lawyer, Hester Crimstein.Wilde was found as a little boy living in the woods by himself. The mystery of how he came to be living on his own in the woods has never been solved. He has no recollection of his parents, the only thing he remembers are parts of dreams. He is now an adult, former army intelligence, drop-dead gorgeous and to top it off, he happens to be a genius. Haunted by his past, he is damaged and reckless, but of course, he has a huge heart. All of the women want him. He is a bit of a giant cliche. Then there is Hester, a 70-year-old kick-ass lawyer who made an appearance in The Runaway. I loved her character--she is intelligent, feisty and posses the ability to slay people with her words. She made this book for me.I would compare reading this book to watching an action movie: the characters are mysterious and charismatic, and the plot is intriguing until one starts to think and ask questions. It’s all a little too unbelievable, but it makes for good entertainment.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Harlan Coben's novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey. The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6-8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from. No-one ever claimed him or came forward with Harlan Coben's novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey. The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6-8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from. No-one ever claimed him or came forward with information on who he might possibly be, placed with foster parents, who excelled at school, joined the military, taking part in numerous secret missions, only to leave to work in the private security and investigations sector. His past has made him a loner, with a non-negotiable need to spend time in the woods where he now lives, and unsurprisingly he has issues when it comes to intimacy and connecting with others.Naomi Pine is a school girl having to endure never ending intensive daily bullying and abuse that the teaching staff never confront, until one day she disappears. Matthew never challenged the bullies but he is worried when she no longer attends school, so much so that he asks his grandmother to investigate. His grandmother just happens to be the larger than life character, the 70 year old widow Hester Crimstein, a famous TV lawyer with some great one liners, still grieving the loss of her son, David, and romantically drawn to Westville Police Chief, Oren Carmichael. One of the main instigators of Naomi's bullying is the entitled rich kid, Crash, the child of the famous Dash and Delia Maynard. Aside from Wilde, there are two other major ex-military men in the story, one in charge of security for the Maynards and there is Saul Strauss, now an activist lobbying for Dash Maynard to release incriminating secret tapes of Rusty Eggers, a divisive politician campaigning to become president. As Crash is abducted, Wilde is hired to find him whilst searching for Naomi as well.This is a powerful thriller that reflects many strands of contemporary American politics, the deplorable controversial tactics deployed to obscure issues and prevent the truth having any impact, the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful that they will do anything to stop becoming public. The star highlight is the indomitable and colourful Hester, finally beginning to get over the loss of her husband, Ira, close to Wilde since he was a child and a friend of her beloved son, David. She dominates any scene she is a part of, a true believer in upholding the law, even when it doesn't work. Coben's touches on issues of the nature of contemporary politics, the influence of the rich and powerful and on ethics, integrity and morality. I love this twisted thriller, where little is as it appears, with the slow and expert reveals in a compulsive and riveting narrative. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Wilde was living wild in the woods (get it?) thirty years ago. No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods. He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He's an adult now, but still more comfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arms length. Raised in Wilde was living wild in the woods (get it?) thirty years ago. No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents’ names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods. He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He's an adult now, but still more comfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arm’s length. Raised in foster care, he excelled in school and even more so in the military where he was a member of an elite group taking part in secret missions. When his godson asks him to locate a missing girl, Naomi Pine, he knows there is more to the story than his godson, Matthew is telling him. Soon Wilde begins his investigation and enlists Matthew's Grandmother, TV personality and lawyer, Hester Crimstein, who in my opinion steals the show. She is a tough old broad that is also va-va-voom! She seriously is the best, and I am purposely not saying more about her.Soon, it becomes clear (as it always does in this genre) that there is more going on with the various characters in this book than meets the eye. Soon, Wilde will be up against those with secrets, those with hired muscle, those who will do anything to uncover those secrets and those who will do anything to keep those secrets hidden. Coben does not disappoint in this book, what begins as a missing person investigation quickly turns into so much more. This book touches on politics, power, romance, bullying, quilt, family, loss, the impact of secrets and how social status can either help or hurt a person. There are a lot of characters in this book and Coben gives them unique personalities and voices. The plot moves at a fast pace as Wilde and others attempt to figure out just what the heck is going on and why.This is another solid book by Coben. He delivers time and time again and this book is no exception! I found myself engrossed in the book, completely glued to the pages, waiting for the reveal and completely enjoying the book from the very first to the very last page. There are so many characters in the book that I just want to see/read again. Articulate! (and yes, at some point in the near future I am going to answer my phone this way!)Well written, well thought out, perfectly paced, captivating and entertaining. Highly recommend!Thank you to Harlan Coben, goodreads and Grand Central Publishing who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This is whirlwind, complex, action-packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour! Including: Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a mans stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesnt drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish the This is whirlwind, complex, action-packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour! Including: Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a man’s stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesn’t drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish the remarkable puzzle.We’re introduced another mysterious character named Wilde. That’s why they call him anyways because decades ago he was found in the woods, trying to survive by himself, suffering from night terrors and a memory of auburn haired beautiful woman (could she be his mom? We have no clue!) His only friend was David who died in a car accident that he was driving that car. He stayed connected with David’s family including his mother Hester Crimstein who is kickass lawyer and famous TV personality, his grandson Malcolm and he’s having a secret affair with David’s wife.But he likes to be distanced from people, live in a Ecocapsule house reminded us of a sc-ifi project), suffering from OCD, foster cared, having a sister he can call for urgent times, excelled in his studies, worked at special secret missions at the military and now he’s working as a private detective.After a long introduction about our character, let’s move on the plot: Malcolm tells Hester a girl from his school named Naomi is absent and he worries about her well-being. He is tight lipped at first but Hester realizes the girl is outcast, got bullied at school and her father is heavy drinker. So Hester decides to check on her by visiting their house and Naomi’s father denies her absence. Something seems fishy! So Hester calls Wilde to help her. Everything starts with missing girl story who is being bullied by powerful, elite, popular school boys. Wilde finds out the girl was hiding in the basement. They easily connect because Wilde knows well how to be outcast and to survive in the real and metaphorical jungle.But a few days later, the girl really disappears and this time, her father wants to hire Wilde to find her. And a kidnapper sends human fingers. Yes! I have to stop here. You want to ask me to “articulate” (This is the signature way of Hester’s answering her calls which I already start to answer like her!) but my lips are sealed . No more beans will come out! (I don’t like beans anyways!)This is fast, action-packed, smart, entertaining reading with Mr. Coben’s talented, sarcastic story-telling skills. And we have cameo of Simon from Run Away. Hester also mentioned my favorite Harlan Coben character: Myron Bolitar (She didn’t call his name. She mentioned him as a star basketball player friend!) And Malcolm and Crash talked about their favorite drink yoohoo (Myron’s favorite drink!)I know Wilde’s open-ended story makes you think, we already said goodbye to him. But I’m not so sure. I think we gotta prepare ourselves to read more Wilde series because after my Myron Bolitar obsession, I think the author gave us a unique, layered, mysterious and charming Tarzan meets young Marc Singer from Beastmaster kind of Alpha male character. So I’m looking forward to read more and learn about his secret past!I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars. I enjoyed the action packed, exciting, moving development and captivating pacing. The only problem is there are too many materials in this book to write three different more books. So many plots and subplots, crowded characterization exhaust our brains (I already lost five more cells which were fried after reading those exciting but also complex chapters!) but I have to admit, the author connected each piece of the puzzle meticulously. At least there are no plot holes or illogical explanation or nonsense revelation. I wish we learned more about the background of Wilde but the author has big plans about him. I can sense it. Let’s give 4.5 and round them up to 5 and waiting for the next chapter!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Kylie D
    January 1, 1970
    The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben's best. The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum. The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non-existent and I was never riveted in any way. It's a shame as I've always found Coben The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben's best. The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum. The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non-existent and I was never riveted in any way. It's a shame as I've always found Coben to be a must read, however this book misses the mark.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Oh where to start! Harlan Coben is one of my all time favourite writers and I actually squealed when I was approved for an early copy of The Boy From The Woods. So no pressure Mr Coben, no pressure. I knew that I had to be free of other commitments when I picked up this book. Absolutely pleased to report that this book is fantastic 🤗Not going to talk too much about the plot for this one. I did not know too much about it going in and left it all to be a surprise. There are wonderful surprises for Oh where to start! Harlan Coben is one of my all time favourite writers and I actually squealed when I was approved for an early copy of The Boy From The Woods. So no pressure Mr Coben, no pressure. I knew that I had to be free of other commitments when I picked up this book. Absolutely pleased to report that this book is fantastic 🤗Not going to talk too much about the plot for this one. I did not know too much about it going in and left it all to be a surprise. There are wonderful surprises for long time Coben fans. This is a stand alone book most definitely. I do hope that Wilde is a character that we will meet again soon. I really enjoyed reading about him and would love for more. He is a very different character and one you won’t forget in a hurry,This is a story of missing children, political scandal, family and money. It is constantly moving story that leaves you little time for recovery from the last revelation. It twists so many times you will never guess the ending. I can not recommend this book or Harlan Coben enough. Thank you so much to Random House UK, Cornerstone Century and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to timely reading of pre-publication books I get by way of NetGalley, I try to play it straight - really, I do - by reading them in order of next to be released. But sometimes I get one I'm so excited about that it jumps to the head of the line. This is one of those times. And to the half-dozen books that got pushed aside, I promise to get to them soon, but love means never having to say you're sorry. This one was way too good for apologies. It's most notable to me for the When it comes to timely reading of pre-publication books I get by way of NetGalley, I try to play it straight - really, I do - by reading them in order of next to be released. But sometimes I get one I'm so excited about that it jumps to the head of the line. This is one of those times. And to the half-dozen books that got pushed aside, I promise to get to them soon, but love means never having to say you're sorry. This one was way too good for apologies. It's most notable to me for the interesting characters, starting with Wilde, a now-grown man who, as a young boy, was found living in a state forest. He had no memory of a family, or how he got there, curiously attributing his language ability to sneaking into people's homes when they were gone to watch TV shows like Sesame Street and videos (how he learned to turn them on remains a mystery to me, but hey). Also important to this story is attorney Hester Crimstein, a somewhat quirky but very likable character who has appeared in previous books.At this stage of his life, Wilde has become quite accomplished, having graduated from West Point and served in the military, but he remains somewhat reclusive and continues to live in the forest in an eco-friendly but technologically advanced pod-like structure that can be moved around at will. He has no real emotional attachment to anyone and prefers living alone - how he survived communal living at West Point and the military is beyond me, but I'm guessing it wasn't the most fun he ever had in his life. But back in the woods, he manages to collect a menagerie of former and current ladies. More to the point here, he was good friends with Hester's late son, David (and, of course, with Hester).A young girl named Naomi Pines, a victim of bullying at school, goes missing, and her off-and-on classmate, Matthew (Hester's grandson) is so worried that he begs her to look into her disappearance. When Hester asks viewers of her popular TV show to be on the lookout for Naomi, all heck seems to break loose. Much of that emanates from the wealthy and powerful parents of one of the boys who bullied Naomi unmercifully (exactly why school teachers and officials always looked the other way when that happened isn't clear, but I suppose it has something to do with not wanting to get on the wrong side of those snooty parents).Of course, there's a subplot that involves goings-on and the potential for blackmail among the aforementioned filthy rich parents and their friends, one of whom is making a run for a major political office. And that leads to some political commentary which, I presume, reflects the author's opinions (and certainly mine), to-wit: "The middle class has become complacent. They are smart, but they are lazy. They see the grays, they get the other side. Extremists, on the other hand, see only black and white. They are not only certain that their vision is absolutely correct, but they are incapable of even understanding the other side. Those who don't believe as they do are lesser in every way...They don't see right or wrong - they see us and them."Aided by some old friends, Wilde ratchets up his investigative skills to find Naomi; and when another youth goes missing and the plot thickens, they tackle that as well - sometimes at their own peril. All in all, it's a sometimes harrowing experience for the characters and a whirlwind for readers - at least for me. Loved it - many thanks for the opportunity to read and review it.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Its been awhile since Ive read a Coben book-happy that he still knows how to weave a great tale! There is something about his writing style that works for me. It's feels smooth, easy-even in those tense or dramatic scenes.In typical Coben style, he starts out in one direction, then the next thing you know there are sub plots popping up, all with their own mystery to figure out. I did guess accurately at the outcome of one, the rest did catch me by surprise.While some of the situations require a It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Coben book-happy that he still knows how to weave a great tale! There is something about his writing style that works for me. It's feels smooth, easy-even in those tense or dramatic scenes.In typical Coben style, he starts out in one direction, then the next thing you know there are sub plots popping up, all with their own mystery to figure out. I did guess accurately at the outcome of one, the rest did catch me by surprise.While some of the situations require a stretch of the imagination, his characters are memorable and real. Anytime Hester Crimstein makes an appearance you know it's going to be a great read!This is a clever, witty, and fast paced mystery that I highly recommend.ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a big disappointment for me. I have read and enjoyed most of Harlan Cobens domestic thrillers. Watch his excellent mystery series : Safe, The Stranger, and The Five on Netflix instead. This was a big disappointment for me. I have read and enjoyed most of Harlan Coben’s domestic thrillers. Watch his excellent mystery series : Safe, The Stranger, and The Five on Netflix instead.
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    As with every single prior Harlan Coben novel, I am in love with these characters, this book and I can't believe I have to wait a year for a new book!The Boy in the Woods features a connection to one of my favorite Coben recurring characters, the esteemed Hester Crimstein, but this time, Hester is one of the stars of the show (we do get an "articulate" reference as well) - including these easter eggs to past books or characters is one of my favorite things about reading Coben - it's like an As with every single prior Harlan Coben novel, I am in love with these characters, this book and I can't believe I have to wait a year for a new book!The Boy in the Woods features a connection to one of my favorite Coben recurring characters, the esteemed Hester Crimstein, but this time, Hester is one of the stars of the show (we do get an "articulate" reference as well) - including these easter eggs to past books or characters is one of my favorite things about reading Coben - it's like an inside joke with these characters who have been in my life for so many years. The book itself - a missing teenager, an unstable political personality and somewhere in the middle, there's Wilde, the man who was rescued raising himself in the woods as a small child (and befriended by Crimstein's late son). Wilde is one of the most interesting protagonists Coben has created to date and if you've read Coben's work previously, you know that that is really saying something. This story had me guessing from page to page and loving as it all came together. Kudos, Mr. Coben on another FIVE star read! I can't wait for March 2020 til the rest of the world gets to experience the magic of this book!Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable and entertaining suspense novel with well drawn characters. SUMMARYA young wild-hair boy, thought to be between the age of 6 to 8 was found living in the woods all alone. No one has any idea who the boy was or how long he had been there. That was thirty years ago. Wilde still prefers to live in those woods today. The woods are the air for his lungs. Now an adult, he still doesnt know who he is, and another child has gone missing.No one seems to take Naomi Pines disappearance An enjoyable and entertaining suspense novel with well drawn characters. SUMMARYA young wild-hair boy, thought to be between the age of 6 to 8 was found living in the woods all alone. No one has any idea who the boy was or how long he had been there. That was thirty years ago. “Wilde” still prefers to live in those woods today. The woods are the air for his lungs. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know who he is, and another child has gone missing.No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.REVIEWThe Boy From the Woods is an enjoyable and entertaining suspenseful novel set in Westville, New Jersey. The novel is smart and full of terrific twists and turns. The writing was smooth and easy and the characters are distinct and delightfully well-drawn. I absolutely loved Hester, she is strong, bright and thinks quick on her feet. She has one or two soft spots that makes you believe she’s real. If I ever need an attorney I’m calling her! Wilde also surprised me. I really liked his intelligence, compassion and sensitivity. Hard to believe, with his childhood he turned out way better than ok. I wouldn’t mind seeing Hester and Wilde again.Author Harlan Coben has given us yet another suspense-filled novel destined for the number one spot on the best-seller list. The ending had me completely gobsmacked! You should immediately add this to your “to be read” pile. Thanks to Netgalley, and a Grand Central Publishing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher Grand Central PublishingPublished March 17, 2020Review www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Wilde was found living feral in the woods when he was a young boy and has no memory of his past or even his name. He became friends with a boy called David and was then taken into foster care.Many years later he is asked by Davids son to look for for a girl in his class that has gone missing.This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it, especially all the different characters. I will be looking to read more of his books.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Wilde was found living feral in the woods when he was a young boy and has no memory of his past or even his name. He became friends with a boy called David and was then taken into foster care.Many years later he is asked by David’s son to look for for a girl in his class that has gone missing.This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it, especially all the different characters. I will be looking to read more of his books.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest
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  • Andrew Smith
    January 1, 1970
    In 1986 a couple of hikers in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest found a boy who, it seems, had be living wild. He was unschooled and had no memory of life before the the forest. Jump forward thirty-four years and the man that was this boy has grown into an intelligent, educated man who has operated as a private investigator. In fact, Wilde, as hes now known, set up his own company in partnership with his foster-sister some while back. He now lives in portable accommodation in the forest in which In 1986 a couple of hikers in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest found a boy who, it seems, had be living wild. He was unschooled and had no memory of life before the the forest. Jump forward thirty-four years and the man that was this boy has grown into an intelligent, educated man who has operated as a private investigator. In fact, Wilde, as he’s now known, set up his own company in partnership with his foster-sister some while back. He now lives in portable accommodation in the forest in which he was found. He has trouble sleeping in large structures so this existence suits him. Hester Crimstein is a lawyer and a television personality and when she learns from her grandson, Matthew, that a girl in his class has gone missing she turns to Wilde for help. Wilde is known to Hester through his friendship with her late son who was tragically killed in a road accident. Naomi Pine, the missing girl, had been a victim of bullying at the school and Matthew, although not an obvious participant in this, may have been peripherally involved. Soon Wilde’s investigations start to turn up a spider’s web of links and possible motives for Naomi’s disappearance. Before long the whole affair has grown legs and has potential implications for a huge range of people up to and including a politician with aspirations of ascending all the way to the White House. I found this to be a really slow burner and I was something like three-quarters of the way through before I became really interested in the outcome. The the only character fully developed here is Wilde: I bought into his personal story and found that my interest picked up whenever he was centre stage. Hester, Matthew, Naomi and the rest failed to convince me, each being either under-developed or what felt like a caricature of someone we’ve all seen on television or in the popular press. And the story itself really doesn’t pick up any pace until the final section. The denouement, when it comes, tidies up all the loose ends a little too neatly, somewhat in the style of a made for television movie. I’ve read better books from this author and though I never felt I wasn’t going to complete reading the whole story I wasn’t champing at the bit to pick it up again at any stage – except when it was edging close to it’s climactic ending. There’s a lot going on here and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one made into a film at some point, but it won’t be my favourite mystery of the year.My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    3.5.The Boy from the Woods sees Hester Crimstein returning to Westville, New Jersey, the township where she raised her family. Fans of Harlan Coben's work will likely be familiar with the character, who has featured in (I count six) of his previous books as a shrewd, sarcastic, tough but fair Criminal Litigator. And she's still all those things in this one, but the plot delves into Hester's personal life, and past, and we are shown a softer more vulnerable side to her. Now seventy, Hester is 3.5.The Boy from the Woods sees Hester Crimstein returning to Westville, New Jersey, the township where she raised her family. Fans of Harlan Coben's work will likely be familiar with the character, who has featured in (I count six) of his previous books as a shrewd, sarcastic, tough but fair Criminal Litigator. And she's still all those things in this one, but the plot delves into Hester's personal life, and past, and we are shown a softer more vulnerable side to her. Now seventy, Hester is widowed, and there's even a romance on the horizon, a subplot that was just delightful. Hester was most definitely the highlight – her witty retorts and comebacks had me in stitches.Hester’s teenage grandson Matthew approaches her on the set of her television show – Crimstein on Crime – to ask for her help. A classmate of his, Naomi Pine, has been absent from school for a week, and Matthew is worried about her, but is cagey about why. It soon comes to light that Naomi has been the victim of severe long-term bullying and hazing by the popular kids. Has she run away, or has something more sinister befallen her? Hester enlists the expertise of Wilde, her son's best friend growing up. Known as The Boy From the Woods, Wilde has no past prior to being found living in the State Forest near Westerville over thirty years ago – estimated age at the time six to eight. Just as Hester and Wilde are getting closer to the truth of Naomi's disappearance another student goes missing.With the exception of Hester, I have to say that Coben's latest installment wasn't my favourite. Too political rather than domestic for my tastes, and pissing contests, and punch-ups, between security firms don't really float my boat. Wilde was enjoyable, and the author's exceptional use of his dialogue helped me like him, but the character is a complete cliché - you'll see what I mean. Twists wise, there were some unexpected surprises, but the plot wasn't as complicated and compelling as normal. Since the author's known for his recurring characters, I'm guessing Wilde will return at some point? I'm happy to read more about him, but here's hoping the crime is more interesting.Some plot elements from Run Away (his novel from last year that I preferred over this one) made a cameo appearance, but didn't spoil anything, so it's safe to read this one beforehand, if you like the sound of this one better. I read this over a day and couldn't put it down, so even though it's not his best effort, The Boy from the Woods still held my attention.I'd like to thank Netgalley, Random House UK – Cornerstone, and Harlan Coben for the e-ARC.Publication Date: 19th March, 2020.
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  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    January 1, 1970
    The Boy From the Woods by Harlan CobenFiction. Shown as thriller but Im going to say mystery. Thriller to me is edge of your seat reading. While this was really good, it wasnt worrying or fully suspense filled. Compelling, yes. A few twists and likable characters. Ultimately an engaging read.I received a copy of this book from the the publisher. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan CobenFiction. Shown as thriller but I’m going to say mystery. Thriller to me is “edge of your seat reading”. While this was really good, it wasn’t worrying or fully suspense filled. Compelling, yes. A few twists and likable characters. Ultimately an engaging read.I received a copy of this book from the the publisher.
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis is my second Coben novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its on the lighter side of the mystery/suspense genre, but the writing makes it so you want to keep turning pages. I loved Wilde and how intertwined Coben was able to make every characters story in such a short amount of time. There were some good twists along the way as well.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review. 3.5 StarsThis is my second Coben novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s on the lighter side of the mystery/suspense genre, but the writing makes it so you want to keep turning pages. I loved Wilde and how intertwined Coben was able to make every character’s story in such a short amount of time. There were some good twists along the way as well.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    The Boy From The Woods may be my favourite Coben novel yet and thats saying something because Im a huge fan. Nobody writes twisty thrillers with brilliant characters quite like this author- for whatever reason I engaged even more with this one, likely down to its two main protagonists Wilde and Hester.The story itself is pacy, addictive and very intelligent- something Ive come to expect when picking one of these up and I have yet to be disappointed. The Boy From The Woods fairly rocks along, The Boy From The Woods may be my favourite Coben novel yet and that’s saying something because I’m a huge fan. Nobody writes twisty thrillers with brilliant characters quite like this author- for whatever reason I engaged even more with this one, likely down to its two main protagonists Wilde and Hester.The story itself is pacy, addictive and very intelligent- something I’ve come to expect when picking one of these up and I have yet to be disappointed. The Boy From The Woods fairly rocks along, totally unpredictable and ultimately hugely satisfying. There’s absolutely more to come from Wilde and I’m happily anticipating what may come next…However this is also a contained story with characters you root for and ones you’d like to stab in the eye with a pencil (just me? Ok then..) and I barely drew breath first page to last, never quite sure where it was heading but dying to find out. Harlan Coban always works with the grey area of morality and the yin yang between Wilde and Hester is pitch perfect.A clever, involving plot and a right old page turner. What more can you ask for?Highly Recommended.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I may be the most novice Harlan Coben fan on Goodreads because I only started reading his books last year, starting with his 2019 release, Run Away. After being given the opportunity to read Coben's upcoming, The Boy from the Woods , I knew I needed to hurry up and read it! Typical with what I hear is the formula for Coben's stories, this book continues a slow-pacing multidimensional mystery where it starts off small and then ventures off into a variety of conflicts. Naomi Pine is missing. A I may be the most novice Harlan Coben fan on Goodreads because I only started reading his books last year, starting with his 2019 release, Run Away. After being given the opportunity to read Coben's upcoming, The Boy from the Woods , I knew I needed to hurry up and read it! Typical with what I hear is the formula for Coben's stories, this book continues a slow-pacing multidimensional mystery where it starts off small and then ventures off into a variety of conflicts. Naomi Pine is missing. A student at her school, Matthew grows concerned and asks his grandmother Hester Crimstein to help find her. Hester is a famous television defense attorney and has resources to find her. Hester enlists the help from friend Wilde. Wilde is known by the town as "the boy from the woods" as he was randomly discovered as a child living in the nearby forest. Wilde's unconventional tactics prove to help, but now there's an even bigger discovery—money, power, politics, and a world of crime is hidden underneath the façade of this sleepy suburb. I think The Boy from the Woods was...nice. It was not my favorite book by any means, but the mystery is solid and the ending is fantastic. I felt at times that the book ventured into unbelievable realms that I had to just ignore and I also struggled with the characters. I really didn't like anyone and it proved to be difficult reading about people that I didn't care about. Overall, I'm happy I read The Boy from the Woods , but I will be more hesitant reading Harlan Coben's future work.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and fast paced thriller with intriguing characters, The Boy From The Woods was a wild ride! There were many different side stories that kept me perplexed and riveted to the pages. The climax got a little muddled but overall, this was a fun read that I couldnt put down. One of the storylines was left unanswered so Im hoping that this is the start of a fantastic new series! I enjoyed the characters and the relationships that were forged. The writing is well executed and the author did a A fun and fast paced thriller with intriguing characters, The Boy From The Woods was a wild ride! There were many different side stories that kept me perplexed and riveted to the pages. The climax got a little muddled but overall, this was a fun read that I couldn’t put down. One of the storylines was left unanswered so I’m hoping that this is the start of a fantastic new series! I enjoyed the characters and the relationships that were forged. The writing is well executed and the author did a fabulous job ramping up the anticipation! 4⭐️ Thank you to @grandcentralpub for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a standalone novel by author Harlan Coben.I have read many books by this author and loved most of them especially the Myron Bolitar series but recently I have found some of his books hit or miss. This unfortunately was not a hit although I can see there are many positive reviews. There were certainly some high points but for me not the normal high standard I expect from one of my favourite authors.Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods. Everyone knows him as This is a standalone novel by author Harlan Coben.I have read many books by this author and loved most of them especially the Myron Bolitar series but recently I have found some of his books hit or miss. This unfortunately was not a hit although I can see there are many positive reviews. There were certainly some high points but for me not the normal high standard I expect from one of my favourite authors.Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods. Everyone knows him as Wilde as he has no memory of how he got there and no knowledge of who he is. He is now a security expert, left alone by the local community and only contacted when they need him.When a child goes missing nobody appears to be concerned except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein. She contacts Wilde and asks him to use his skills to find the girl. With no sign of the missing girl the attention escalates when a human finger arrives in the mail.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Random House UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Any normal Harlan Coben fan does exactly what I did when I received this early copy-I started reading it as soon as I pulled it out of the mailer! Cue the roller coaster track sound as I start turning pages bc thats the thrilling ride this book is! Lots of moments that had me squirming in my seat wondering if I should just pace the floor as I read. The story of Wilde, Naomi, Hester and Oren makes for a complicated plot that you are just absorbed into. I love Hester and wonder if anyone else Any normal Harlan Coben fan does exactly what I did when I received this early copy-I started reading it as soon as I pulled it out of the mailer! Cue the roller coaster track sound as I start turning pages bc that’s the thrilling ride this book is! Lots of moments that had me squirming in my seat wondering if I should just pace the floor as I read. The story of Wilde, Naomi, Hester and Oren makes for a complicated plot that you are just absorbed into. I love Hester and wonder if anyone else pictures here as Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law bc that is spot on how I see it in my head! Definitely in my top 5 of HC books and I can’t thank him enough for this early signed edition for review!
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was fantastic! I have been a Harlan Coben fan for a very long time. Since finding his work, I have worked my way through his backlist and always eagerly await each new release. I was really excited to start reading this book and had pretty high expectations. Coben did not disappoint! I found this to be quite the page-turner and was completely entertained until the final page.This book is a stand-alone but readers who are This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was fantastic! I have been a Harlan Coben fan for a very long time. Since finding his work, I have worked my way through his backlist and always eagerly await each new release. I was really excited to start reading this book and had pretty high expectations. Coben did not disappoint! I found this to be quite the page-turner and was completely entertained until the final page.This book is a stand-alone but readers who are familiar with Coben's books will recognize one of the key characters, Hester Crimstein. I was delighted to see Hester step into the spotlight. She has been a great character that would show up for a scene or two in various other books but she really shined in one of the leading roles in this book. There were a few nods to other books and characters that Coben fans will appreciate as well. Hester is a criminal attorney who is well known as a result of her television show. When her grandson asks her to look into the disappearance of his classmate, Naomi Pine. Hester enlists the help of a man she has known since he was found in the woods as a boy, Wilde. Wilde knows the woods like no one else and tends to look at things in a unique manner and quickly finds himself very involved in the things going on in his small town.I found this book to be quite exciting. There were several different threads that wove their way throughout the story and I enjoyed seeing how everything fit together. I love the way that Coben is able to keep me guessing until the very end and this book was no exception. I do have to say that a couple of things felt a little too convenient but that would be my only complaint and it is very minor. I would highly recommend this book to others. I had a great time with this book. I thought that the characters were well done, the mystery was captivating, and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. I cannot wait to read more of Coben's work and hope to see more of Hester and Wilde in future books.I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing.Initial ThoughtsI had a great time with this book. I loved seeing Hester step into a leading role and appreciated the nods to both Win and Myron. Wilde is a great character and I liked his approach to this case. There were several things going on at any given time in this book and I couldn't wait to see how things would work out in the end. This was a very enjoyable read and the only reason I am not giving it that fifth star is the fact that things got just a little too convenient at the end.
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    It's no secret that I'm a fan of Harlan Coben. His action packed thrillers are a cut above and are right up my street. The Boy From the Woods is a solid, well written thriller that I enjoyed but if I didn't know it was written by HC, I would have never guessed it. The storyline centres around a disappearance of two teenagers, one is a bullied girl with no friends and the other one is the most popular boy in school with powerful parents. Their disappearance seems to be linked, but when the boy's It's no secret that I'm a fan of Harlan Coben. His action packed thrillers are a cut above and are right up my street. The Boy From the Woods is a solid, well written thriller that I enjoyed but if I didn't know it was written by HC, I would have never guessed it. The storyline centres around a disappearance of two teenagers, one is a bullied girl with no friends and the other one is the most popular boy in school with powerful parents. Their disappearance seems to be linked, but when the boy's parents receive a ransom note, it is clear he's been kidnapped. Wilde, a man who survived as a child in the wilderness on his own for years gets involved to solve the mystery. I found that the book lacked the usual suspense and heart racing moments so typical of HC's books. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh with my 3 star rating but this author has set the bar very high.Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy in exchange for an honest review. Side note:I haven't been feeling well in the last few weeks and I've been struggling to concentrate on reading 😔 It took me a month to finish this book and this is Harlan Coben we are talking about! Fingers crossed I can get back to reading soon, I miss GR and my friends 💕 
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thirty years ago, a feral child around 8 years old was found in the Ramapo mountain state forest. With no name or how he got there. Years late now grown up now named Wilde. He is an ex-soldier and security expert, now Private Investigator He is shunned by the town and the community and he lives in a kind of caravan in the woods. One day he is asked to investigate a missing child Naomi Pine. Others dont take Naomi seriously as she has run away previously except for Hester Crimstein. A 70-year-old Thirty years ago, a feral child around 8 years old was found in the Ramapo mountain state forest. With no name or how he got there. Years late now grown up now named Wilde. He is an ex-soldier and security expert, now Private Investigator He is shunned by the town and the community and he lives in a kind of caravan in the woods. One day he is asked to investigate a missing child Naomi Pine. Others don’t take Naomi seriously as she has run away previously except for Hester Crimstein. A 70-year-old woman and local TV presenter. Whose grandson Matthew has asked to find her. But there is something he is not saying. Naomi is a girl that constantly gets bullied by her peers. So, Wilde is on the trail to find her when another child has gone missing popular rich kid Crash Maynard.The boy from the woods by Harlan Coben is my first book that I have read from this author and I can’t wait to seek out more of his books. This is action packed, fast paced thriller. I liked the storyline very much and found it quite unique to other thrillers that I have read. 4 stars from me.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    Harlan Coben is a favorite author for reliably good Mystery / Thrillers so his latest, The Boy From The Woods was a must read. It did not disappoint. We first learn the story of Wilde. In 1986, a boy between six and eight years old is found living feral in New Jerseys Ramapo Mountains. Incredibly smart, it is believed that he taught himself language by breaking into homes and watching television. Now a grown man, after being a military operative, Wilde is living on the fringe of society. He is Harlan Coben is a favorite author for reliably good Mystery / Thrillers so his latest, The Boy From The Woods was a must read. It did not disappoint. We first learn the story of Wilde. In 1986, a boy between six and eight years old is found living feral in New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountains. Incredibly smart, it is believed that he taught himself language by breaking into homes and watching television. Now a grown man, after being a military operative, Wilde is living on the fringe of society. He is asked by his godson Mathew to help in the disappearance of a teenager girl who is being bullied – he agrees, as he can relate to outcasts. We also learn more about one of her tormentors – a rich, popular boy. In typical Coben fashion, we are treated to non-stop action with an interesting plot and several subplots, good twists and turns and a memorable cast of characters. In addition to Wilde, you will surely enjoy the character of Hester Crimstein, Mathew’s grandmother. A high powered lawyer and television personality who we’ve met before in other Coben books but now we learn her backstory.Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Harlen Coben for an advance copy of this enjoyable book which will be published on March 17, 2020. It’s great to have a new Coben book to inhale. And lucky for us, Coben is all over Netflix so we never have to be apart.Review to be posted soon to www.MicheleReader.com
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This is an entertaining story from a skilled writer that moves at a fast pace. Hester is a famous defense lawyer with a TV show when she gets a call from her grandson, Matthew. He has a classmate that has not been to school for five days and no one has reported her missing, not her school or her parents. She is the object of bullying and he is worried about her. Hester agrees to help and calls her deceased son's (Matthew's father) best friend, Wilde for help. Wilde has an unique story. He was This is an entertaining story from a skilled writer that moves at a fast pace. Hester is a famous defense lawyer with a TV show when she gets a call from her grandson, Matthew. He has a classmate that has not been to school for five days and no one has reported her missing, not her school or her parents. She is the object of bullying and he is worried about her. Hester agrees to help and calls her deceased son's (Matthew's father) best friend, Wilde for help. Wilde has an unique story. He was found living in the wilds by himself when he was about 6-8. No family for him was ever found. Another classmate goes missing. This is the popular boy at school whose parents are rich. They are producers of TV shows including one of a current presidential candidate. People are screaming for them to release the old tapes of the candidate to see if there is anything inappropriate. These two disappearances collide in ways that cause ripples that effect everyone involved. This is a good mystery that keeps your attention the entire book. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Lisa Mancini
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite Harlan Coben book so far. I am happy to read an adult woman protagonist who is older, seasoned and fierce. Women readers will easily identify with Hester. She made this book my favorite HC novel. The story centers on two characters, both children. One, Naomi Pine is bullied at school relentlessly and the other appropriately named Wilde is a former feral child who grows up and becomes a military specialist and investigator. Naomi, like Wilde has no advocate and faces their This is my favorite Harlan Coben book so far. I am happy to read an adult woman protagonist who is older, seasoned and fierce. Women readers will easily identify with Hester. She made this book my favorite HC novel. The story centers on two characters, both children. One, Naomi Pine is bullied at school relentlessly and the other appropriately named Wilde is a former feral child who grows up and becomes a military specialist and investigator. Naomi, like Wilde has no advocate and faces their burden alone. I especially liked the way Coben portrayed Naomi and her horrible school bullying. I think Coben has an excellent insight into the feelings and motivations of the young. He describes the bullies and the clueless teachers so accurately it brought me back to my old private school days. Like Naomi, I was singled out and dealt with it alone and without the aid of teachers. Coben uses that story line as a metaphor for the bullies in our society and American government. The chief bully reminded me of Donald Trump, our very own Bully in Chief.The other theme is the same one Coben uses throughout his novels- the rich have power and use it to cover up their secrets. Coben always has at least one loner in his books and Wilde is that loner. Coben empathizes with loners in a way that makes the reader think that Coben himself is a loner. The best writers are loners.
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  • Laura Peden
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up. Harlan Coben does it again! His books are always witty, fast paced and full of colorful characters and this one is no exception. His plots/mysteries are a bit over-the-top but in the best way possible. He also brought back Steven Weber as narrator & he always does a fantastic job with Cobens work. Highly recommend! 4.5 stars rounded up. Harlan Coben does it again! His books are always witty, fast paced and full of colorful characters and this one is no exception. His plots/mysteries are a bit over-the-top but in the best way possible. He also brought back Steven Weber as narrator & he always does a fantastic job with Coben’s work. Highly recommend!
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