Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

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 by Harlan Coben
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The news of a new Harlan Coben book is news to celebrate! Some of my favorite books are penned by Mr. Coben! So, when I received this lovely finished copy of The Boy from the Woods, most graciously from Grand Central Publishing, there was, indeed, some revelry going on, complete with indelicate squealing and awkward happy dancing. 💃 I. Am. Not. Ashamed. 💃

The Boy from the Woods is one heck of a suspenseful thriller with every plot twist well thought out and perfectly placed, making it a compelling and engaging read that was hard to put down. I cannot express how delighted I was to see Hester Crimstein get the role she deserves! She is a sassy 70-year-old criminal attorney who is one of my favorite characters. When Hester’s teenage grandson, Matthew asks her to look into a terribly bullied girl he believes is missing or in danger. Hester enlists the aid of Wilde, aptly named because 30 years ago he was discovered as a child living ‘wild’ in the woods fending for himself. Hester’s now deceased son, David befriended Wilde while he was still living in the woods and they remained best friends until David’s untimely death. Wilde is now Matthews Godfather and somewhat of a loner who prefers the comfort of the woods. As he and Hester delve into the mystery of the missing girl, Naomi Pine, they discover there’s much more happening behind the scenes and a whole cast of characters that have something to hide.

The Boy from the Woods is absolutely brilliant and entertaining, a page turner from cover to cover! I highly recommend!

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