At a Glance
Title: The Boy from the Woods
Author: Harlan Coben
Published: March 17 by Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 4.07 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★★
This was my very first Harlan Coben book. I have another one of his books that has been sitting on my shelf for a year and I have just not brought myself to read it. I will definitely be moving it up the list now that I’ve finished The Boy From the Woods.
Our story focuses on a missing teenage girl, Naomi. When one of her classmates, Matthew, starts to worry about her he gets his hotshot Lawyer Grandma to look into the case. Hester, Matthew’s Grandmother along with Matthew’s Godfather Wilde, found that the girl really isn’t missing at all. But when she disappears again a week later, and then Crush, the most popular boy in school also disappears, things start to get out of hand.
First off the story line is fabulous for this book. I flew through the chapters without even realizing how long I had been reading for. The language is clear, not flowy, but with just enough description to make it easy to visual everything. This is definitely more a mystery than thriller but I still loved the entire story.
Character wise, Coben has developed some really great characters. Even the most minor characters have distinct personality traits. Hester and Wilde, being two of the main characters are my favorite. Hester’s no nonsense personality mixed with Wilde’s quite and soft demeanor were a perfect mix. I also really enjoyed the back stories that tied all of the characters together.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t see the ending coming and it posed some good questions, who’s place is it to determine what is right and wrong? This book is out now! You can get your copy HERE!
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About the Author
With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.
Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – and he has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. His novel TELL NO ONE has been turned into a hit French film of the same name. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications.
Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.
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