Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben – Book Review


A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller by Harlan Coben

The Plot

A high school girl who was relentlessly bullied, disappears. No one seems to take it seriously, but a classmate is worried. When Matthew asks his grandmother (the well-known television criminal attorney, Hester Crimstein) for help in finding her, Hester asks Wilde to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past, not even that of his name. But his unique tracking abilities and knowledge of the woods give him an advantage in looking for Naomi.

To do this, Wilde must also go back into the community where he has never fit in and confront the powerful whose wealth and fame protect them even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions.  Wilde must uncover these secrets before it is too late.

A Few of the Many Outstanding Reviews of The Boy From the Woods

"The Boy from the Woods  is as much an action as a psychological thriller, as much a riveting read as a superb character study in which Coben challenges himself by taking his story outside his suburban comfort zone. A must-read for any mystery or thriller fan."―Providence Journal

"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 

"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

My Opinion

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The character study is one of the most fascinating Coben has ever come up with. And the ending was a complete surprise. I recommend The Boy From The Woods to all who love suspense, thrillers and mystery. 

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*Book Review of The Boy From the Woods written by 

Wednesday Elf

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  1. Thanks for an interesting review. I love surprise endings and character studies so sounds like a book I'd like.

    1. I've been a fan of Harlan Coben for years, Mary Beth, and he never disappoints. He has a knack for making his characters come alive.

  2. I find the reality that a few powerful people, protected by their wealth and fame, can "harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions" very frightening. I certainly would not want to be the person who drew their sights on me. This certainly sounds like a fabulous thriller that could make all of us shake a little in our boots. Glad it is fiction! It is fiction, right?!!! :)

    1. THIS story is fiction, Mouse, but I do believe some powerful people DO know & do things we wish they wouldn't.

  3. I will definitely check this out. Sounds very compelling. Thanks for recommendation.

    1. I think you'd like it, Diana. It is very compelling.

  4. That does it, now I have to read this book too! I just finished "WIN" by the same author and loved it. On to that famous "Must read soon" list this one will go. It's only going on that list because I have 3 other books queue up and two of those open. Do I need to sleep? No I think I'll read instead. Thanks for this recommendation Pat, I'm sure sleep patterns will suffer, but that's okay!

    1. Olivia, I don't think I have been disappointed ever with a Harlan Coben thriller. A new Coben book is always better than sleep. LOL. Hope you enjoy it as much as you did reading WIN.

  5. This sounds like a fascinating, wonderfully crafted psychological thriller that any fan of the genre would enjoy!

    1. Harlan Coben books are always enjoyable to read, Margaret, if one is a fan of this genre, as you say. Coben is one of the best authors in this field.

  6. It sounds like a great book. But will it give me nightmares or just keep me guessing? Some kinds of suspense aren't good for me, especially if they have really violent scenes. Would this one be safe for me?

  7. This book sounds like it has a compelling story line with good characters and I do enjoy a surprise ending!Thank you for this recommendation

  8. When I saw this title, I remember hearing about this book before, or seeing it - I wonder if Mom has this one - I'll be sure to get her this book if not. Thanks for the introduction.


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