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.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
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