The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben | Review

The Boy from the Woods| Harlan Coben | Grand Central PublishingPub: March 17, 2020 | Pages: 371

I love Harlan Coben! He’s the first author that made me fall back in love with reading again when I was a teen! So I always have high hopes going into a Harlan Coben book! This one wasn’t my favorite of his, but it was still a really good mystery!

I ended up listening to the audiobook version of this book, so many that could be a reason for the lower score, but in general, I just thought this book was very slow-burning, which probably decreased my rating.

In this book, what begins as a missing person investigation quickly becomes much more. Politics, power, romance, bullying, family, loss, and the impact of secrets, and society are all included in this novel. Coben creates a large cast of characters, each with their own personality and voice.

I did really like Wilde’s character and would probably love a series revolving around him!

What sold me on this book was the ending! Such a wild (see what I did there) ride! If you want a very well-written, entertaining and gripping read, this one is for you! Highly recommend!


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


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