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  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Well, well, well, as I live and breathe Hester Crimstein in my little station Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work Sure, you can jump right in to most of his fictiWell, well, well, as I live and breathe Hester Crimstein in my little station Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work Sure, you can jump right in to most of his fictional pieces and get by just fine, but once you ve experienced a few of his stories, you start to find the hidden gems, cross references, and golden nuggets that he leaves behind for those who wish to go deeper What King does for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Harlan Coben does for crime fiction Did you happen to read Run Away earlier this year If so, you ll find out early on that the events of The Boy from the Woods happen tangentially to what Simon Greene experiences in Run Away Don t worry if you haven t read it there are no spoilers for that plot in this book, and you could still go back and read Run Away after finishing this one, as they are two separate entities However, this is just an example of the easter eggs you ll find throughout if you re a dedicated fanclears throatinsert Hester CrimsteinIf you re new around here, let me catch you up to speed Hester is a 70 something year old defense attorney who is a little bit of this And a whole lotta this Basically, she s one of my favorite fictional characters of all time She s got style, she s got class, and she s a teeny tiny woman who s a great big smart ass Each and every time she has shown up in one of the author s books as a supporting character, I ve longed for an in depth peek into her story Finally, it s here I won t say too much, other than this was everything I have been waiting for over the past 12 years of reading Coben s novels Also, Hester getting a romance will fix everything that is wrong in the world, I assure you The reason Hester is a central character in this book is because her grandson, Matthew, is tangled up in something he shouldn t have been teenagers, amirightThere is another aspect of the story that is described in the synopsis, and I don t want to mention it here specifically, but it s worth stating that it kept my focus in a different place which, in turn, helped keep most of the twists and turns a surprise As a reader, I ve always found that the very best thrillers are equal parts gripping plot progression and in depth character development Harlan Coben manages to balance action scenes with emotional connections as a perfected art form, which is why he has become one of my most trusted go to authors of the past decade Perhaps being a long time fan allowed me to appreciate every instance of crossover characters, every exclamation of Articulate when a phone was answered, and every familiar setting that I ve grown exceptionally fond of between NJ and NYC, but I believe The Boy from the Woods stands on its own as a memorable thriller I enjoyed every minute I spent with this book, and I hope to meet Hester, Oren, and a few other characters in future endeavorsMany thanks to the author for providing my review copy.


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    Life isn t lived in the black and white, Wilde People like to think so nowadays All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad But life is lived in the gray Life is lived in the nuancesAction wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben Lots was going on at all times Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged But where this differed from Coben s most recent book Run Away and the now almoLife isn t lived in the black and white, Wilde People like to think so nowadays All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad But life is lived in the gray Life is lived in the nuancesAction wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben Lots was going on at all times Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged But where this differed from Coben s most recent book Run Away and the now almost classic Tell No One is that The Boy from the Woods had no strong emotional pull for me.I ve said this before, but I am an emotional reader I love to connect with characters, share their experiences, and become deeply invested in what will happen to them In this book, that never really happens I think this may be because the two characters we follow Hester and Wilde had no real emotional attachment to the main mystery that of a missing girl and the missing son of local billionaires And on top of that, the girl s parents do not seem to give much of a damn where she is and the rich boy s parents seeminterested in protecting their own secrets.Because of this, I never felt emotionally drawn into the story It never got my pulse racing as I wondered if these poor kids would be found I experiencedof a mild curiosity about them, not that all consuming need to know what would happen.The book does tie well into current U.S events and politics There s a guy called Rusty Eggers running for president and he s a little bit of Trump, a little bit of Weinstein essentially, a powerful man with powerful connections and maybe a lot to hide Political secrets and cover ups abound Coben plays around with a number of subplots that feel like distractions because, well, they are If you ignore them and look underneath to the bare bones of this book, it is very easy to figure out who is behind the kidnapping Though, credit where it s due Coben lays out one twist after another in the final few chapters and I m sure even the most astute readers will have a hard time spotting everything that is coming I certainly didn t.Of the two main perspectives the story is told from, Hester was undoubtedly the star for me She s a badass, seventy year old lawyer who takes shit from no one Wilde, unfortunately, was nowhere near as interesting as I thought he might be He is the boy from the blurb who was found in the woods as a young child and remembers nothing from before that His circumstances and mysterious history are intriguing, but he himself felt a little flat I far preferred Hester s chapters.The Boy from the Woods is definitely not a bad read for those who enjoy action, thrills, and some politics thrown in too But I will always prefer books that I become emotionally invested in over lots of mindless action.Facebook Instagram


  3. Meredith Meredith says:

    The Boy From the Woods is an action packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secretsThe plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace She is the school pariah Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well This is where things getcomplicated There s a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers Lies unravel and secrets are revealed Conspiracy theories, a ransom The Boy From the Woods is an action packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secretsThe plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace She is the school pariah Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well This is where things getcomplicated There s a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers Lies unravel and secrets are revealed Conspiracy theories, a ransom note, and a lot of drama play into the outcome of events Two main characters solve the case The boy from the woods, Wilde, and lawyer, Hester Crimstein.Wilde was found as a little boy living in the woods by himself The mystery of how he came to be living on his own in the woods has never been solved He has no recollection of his parents, the only thing he remembers are parts of dreams He is now an adult, former army intelligence, drop dead gorgeous and to top it off, he happens to be a genius Haunted by his past, he is damaged and reckless, but of course, he has a huge heart All of the women want him He is a bit of a giant cliche Then there is Hester, a 70 year old kick ass lawyer who made an appearance in The Runaway. I loved her character she is intelligent, feisty and posses the ability to slay people with her words She made this book for me.I would compare reading this book to watching an action movie the characters are mysterious and charismatic, and the plot is intriguing until one starts to think and ask questions It s all a little too unbelievable, but it makes for good entertainment.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  4. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This is whirlwind, complex, action packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour Including Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a man s stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesn t drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish th This is whirlwind, complex, action packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour Including Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a man s stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesn t drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish the remarkable puzzle.We re introduced another mysterious character named Wilde That s why they call him anyways because decades ago he was found in the woods, trying to survive by himself, suffering from night terrors and a memory of auburn haired beautiful woman could she be his mom We have no clue His only friend was David who died in a car accident that he was driving that car He stayed connected with David s family including his mother Hester Crimstein who is kickass lawyer and famous TV personality, his grandson Malcolm and he s having a secret affair with David s wife.But he likes to be distanced from people, live in a Ecocapsule house reminded us of a sc ifi project , suffering from OCD, foster cared, having a sister he can call for urgent times, excelled in his studies, worked at special secret missions at the military and now he s working as a private detective.After a long introduction about our character, let s move on the plot Malcolm tells Hester a girl from his school named Naomi is absent and he worries about her well being He is tight lipped at first but Hester realizes the girl is outcast, got bullied at school and her father is heavy drinker So Hester decides to check on her by visiting their house and Naomi s father denies her absence Something seems fishy So Hester calls Wilde to help her Everything starts with missing girl story who is being bullied by powerful, elite, popular school boys Wilde finds out the girl was hiding in the basement They easily connect because Wilde knows well how to be outcast and to survive in the real and metaphorical jungle.But a few days later, the girl really disappears and this time, her father wants to hire Wilde to find her And a kidnapper sends human fingers Yes I have to stop here You want to ask me to articulate This is the signature way of Hester s answering her calls which I already start to answer like her but my lips are sealed Nobeans will come out I don t like beans anyways This is fast, action packed, smart, entertaining reading with Mr Coben s talented, sarcastic story telling skills And we have cameo of Simon from Run Away Hester also mentioned my favorite Harlan Coben character Myron Bolitar She didn t call his name She mentioned him as a star basketball player friend And Malcolm and Crash talked about their favorite drink yoohoo Myron s favorite drink I know Wilde s open ended story makes you think, we already said goodbye to him But I m not so sure I think we gotta prepare ourselves to readWilde series because after my Myron Bolitar obsession, I think the author gave us a unique, layered, mysterious and charming Tarzan meets young Marc Singer from Beastmaster kind of Alpha male character So I m looking forward to readand learn about his secret past I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars I enjoyed the action packed, exciting, moving development and captivating pacing The only problem is there are too many materials in this book to write three differentbooks So many plots and subplots, crowded characterization exhaust our brains I already lost fivecells which were fried after reading those exciting but also complex chapters but I have to admit, the author connected each piece of the puzzle meticulously At least there are no plot holes or illogical explanation or nonsense revelation I wish we learnedabout the background of Wilde but the author has big plans about him I can sense it Let s give 4.5 and round them up to 5 and waiting for the next chapter bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  5. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Harlan Coben s novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6 8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from No one ever claimed him or came forward with informat Harlan Coben s novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6 8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from No one ever claimed him or came forward with information on who he might possibly be, placed with foster parents, who excelled at school, joined the military, taking part in numerous secret missions, only to leave to work in the private security and investigations sector His past has made him a loner, with a non negotiable need to spend time in the woods where he now lives, and unsurprisingly he has issues when it comes to intimacy and connecting with others.Naomi Pine is a school girl having to endure never ending intensive daily bullying and abuse that the teaching staff never confront, until one day she disappears Matthew never challenged the bullies but he is worried when she no longer attends school, so much so that he asks his grandmother to investigate His grandmother just happens to be the larger than life character, the 70 year old widow Hester Crimstein, a famous TV lawyer with some great one liners, still grieving the loss of her son, David, and romantically drawn to Westville Police Chief, Oren Carmichael One of the main instigators of Naomi s bullying is the entitled rich kid, Crash, the child of the famous Dash and Delia Maynard Aside from Wilde, there are two other major ex military men in the story, one in charge of security for the Maynards and there is Saul Strauss, now an activist lobbying for Dash Maynard to release incriminating secret tapes of Rusty Eggers, a divisive politician campaigning to become president As Crash is abducted, Wilde is hired to find him whilst searching for Naomi as well.This is a powerful thriller that reflects many strands of contemporary American politics, the deplorable controversial tactics deployed to obscure issues and prevent the truth having any impact, the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful that they will do anything to stop becoming public The star highlight is the indomitable and colourful Hester, finally beginning to get over the loss of her husband, Ira, close to Wilde since he was a child and a friend of her beloved son, David She dominates any scene she is a part of, a true believer in upholding the law, even when it doesn t work Coben s touches on issues of the nature of contemporary politics, the influence of the rich and powerful and on ethics, integrity and morality I love this twisted thriller, where little is as it appears, with the slow and expert reveals in a compulsive and riveting narrative Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC


  6. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    Decades ago, A boy is found living in the woods, with no memory of his past Even after an exhaustive search, the child s family is never found and he is turned over to a foster family Years later, the same man, whose past is shrouded in mystery, must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community On the face of it, this is a nice, fast paced thriller with an exciting plot and some intriguing characters However, there are too many Decades ago, A boy is found living in the woods, with no memory of his past Even after an exhaustive search, the child s family is never found and he is turned over to a foster family Years later, the same man, whose past is shrouded in mystery, must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community On the face of it, this is a nice, fast paced thriller with an exciting plot and some intriguing characters However, there are too many things going on in the story Though the title suggests, it s centered on The Boy from the Woods , he is just a small part of the plot The boy from the woods does play a role in this book but he is not the primary focus of the story line First the good parts The story is well structured, has some great characters and has lots of twists and turns Wilde was an enjoyable character with an aura of mystery and some crisp dialogues His past is largely unknown and there are questions about his past that never get fully answered However, Wilde is a character that has plenty of charisma and I think he will return in the future withanswers There are a lot of subplots in this book bullying, kidnappings, ransom notes, blackmailing and conspiracy theories, fake news, politics for a while it felt like a thriller version of 13 reasons Then again, there were so many things going on and there is no singular focus on one case The main mystery and Wilde s background story were intriguing but it never plays a key role in the story Except Wilde, none of the supporting characters felt completely convincing Having enjoyed Coben s Tell No One, the story felt disjointed and lacking in thrills There were some unexpected surprises, but some of the parts felt unconvincing Overall, The Boy From the Woods is a solid and fast paced thriller with some intriguing characters It s an entertaining read which will keep you engaged Many thanks to the publishers Random House UK and Netgalley for the ARC


  7. Debra Debra says:

    Wilde was living wild in the woods get it thirty years ago No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He s an adult now, but stillcomfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arm s length Raised in Wilde was living wild in the woods get it thirty years ago No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He s an adult now, but stillcomfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arm s length Raised in foster care, he excelled in school and evenso in the military where he was a member of an elite group taking part in secret missions When his godson asks him to locate a missing girl, Naomi Pine, he knows there isto the story than his godson, Matthew is telling him Soon Wilde begins his investigation and enlists Matthew s Grandmother, TV personality and lawyer, Hester Crimstein, who in my opinion steals the show She is a tough old broad that is also va va voom She seriously is the best, and I am purposely not sayingabout her.Soon, it becomes clear as it always does in this genre that there isgoing on with the various characters in this book than meets the eye Soon, Wilde will be up against those with secrets, those with hired muscle, those who will do anything to uncover those secrets and those who will do anything to keep those secrets hidden Coben does not disappoint in this book, what begins as a missing person investigation quickly turns into so muchThis book touches on politics, power, romance, bullying, quilt, family, loss, the impact of secrets and how social status can either help or hurt a person There are a lot of characters in this book and Coben gives them unique personalities and voices The plot moves at a fast pace as Wilde and others attempt to figure out just what the heck is going on and why.This is another solid book by Coben He delivers time and time again and this book is no exception I found myself engrossed in the book, completely glued to the pages, waiting for the reveal and completely enjoying the book from the very first to the very last page There are so many characters in the book that I just want to see read again Articulate and yes, at some point in the near future I am going to answer my phone this way Well written, well thought out, perfectly paced, captivating and entertaining Highly recommend Thank you to Harlan Coben, goodreads and Grand Central Publishing who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  8. Joey R. Joey R. says:

    I just finished The Boy From the Woods , and I am speechless I really can t believe this was written by the same Harlan Coben that wrote so many books that I loved and gave 5 star reviews To be honest, I can t believe I even finished it, but I wanted to see if it got any better Unfortunately, it didn t The Boy From the Woods begins when teenaged Matthew becomes nervous about a missing classmate and enlists the help of his celebrity lawyer grandmother, Hester, to find her Hester of course I just finished The Boy From the Woods , and I am speechless I really can t believe this was written by the same Harlan Coben that wrote so many books that I loved and gave 5 star reviews To be honest, I can t believe I even finished it, but I wanted to see if it got any better Unfortunately, it didn t The Boy From the Woods begins when teenaged Matthew becomes nervous about a missing classmate and enlists the help of his celebrity lawyer grandmother, Hester, to find her Hester of course calls the Boy From the Woods , Wilde Yes Wilde lol After treating a possible missing teenager as serious as a full scale murder investigation, he finds her and the case is over Right Not so fast she disappears again and Wilde gets involved in finding her again This of course turns into a massive investigation as well that leads to another missing person which leads to a different issue with a well liked Presidential candidate and the secret he is trying to keep hidden If this is your cup of teapower to you, but from beginning to end this had to be one of the most ridiculous plots I have ever read Wilde, who was found abandoned as a child after surviving for weeks months in the woods has almost superhuman abilities to find clues and make deductions that no other human would be able to The ending is so unbelievable that I can t even begin to describe how far the author chooses to go to wrap up the two investigations that coincidentally occurred at the same time Up until now Coben has been one of my favorites He is such a good writer and has the ability to build suspense better than just about anyone However, I hope he retires Wilde after this one and leaves him in the woods where he lives happily ever after, and I never have to read about him again


  9. Kylie D Kylie D says:

    The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben s best The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non existent and I was never riveted in any way It s a shame as I ve always found Coben t The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben s best The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non existent and I was never riveted in any way It s a shame as I ve always found Coben to be a must read, however this book misses the mark.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  10. Larry H Larry H says:

    4.5 stars.With Harlan Coben s new book, The Boy from the Woods , the master delivers another twisty thriller full of secrets Thirty years ago a young boy was found living in the woods It appeared he had been there for some time, but apart from some emotional trauma stemming from memories he can t parse together, he was mostly fine He befriended a boy who lived nearby, and he tended to break into people s houses to steal food, even watch television.Now an adult who goes by the name Wilde, he 4.5 stars.With Harlan Coben s new book, The Boy from the Woods , the master delivers another twisty thriller full of secrets Thirty years ago a young boy was found living in the woods It appeared he had been there for some time, but apart from some emotional trauma stemming from memories he can t parse together, he was mostly fine He befriended a boy who lived nearby, and he tended to break into people s houses to steal food, even watch television.Now an adult who goes by the name Wilde, he is a highly intelligent former soldier who still lives in the woods, although he has worked as a private investigator When famed criminal attorney Hester Crimstein, the mother of his best friend the boy he met all those years ago , asks him to try and find Naomi, a bullied classmate of her grandson s who has gone missing, it seems like a fairly routine case.But Naomi s disappearance, which no one really seems to care about not even her father , is just the tip of the iceberg Wilde steps into the middle of a high stakes battle of cat and mouse, with betrayals, secrets, and the very fabric of society at risk And all the while he s struggling with whether he wants some insight into his own past.There are a lot of threads to this story, someinteresting than others I ll admit that most of the thread about a potentially dangerous politician looking to tear society apart and manipulate the media hit a little too close to home for me, so my eyes kinda glazed over during those parts.But Harlan Coben knows how to create fascinating characters, and Wilde is one of the best I really hope he returns in another book There is a lot going on here, with lots of twists and turns, including one that I ll admit surprised me, and I couldn t stop reading this book.Coben s last three books, Home, Don t Let Go , and Run Away , are among Coben s best The Boy from the Woods isn t quite at that level, but it s still a book that kept me guessing and reading to the very end.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at


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  • Hardcover
  • 371 pages
  • The Boy from the Woods
  • Harlan Coben
  • English
  • 04 August 2018
  • 1538748142

About the Author: Harlan Coben

With over million books in from the PDF/EPUB ä 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 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world His books are published in languages around the globeCoben 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 The Boy Epub / 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.



10 thoughts on “The Boy from the Woods

  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Well, well, well, as I live and breathe Hester Crimstein in my little station Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work Sure, you can jump right in to most of his fictiWell, well, well, as I live and breathe Hester Crimstein in my little station Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work Sure, you can jump right in to most of his fictional pieces and get by just fine, but once you ve experienced a few of his stories, you start to find the hidden gems, cross references, and golden nuggets that he leaves behind for those who wish to go deeper What King does for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Harlan Coben does for crime fiction Did you happen to read Run Away earlier this year If so, you ll find out early on that the events of The Boy from the Woods happen tangentially to what Simon Greene experiences in Run Away Don t worry if you haven t read it there are no spoilers for that plot in this book, and you could still go back and read Run Away after finishing this one, as they are two separate entities However, this is just an example of the easter eggs you ll find throughout if you re a dedicated fanclears throatinsert Hester CrimsteinIf you re new around here, let me catch you up to speed Hester is a 70 something year old defense attorney who is a little bit of this And a whole lotta this Basically, she s one of my favorite fictional characters of all time She s got style, she s got class, and she s a teeny tiny woman who s a great big smart ass Each and every time she has shown up in one of the author s books as a supporting character, I ve longed for an in depth peek into her story Finally, it s here I won t say too much, other than this was everything I have been waiting for over the past 12 years of reading Coben s novels Also, Hester getting a romance will fix everything that is wrong in the world, I assure you The reason Hester is a central character in this book is because her grandson, Matthew, is tangled up in something he shouldn t have been teenagers, amirightThere is another aspect of the story that is described in the synopsis, and I don t want to mention it here specifically, but it s worth stating that it kept my focus in a different place which, in turn, helped keep most of the twists and turns a surprise As a reader, I ve always found that the very best thrillers are equal parts gripping plot progression and in depth character development Harlan Coben manages to balance action scenes with emotional connections as a perfected art form, which is why he has become one of my most trusted go to authors of the past decade Perhaps being a long time fan allowed me to appreciate every instance of crossover characters, every exclamation of Articulate when a phone was answered, and every familiar setting that I ve grown exceptionally fond of between NJ and NYC, but I believe The Boy from the Woods stands on its own as a memorable thriller I enjoyed every minute I spent with this book, and I hope to meet Hester, Oren, and a few other characters in future endeavorsMany thanks to the author for providing my review copy.


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    Life isn t lived in the black and white, Wilde People like to think so nowadays All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad But life is lived in the gray Life is lived in the nuancesAction wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben Lots was going on at all times Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged But where this differed from Coben s most recent book Run Away and the now almoLife isn t lived in the black and white, Wilde People like to think so nowadays All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad But life is lived in the gray Life is lived in the nuancesAction wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben Lots was going on at all times Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged But where this differed from Coben s most recent book Run Away and the now almost classic Tell No One is that The Boy from the Woods had no strong emotional pull for me.I ve said this before, but I am an emotional reader I love to connect with characters, share their experiences, and become deeply invested in what will happen to them In this book, that never really happens I think this may be because the two characters we follow Hester and Wilde had no real emotional attachment to the main mystery that of a missing girl and the missing son of local billionaires And on top of that, the girl s parents do not seem to give much of a damn where she is and the rich boy s parents seeminterested in protecting their own secrets.Because of this, I never felt emotionally drawn into the story It never got my pulse racing as I wondered if these poor kids would be found I experiencedof a mild curiosity about them, not that all consuming need to know what would happen.The book does tie well into current U.S events and politics There s a guy called Rusty Eggers running for president and he s a little bit of Trump, a little bit of Weinstein essentially, a powerful man with powerful connections and maybe a lot to hide Political secrets and cover ups abound Coben plays around with a number of subplots that feel like distractions because, well, they are If you ignore them and look underneath to the bare bones of this book, it is very easy to figure out who is behind the kidnapping Though, credit where it s due Coben lays out one twist after another in the final few chapters and I m sure even the most astute readers will have a hard time spotting everything that is coming I certainly didn t.Of the two main perspectives the story is told from, Hester was undoubtedly the star for me She s a badass, seventy year old lawyer who takes shit from no one Wilde, unfortunately, was nowhere near as interesting as I thought he might be He is the boy from the blurb who was found in the woods as a young child and remembers nothing from before that His circumstances and mysterious history are intriguing, but he himself felt a little flat I far preferred Hester s chapters.The Boy from the Woods is definitely not a bad read for those who enjoy action, thrills, and some politics thrown in too But I will always prefer books that I become emotionally invested in over lots of mindless action.Facebook Instagram


  3. Meredith Meredith says:

    The Boy From the Woods is an action packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secretsThe plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace She is the school pariah Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well This is where things getcomplicated There s a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers Lies unravel and secrets are revealed Conspiracy theories, a ransom The Boy From the Woods is an action packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secretsThe plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace She is the school pariah Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well This is where things getcomplicated There s a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers Lies unravel and secrets are revealed Conspiracy theories, a ransom note, and a lot of drama play into the outcome of events Two main characters solve the case The boy from the woods, Wilde, and lawyer, Hester Crimstein.Wilde was found as a little boy living in the woods by himself The mystery of how he came to be living on his own in the woods has never been solved He has no recollection of his parents, the only thing he remembers are parts of dreams He is now an adult, former army intelligence, drop dead gorgeous and to top it off, he happens to be a genius Haunted by his past, he is damaged and reckless, but of course, he has a huge heart All of the women want him He is a bit of a giant cliche Then there is Hester, a 70 year old kick ass lawyer who made an appearance in The Runaway. I loved her character she is intelligent, feisty and posses the ability to slay people with her words She made this book for me.I would compare reading this book to watching an action movie the characters are mysterious and charismatic, and the plot is intriguing until one starts to think and ask questions It s all a little too unbelievable, but it makes for good entertainment.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  4. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This is whirlwind, complex, action packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour Including Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a man s stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesn t drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish th This is whirlwind, complex, action packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour Including Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a man s stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesn t drop any of them and we get our answers for each detailed mysterious factors to finish the remarkable puzzle.We re introduced another mysterious character named Wilde That s why they call him anyways because decades ago he was found in the woods, trying to survive by himself, suffering from night terrors and a memory of auburn haired beautiful woman could she be his mom We have no clue His only friend was David who died in a car accident that he was driving that car He stayed connected with David s family including his mother Hester Crimstein who is kickass lawyer and famous TV personality, his grandson Malcolm and he s having a secret affair with David s wife.But he likes to be distanced from people, live in a Ecocapsule house reminded us of a sc ifi project , suffering from OCD, foster cared, having a sister he can call for urgent times, excelled in his studies, worked at special secret missions at the military and now he s working as a private detective.After a long introduction about our character, let s move on the plot Malcolm tells Hester a girl from his school named Naomi is absent and he worries about her well being He is tight lipped at first but Hester realizes the girl is outcast, got bullied at school and her father is heavy drinker So Hester decides to check on her by visiting their house and Naomi s father denies her absence Something seems fishy So Hester calls Wilde to help her Everything starts with missing girl story who is being bullied by powerful, elite, popular school boys Wilde finds out the girl was hiding in the basement They easily connect because Wilde knows well how to be outcast and to survive in the real and metaphorical jungle.But a few days later, the girl really disappears and this time, her father wants to hire Wilde to find her And a kidnapper sends human fingers Yes I have to stop here You want to ask me to articulate This is the signature way of Hester s answering her calls which I already start to answer like her but my lips are sealed Nobeans will come out I don t like beans anyways This is fast, action packed, smart, entertaining reading with Mr Coben s talented, sarcastic story telling skills And we have cameo of Simon from Run Away Hester also mentioned my favorite Harlan Coben character Myron Bolitar She didn t call his name She mentioned him as a star basketball player friend And Malcolm and Crash talked about their favorite drink yoohoo Myron s favorite drink I know Wilde s open ended story makes you think, we already said goodbye to him But I m not so sure I think we gotta prepare ourselves to readWilde series because after my Myron Bolitar obsession, I think the author gave us a unique, layered, mysterious and charming Tarzan meets young Marc Singer from Beastmaster kind of Alpha male character So I m looking forward to readand learn about his secret past I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars I enjoyed the action packed, exciting, moving development and captivating pacing The only problem is there are too many materials in this book to write three differentbooks So many plots and subplots, crowded characterization exhaust our brains I already lost fivecells which were fried after reading those exciting but also complex chapters but I have to admit, the author connected each piece of the puzzle meticulously At least there are no plot holes or illogical explanation or nonsense revelation I wish we learnedabout the background of Wilde but the author has big plans about him I can sense it Let s give 4.5 and round them up to 5 and waiting for the next chapter bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  5. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Harlan Coben s novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6 8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from No one ever claimed him or came forward with informat Harlan Coben s novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6 8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from No one ever claimed him or came forward with information on who he might possibly be, placed with foster parents, who excelled at school, joined the military, taking part in numerous secret missions, only to leave to work in the private security and investigations sector His past has made him a loner, with a non negotiable need to spend time in the woods where he now lives, and unsurprisingly he has issues when it comes to intimacy and connecting with others.Naomi Pine is a school girl having to endure never ending intensive daily bullying and abuse that the teaching staff never confront, until one day she disappears Matthew never challenged the bullies but he is worried when she no longer attends school, so much so that he asks his grandmother to investigate His grandmother just happens to be the larger than life character, the 70 year old widow Hester Crimstein, a famous TV lawyer with some great one liners, still grieving the loss of her son, David, and romantically drawn to Westville Police Chief, Oren Carmichael One of the main instigators of Naomi s bullying is the entitled rich kid, Crash, the child of the famous Dash and Delia Maynard Aside from Wilde, there are two other major ex military men in the story, one in charge of security for the Maynards and there is Saul Strauss, now an activist lobbying for Dash Maynard to release incriminating secret tapes of Rusty Eggers, a divisive politician campaigning to become president As Crash is abducted, Wilde is hired to find him whilst searching for Naomi as well.This is a powerful thriller that reflects many strands of contemporary American politics, the deplorable controversial tactics deployed to obscure issues and prevent the truth having any impact, the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful that they will do anything to stop becoming public The star highlight is the indomitable and colourful Hester, finally beginning to get over the loss of her husband, Ira, close to Wilde since he was a child and a friend of her beloved son, David She dominates any scene she is a part of, a true believer in upholding the law, even when it doesn t work Coben s touches on issues of the nature of contemporary politics, the influence of the rich and powerful and on ethics, integrity and morality I love this twisted thriller, where little is as it appears, with the slow and expert reveals in a compulsive and riveting narrative Highly recommended Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC


  6. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    Decades ago, A boy is found living in the woods, with no memory of his past Even after an exhaustive search, the child s family is never found and he is turned over to a foster family Years later, the same man, whose past is shrouded in mystery, must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community On the face of it, this is a nice, fast paced thriller with an exciting plot and some intriguing characters However, there are too many Decades ago, A boy is found living in the woods, with no memory of his past Even after an exhaustive search, the child s family is never found and he is turned over to a foster family Years later, the same man, whose past is shrouded in mystery, must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community On the face of it, this is a nice, fast paced thriller with an exciting plot and some intriguing characters However, there are too many things going on in the story Though the title suggests, it s centered on The Boy from the Woods , he is just a small part of the plot The boy from the woods does play a role in this book but he is not the primary focus of the story line First the good parts The story is well structured, has some great characters and has lots of twists and turns Wilde was an enjoyable character with an aura of mystery and some crisp dialogues His past is largely unknown and there are questions about his past that never get fully answered However, Wilde is a character that has plenty of charisma and I think he will return in the future withanswers There are a lot of subplots in this book bullying, kidnappings, ransom notes, blackmailing and conspiracy theories, fake news, politics for a while it felt like a thriller version of 13 reasons Then again, there were so many things going on and there is no singular focus on one case The main mystery and Wilde s background story were intriguing but it never plays a key role in the story Except Wilde, none of the supporting characters felt completely convincing Having enjoyed Coben s Tell No One, the story felt disjointed and lacking in thrills There were some unexpected surprises, but some of the parts felt unconvincing Overall, The Boy From the Woods is a solid and fast paced thriller with some intriguing characters It s an entertaining read which will keep you engaged Many thanks to the publishers Random House UK and Netgalley for the ARC


  7. Debra Debra says:

    Wilde was living wild in the woods get it thirty years ago No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He s an adult now, but stillcomfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arm s length Raised in Wilde was living wild in the woods get it thirty years ago No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He s an adult now, but stillcomfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping even those who love him at arm s length Raised in foster care, he excelled in school and evenso in the military where he was a member of an elite group taking part in secret missions When his godson asks him to locate a missing girl, Naomi Pine, he knows there isto the story than his godson, Matthew is telling him Soon Wilde begins his investigation and enlists Matthew s Grandmother, TV personality and lawyer, Hester Crimstein, who in my opinion steals the show She is a tough old broad that is also va va voom She seriously is the best, and I am purposely not sayingabout her.Soon, it becomes clear as it always does in this genre that there isgoing on with the various characters in this book than meets the eye Soon, Wilde will be up against those with secrets, those with hired muscle, those who will do anything to uncover those secrets and those who will do anything to keep those secrets hidden Coben does not disappoint in this book, what begins as a missing person investigation quickly turns into so muchThis book touches on politics, power, romance, bullying, quilt, family, loss, the impact of secrets and how social status can either help or hurt a person There are a lot of characters in this book and Coben gives them unique personalities and voices The plot moves at a fast pace as Wilde and others attempt to figure out just what the heck is going on and why.This is another solid book by Coben He delivers time and time again and this book is no exception I found myself engrossed in the book, completely glued to the pages, waiting for the reveal and completely enjoying the book from the very first to the very last page There are so many characters in the book that I just want to see read again Articulate and yes, at some point in the near future I am going to answer my phone this way Well written, well thought out, perfectly paced, captivating and entertaining Highly recommend Thank you to Harlan Coben, goodreads and Grand Central Publishing who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  8. Joey R. Joey R. says:

    I just finished The Boy From the Woods , and I am speechless I really can t believe this was written by the same Harlan Coben that wrote so many books that I loved and gave 5 star reviews To be honest, I can t believe I even finished it, but I wanted to see if it got any better Unfortunately, it didn t The Boy From the Woods begins when teenaged Matthew becomes nervous about a missing classmate and enlists the help of his celebrity lawyer grandmother, Hester, to find her Hester of course I just finished The Boy From the Woods , and I am speechless I really can t believe this was written by the same Harlan Coben that wrote so many books that I loved and gave 5 star reviews To be honest, I can t believe I even finished it, but I wanted to see if it got any better Unfortunately, it didn t The Boy From the Woods begins when teenaged Matthew becomes nervous about a missing classmate and enlists the help of his celebrity lawyer grandmother, Hester, to find her Hester of course calls the Boy From the Woods , Wilde Yes Wilde lol After treating a possible missing teenager as serious as a full scale murder investigation, he finds her and the case is over Right Not so fast she disappears again and Wilde gets involved in finding her again This of course turns into a massive investigation as well that leads to another missing person which leads to a different issue with a well liked Presidential candidate and the secret he is trying to keep hidden If this is your cup of teapower to you, but from beginning to end this had to be one of the most ridiculous plots I have ever read Wilde, who was found abandoned as a child after surviving for weeks months in the woods has almost superhuman abilities to find clues and make deductions that no other human would be able to The ending is so unbelievable that I can t even begin to describe how far the author chooses to go to wrap up the two investigations that coincidentally occurred at the same time Up until now Coben has been one of my favorites He is such a good writer and has the ability to build suspense better than just about anyone However, I hope he retires Wilde after this one and leaves him in the woods where he lives happily ever after, and I never have to read about him again


  9. Kylie D Kylie D says:

    The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben s best The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non existent and I was never riveted in any way It s a shame as I ve always found Coben t The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben s best The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non existent and I was never riveted in any way It s a shame as I ve always found Coben to be a must read, however this book misses the mark.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  10. Larry H Larry H says:

    4.5 stars.With Harlan Coben s new book, The Boy from the Woods , the master delivers another twisty thriller full of secrets Thirty years ago a young boy was found living in the woods It appeared he had been there for some time, but apart from some emotional trauma stemming from memories he can t parse together, he was mostly fine He befriended a boy who lived nearby, and he tended to break into people s houses to steal food, even watch television.Now an adult who goes by the name Wilde, he 4.5 stars.With Harlan Coben s new book, The Boy from the Woods , the master delivers another twisty thriller full of secrets Thirty years ago a young boy was found living in the woods It appeared he had been there for some time, but apart from some emotional trauma stemming from memories he can t parse together, he was mostly fine He befriended a boy who lived nearby, and he tended to break into people s houses to steal food, even watch television.Now an adult who goes by the name Wilde, he is a highly intelligent former soldier who still lives in the woods, although he has worked as a private investigator When famed criminal attorney Hester Crimstein, the mother of his best friend the boy he met all those years ago , asks him to try and find Naomi, a bullied classmate of her grandson s who has gone missing, it seems like a fairly routine case.But Naomi s disappearance, which no one really seems to care about not even her father , is just the tip of the iceberg Wilde steps into the middle of a high stakes battle of cat and mouse, with betrayals, secrets, and the very fabric of society at risk And all the while he s struggling with whether he wants some insight into his own past.There are a lot of threads to this story, someinteresting than others I ll admit that most of the thread about a potentially dangerous politician looking to tear society apart and manipulate the media hit a little too close to home for me, so my eyes kinda glazed over during those parts.But Harlan Coben knows how to create fascinating characters, and Wilde is one of the best I really hope he returns in another book There is a lot going on here, with lots of twists and turns, including one that I ll admit surprised me, and I couldn t stop reading this book.Coben s last three books, Home, Don t Let Go , and Run Away , are among Coben s best The Boy from the Woods isn t quite at that level, but it s still a book that kept me guessing and reading to the very end.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at


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