The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben

3635602F-9B44-4838-829D-38C99233D261Thank you to Grand Central Pub for sending me a free copy of The Boy From the Woods in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place 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.

My Review:

The Boy From the Woods will delight Coben fans as it follows his signature style of writing, and while reading I was reminded a lot of last year’s Run Away. This book is an easy page turner and will make a great beach read for this summer.

I did have a few issues with this one, however.  The boy from the woods, while a main character in this story was only that: a character.  I was hoping for more of his story, so the title actually confused me. This book isn’t about him. I also felt like there were just a few too many moving parts and characters so that instead of throwing suspicion around, the plot just lacked cohesion.

Sometimes when there are a lot of characters and separate storylines going on, I don’t get the chance to latch onto one of them while reading and the experience overall can feel superficial. I think that this book was a light read.  Fun and easy, but also without much depth.  I finished it, so I did like it but it wasn’t my favorite.  However I still plan to read more of his work both in the future and backlist titles.

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