Review: The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben


Release date: March 17, 2020

Publisher: Grand Central

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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. 

If like me, you’re a longtime HC fan then you’ll share in my excitement that we finally get a book with Hester as one of the main characters and not just a secondary one!! She has been such a fantastic addition to so many of his other books and she’s also fascinating, so a book featuring her was a real treat. Spoiler alert, she’s just as interesting as she’s seemed in the past and I’m even more obsessed with her than I was before.
Per usual there is a lot going on here with a main plot and several subplots, I love how there’s always so much happening, truly never a dull moment. If you like thrillers where nothing is ever as it seems, read this. Or maybe you like books that are smart, well written and chock full of characters that are beyond interesting. Or maybe you just like to read a really, really good book. Whatever you like give this one a chance because it was absolutely fantastic!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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