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Book Review: The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

Huge thank you to Century, Penguin for my advance copy of Harlan Coben’s new book! Out next month.

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: I won’t go into the details of the plot, you can read below for the synopsis. What I loved 🖤: The characters. Coben always does such a fantastic job at building amazing characters we just HAVE to know more about. I loved Wilde, and Hester, and I really hope there will be a follow on book to discover more about Wilde. He was so interesting and mysterious and I feel there’s so much more to get to know 🤞🏻

😕 What I didn’t enjoy so much was the actual case, sure it was intriguing and had a few good twists, but I felt the pace was slower than some of Coben’s other books. Obviously, I’d still recommend this book (out next month!) and I’m hoping to see Wilde reappear in Coben’s next book! 


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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