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The Boy from the Woods

Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin.

From the best-selling author and creator of the hit Netflix drama The Stranger.

Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods.

He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now a former soldier and security expert, he lives off the grid, shunned by the community - until they need him.

A child has gone missing. With her family suspecting she’s just playing a disappearing game, nobody seems concerned except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein. She contacts Wilde, asking him to use his unique skills to find the girl.

But even he can find no trace of her. One day passes, then a second, then a third.

On the fourth, a human finger shows up in the mail.

And now Wilde knows this is no game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life - and expose the town’s dark trove of secrets....

©2020 Harlan Coben (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Shouty

This felt like listening to 10 hours of loud Americans shouting at each other. In the story, the "Boy from the Woods" has now grown up and qualified as a Private Investigator. He teams up with lawyer Hester Crimsteen and together they investigate. The story involves school bullying, missing teenagers, a rich TV mogul, and a presidential candidate. The story did have action all the way through and there were a few good twists, particularly towards the end. I just wanted it to be over.

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Brilliant!

Always look forward to new Harlan Coben books and I am never disappointed! An absolute pleasure to delve deeper into the amazing Hester

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Some good bits but mainly rather dull.

This isn’t great from Harlan Coben. Some good ideas but an awful lot of tedious padding. Too violent and macho for me it seriously stretches credulity and the ending is extremely trite. Many of the characters are unpleasant and irritating. I prefer his psychological thrillers.

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Master story teller

Loved this book. Coben is a master story teller - one of the very best, and this story is a hit. Really like the characters and can definitely see them making more appearances.

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Back on form

I’ve read and now listened to almost all of Harlan Coben’s work and must admit the past few years have been a bit hit and miss for me but I really enjoyed this one. And what’s not to like about Steven Weber?!

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Another page turner from the Master mystery writer

Maybe not Harlan Coven's best but certainly a great read which kept you guessing right to the end. maybe too much unnecessary background and then the end slightly rushed. but very enjoyable read - now hopefully not too long a wait for the next book🤞

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really bad

I have never ever put Harlan Coben's book away for more then a few hours. but I struggle with this one... what happened? why is it soooo boring?

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Lockdown Listening

I've long been a fan of Harlan Coben's books and this does not disappoint ... food plot , some surprises , this is the first book I've listened to and in these socially distant times hearing someone else's voice has been a bonus. 10/10

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Good not great

Firstly, let me say that I love HarlanCoben novels. This one was interesting, quite convoluted but the characters lacked depth and were mostly unlikeable, even the ‘nice’ characters didn’t draw me in. That said worth a listen.

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Enjoyable listen but forgetable

Harlan Coben is a fantastic writer, one of the best as posing a dilemma and then taking you through the journey. This story whilst enjoyable to to listen to or read struck me as lazy or completed in a rush. It had a big scope to focus on, a guy wanting to be President of the USA but used a really skirted the edges of what is could have, should have been. The usual pace of writing, the development of strong characters, who I liked but let them down with a bit of a weak premise to move forward with, which I think is my gripe. It may translate well to TV where we can suspend belief a little more at times. Great performance from Steven Weber.

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  • 13-10-20

Unexpected

I’d put off listening, but had this in my wish list for ages. It’s not what I expected, but I loved it. A more emotionally driven story of the personalities of the characters, with a few unexpected twists. I hope we see more of Hester - what a character!