The Boy From the Woods

The Boy From the Woods

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"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"--
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781538748145
1538748142
Characteristics: 371 pages ;,24 cm.

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nikki28r
Jul 05, 2020

This was a quick, easy read. It was entertaining, but I was a bit disappointed in Wilde's (the boy from the woods) lack of character development. It was mostly about his role in a different mystery surrounding people he cares about. I liked it, but it wasn't nearly as great as some of the others I've read from Coben like Run Away and Home.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jun 26, 2020

This is my first Harlan Coben book. I have to admit the title is what drew me in. A boy found living in the woods with no memory of his past who is now an adult and works as an investigator sounded intriguing. Both Hester and Wilde were good characters. 70 year old Hester who is a famous criminal attorney was a hoot. She speaks her mind and is a force to be reckoned with. Wilde still prefers to be in the woods and just does what’s necessary as far as the social and technology aspect of the world. There was a lot of subplots to keep track of in this book. The book synopsis leads you to believe the book is about kidnapped teens, but really it’s more of a political mystery centered around a presidential candidate. It was fast paced with some humorous banter that kept the pages turning. A lot about Wilde’s past and future were left unanswered so I think there’s a strong possibility of a sequel.

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BARosen1112
Jun 10, 2020

The Boy From the Woods is known simply as Wilde in this thriller from Harlen Coben. Not as formulaic as some of Coben's thrillers, but the characters - mostly Wilde himself, a PI 30 years after being found in the woods under mysterious circumstances, and Hester Crimstein, a 70+ year old criminal attorney who has appeared in several previous Coben books - do not become people we care about, as happens in the better Coben thrillers and in Coben's long-running Myron Bolitar series.

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Rose047
Jun 05, 2020

Did not finish reading. His characters are so childish and not very smart. I was a big fan of Coben but after trying to read this book and his last one, won’t waste my time. Storyline always sounds good. I wonder if someone else is writing his books.

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Eil_1
May 01, 2020

Another excellent book from Coben that I bought since the libraries are closed. Wilde, the feral child, is now an adult. The plot and characters were well defined. The main idea I gained from this novel was: how and when the the end justify the means. An ethical question that could be debated.

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brangwinn
Apr 12, 2020

I enjoyed this mystery which was basically about missing teenagers. Not having read any others by Corben I had expected more. It seemed over the top and contrived. I really had trouble believing the convoluted storyline. While not my favorite mystery, I didn’t expect the ending of the book and I wonder how things worked out for everyone.

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GSTONER
Apr 06, 2020

Another good Coben book. The main character (Wilde) was found in the woods of New Jersey thirty years ago living as a feral child. He had no memory of his past. He was taken in by a foster family, and as an adult he served in the military & he now lives in the NJ woods in an Ecocapsule. A child in the area goes missing & he gets involved in searching for her. As typical for Coben, there are plenty of twists & turns & surprises. A good read overall.
I read this on Libby (OverDrive) since it came our after the temporary closure of the libraries.

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