The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy from the Woods

In the shocking new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community . . . and the world.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 e...

Details The Boy from the Woods

TitleThe Boy from the Woods
Release DateMar 17th, 2020
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Boy from the Woods

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "Well, well, well, as I live and breathe. Hester Crimstein in my little station."Whether you are stumbling across this review in search of a new stand-alone thriller or as a long term fan of the author, you are equal parts welcome here. Friends, The Boy from the Woods is Harlan Coben at his best, and let me tell you why. Readers of Stephen King claim their loyalty as a fan base in part because he has an uncanny way of providing layers to his work...
  • Emily May
    Life isnt lived in the black and white, Wilde. People like to think so nowadays. All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad. But life is lived in the gray. Life is lived in the nuances. Action-wise, this book was as excellent as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben. Lots was going on at all times. Several subplots overlapped and came together, which made it so that the pacing never lagged. But where this differed from Coben'...
  • Meredith
    The Boy From the Woods is an action-packed thriller about two missing teenagers, a dirty politician, and damaging secrets. The plot seems simple and focuses a teenage girl who disappears without a trace. She is the school pariah. Then the rich popular boy, who is a bit of douche, disappears as well. This is where things get more complicated. Theres a lot of action and suspense in the attempts to find the missing teenagers. Lies unravel and secre...
  • Paromjit
    Harlan Coben's novel is a fabulous thriller that takes a little while to work out where it is going, there are numerous threads and a particular highlight is the range of characters from the endearing to the boo hiss variety, set in Westville, New Jersey. The eponymous boy from the woods is Wilde, a feral child, approximately aged between 6-8 years old, discovered surviving alone in the woods with no memory of who he is or where he came from. No-...
  • Debra
    Wilde was living wild in the woods (get it?) thirty years ago. No one, including him, knew his name, his exact age, where he came from, his parents names, were or how long he had been surviving alone in the woods. He has vague memories, foggy nightmares, but even as an adult all he remembers is scavenging to survive and playing with his friend, Adam.He's an adult now, but still more comfortable being on his own, living in the woods and keeping ev...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    This is whirlwind, complex, action-packed and definitely wilder crazy train ride that I expected to take a full tour! Including: Political scandal, secret tapes, school bullying, disappearing teenager, a mans stunning story who has been found in the woods, fighting to gather the pieces of his past.This seems like a complex mix and Mr, Coben juggling too many balls at the same time but thankfully he doesnt drop any of them and we get our answers f...
  • Kylie D
    The Boy From The Woods is an ok thriller, but honestly I found it to be far from Harlan Coben's best. The premise is that a teenage girl goes missing, but instead of a book about searching for her, the plot turns all political, and I found it to be ho hum. The book is not without memorable characters, Hester and Wilde both deserving of further novels, but the bit players were boring, the action pretty much non-existent and I was never riveted in ...
  • Mandy White
    Oh where to start! Harlan Coben is one of my all time favourite writers and I actually squealed when I was approved for an early copy of The Boy From The Woods. So no pressure Mr Coben, no pressure. I knew that I had to be free of other commitments when I picked up this book. Absolutely pleased to report that this book is fantastic 🤗Not going to talk too much about the plot for this one. I did not know too much about it going in and left it al...
  • Monnie
    When it comes to timely reading of pre-publication books I get by way of NetGalley, I try to play it straight - really, I do - by reading them in order of next to be released. But sometimes I get one I'm so excited about that it jumps to the head of the line. This is one of those times. And to the half-dozen books that got pushed aside, I promise to get to them soon, but love means never having to say you're sorry. This one was way too good for a...
  • Jan
    Its been awhile since Ive read a Coben book-happy that he still knows how to weave a great tale! There is something about his writing style that works for me. It's feels smooth, easy-even in those tense or dramatic scenes.In typical Coben style, he starts out in one direction, then the next thing you know there are sub plots popping up, all with their own mystery to figure out. I did guess accurately at the outcome of one, the rest did catch me b...
  • Carolyn
    This was a big disappointment for me. I have read and enjoyed most of Harlan Cobens domestic thrillers. Watch his excellent mystery series : Safe, The Stranger, and The Five on Netflix instead. This was a big disappointment for me. I have read and enjoyed most of Harlan Coben’s domestic thrillers. Watch his excellent mystery series : Safe, The Stranger, and The Five on Netflix instead.
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    As with every single prior Harlan Coben novel, I am in love with these characters, this book and I can't believe I have to wait a year for a new book!The Boy in the Woods features a connection to one of my favorite Coben recurring characters, the esteemed Hester Crimstein, but this time, Hester is one of the stars of the show (we do get an "articulate" reference as well) - including these easter eggs to past books or characters is one of my favor...
  • Lisa
    An enjoyable and entertaining suspense novel with well drawn characters. SUMMARYA young wild-hair boy, thought to be between the age of 6 to 8 was found living in the woods all alone. No one has any idea who the boy was or how long he had been there. That was thirty years ago. Wilde still prefers to live in those woods today. The woods are the air for his lungs. Now an adult, he still doesnt know who he is, and another child has gone missing.No o...
  • Pauline
    Wilde was found living feral in the woods when he was a young boy and has no memory of his past or even his name. He became friends with a boy called David and was then taken into foster care.Many years later he is asked by Davids son to look for for a girl in his class that has gone missing.This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it, especially all the different characters. I will be looking to read more of hi...
  • Andrew Smith
    In 1986 a couple of hikers in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest found a boy who, it seems, had be living wild. He was unschooled and had no memory of life before the the forest. Jump forward thirty-four years and the man that was this boy has grown into an intelligent, educated man who has operated as a private investigator. In fact, Wilde, as hes now known, set up his own company in partnership with his foster-sister some while back. He now lives...
  • NZLisaM
    3.5.The Boy from the Woods sees Hester Crimstein returning to Westville, New Jersey, the township where she raised her family. Fans of Harlan Coben's work will likely be familiar with the character, who has featured in (I count six) of his previous books as a shrewd, sarcastic, tough but fair Criminal Litigator. And she's still all those things in this one, but the plot delves into Hester's personal life, and past, and we are shown a softer more ...
  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    The Boy From the Woods by Harlan CobenFiction. Shown as thriller but Im going to say mystery. Thriller to me is edge of your seat reading. While this was really good, it wasnt worrying or fully suspense filled. Compelling, yes. A few twists and likable characters. Ultimately an engaging read.I received a copy of this book from the the publisher. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan CobenFiction. Shown as thriller but I’m going to say mystery. Thr...
  • Kristy K
    3.5 StarsThis is my second Coben novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its on the lighter side of the mystery/suspense genre, but the writing makes it so you want to keep turning pages. I loved Wilde and how intertwined Coben was able to make every characters story in such a short amount of time. There were some good twists along the way as well.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review. 3.5 StarsThis is my secon...
  • Liz Barnsley
    The Boy From The Woods may be my favourite Coben novel yet and thats saying something because Im a huge fan. Nobody writes twisty thrillers with brilliant characters quite like this author- for whatever reason I engaged even more with this one, likely down to its two main protagonists Wilde and Hester.The story itself is pacy, addictive and very intelligent- something Ive come to expect when picking one of these up and I have yet to be disappoint...
  • Dennis
    I may be the most novice Harlan Coben fan on Goodreads because I only started reading his books last year, starting with his 2019 release, Run Away. After being given the opportunity to read Coben's upcoming, The Boy from the Woods , I knew I needed to hurry up and read it! Typical with what I hear is the formula for Coben's stories, this book continues a slow-pacing multidimensional mystery where it starts off small and then ventures off into a...
  • Jen
    A fun and fast paced thriller with intriguing characters, The Boy From The Woods was a wild ride! There were many different side stories that kept me perplexed and riveted to the pages. The climax got a little muddled but overall, this was a fun read that I couldnt put down. One of the storylines was left unanswered so Im hoping that this is the start of a fantastic new series! I enjoyed the characters and the relationships that were forged. The ...
  • Gary
    This is a standalone novel by author Harlan Coben.I have read many books by this author and loved most of them especially the Myron Bolitar series but recently I have found some of his books hit or miss. This unfortunately was not a hit although I can see there are many positive reviews. There were certainly some high points but for me not the normal high standard I expect from one of my favourite authors.Thirty years ago, a child was found in th...
  • Laura Rash
    Any normal Harlan Coben fan does exactly what I did when I received this early copy-I started reading it as soon as I pulled it out of the mailer! Cue the roller coaster track sound as I start turning pages bc thats the thrilling ride this book is! Lots of moments that had me squirming in my seat wondering if I should just pace the floor as I read. The story of Wilde, Naomi, Hester and Oren makes for a complicated plot that you are just absorbed ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was fantastic! I have been a Harlan Coben fan for a very long time. Since finding his work, I have worked my way through his backlist and always eagerly await each new release. I was really excited to start reading this book and had pretty high expectations. Coben did not disappoint! I found this to be quite the page-turner and was completely entertained until the final page.This...
  • Nadia
    It's no secret that I'm a fan of Harlan Coben. His action packed thrillers are a cut above and are right up my street. The Boy From the Woods is a solid, well written thriller that I enjoyed but if I didn't know it was written by HC, I would have never guessed it. The storyline centres around a disappearance of two teenagers, one is a bullied girl with no friends and the other one is the most popular boy in school with powerful parents. Their ...
  • Michelle
    Thirty years ago, a feral child around 8 years old was found in the Ramapo mountain state forest. With no name or how he got there. Years late now grown up now named Wilde. He is an ex-soldier and security expert, now Private Investigator He is shunned by the town and the community and he lives in a kind of caravan in the woods. One day he is asked to investigate a missing child Naomi Pine. Others dont take Naomi seriously as she has run away pre...
  • MicheleReader
    Harlan Coben is a favorite author for reliably good Mystery / Thrillers so his latest, The Boy From The Woods was a must read. It did not disappoint. We first learn the story of Wilde. In 1986, a boy between six and eight years old is found living feral in New Jerseys Ramapo Mountains. Incredibly smart, it is believed that he taught himself language by breaking into homes and watching television. Now a grown man, after being a military operative,...
  • Susan Johnson
    This is an entertaining story from a skilled writer that moves at a fast pace. Hester is a famous defense lawyer with a TV show when she gets a call from her grandson, Matthew. He has a classmate that has not been to school for five days and no one has reported her missing, not her school or her parents. She is the object of bullying and he is worried about her. Hester agrees to help and calls her deceased son's (Matthew's father) best friend, Wi...
  • Lisa Mancini
    This is my favorite Harlan Coben book so far. I am happy to read an adult woman protagonist who is older, seasoned and fierce. Women readers will easily identify with Hester. She made this book my favorite HC novel. The story centers on two characters, both children. One, Naomi Pine is bullied at school relentlessly and the other appropriately named Wilde is a former feral child who grows up and becomes a military specialist and investigator. Nao...
  • Laura Peden
    4.5 stars rounded up. Harlan Coben does it again! His books are always witty, fast paced and full of colorful characters and this one is no exception. His plots/mysteries are a bit over-the-top but in the best way possible. He also brought back Steven Weber as narrator & he always does a fantastic job with Cobens work. Highly recommend! 4.5 stars rounded up. Harlan Coben does it again! His books are always witty, fast paced and full of colorful...