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The Boy from the Woods

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

An enjoyable and entertaining suspense novel with well drawn characters.



A 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 doesn’t know who he is, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place 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.


The Boy From the Woods is an enjoyable and entertaining suspenseful novel set in Westville, New Jersey. The novel is smart and full of terrific twists and turns. The writing was smooth and easy and the characters are distinct and delightfully well-drawn.

I absolutely loved Hester, she is strong, bright and thinks quick on her feet. She has one or two soft spots that makes you believe she’s real. If I ever need an attorney I’m calling her! Wilde also surprised me. I really liked his intelligence, compassion and sensitivity. Hard to believe, with his childhood he turned out way better than ok. I wouldn’t mind seeing Hester and Wilde again.

Author Harlan Coben has given us yet another suspense-filled novel destined for the number one spot on the best-seller list. The ending had me completely gobsmacked! You should immediately add this to your “to be read” pile.

Thanks to Netgalley, and a Grand Central Publishing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Grand Central Publishing

Published March 17, 2020

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