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…
The Boy From The Woods may be my favourite Coben novel yet and that’s saying something because I’m 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 I’ve come to expect when picking one of these up and I have yet to be disappointed. The Boy From The Woods fairly rocks along, totally unpredictable and ultimately hugely satisfying. There’s absolutely more to come from Wilde and I’m happily anticipating what may come next…
However this is also a contained story with characters you root for and ones you’d like to stab in the eye with a pencil (just me? Ok then..) and I barely drew breath first page to last, never quite sure where it was heading but dying to find out. Harlan Coban always works with the grey area of morality and the yin yang between Wilde and Hester is pitch perfect.
A clever, involving plot and a right old page turner. What more can you ask for?