The Woods

The WoodsThe Woods by Harlan Coben
Published by Dutton on April 1st 2008
Pages: 509
ISBN: 0451221958
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four-stars

This is the first Harlan Coben book that I have read. It will not be my last because I am preparing to binge read a bunch of his books! I read this over the course of two days and could not put it down. This became a page turner for me and I enjoyed the plot twists and turns. He keeps them coming until the very last page. Just when I thought I had this book figured out, he turned the tables and pulled another one out of his hat. Did I mention that I love this in a book?

Twenty years ago four teenagers go missing at a summer camp. Two are later found murdered in the Woods at the camp, two are never heard from again. What happened that summer? This book sounds like the perfect beginning of an 80’s horror film. It’s not a horror book but a mystery. A mystery where the truth is dying to come out.

Paul Copeland’s older sister is on the missing teens who went into the woods and was never seen again. Now an adult, he is a widower with a young daughter. He is also the county prosecutor. He is working on a rape case where the father of one of the defendants is trying to use any means necessary to stop prosecuting his son.

During the stress of the trial and raising his daughter, the past comes out of nowhere and beings to haunt him. A body is found, a body from the past, a body with ties to him. Paul’s past comes back to tap him on the shoulder and says “remember me”

Lucy, is a college professor, who has her students working on an anonymous journal. She begins receiving entries that are a blast from the past. Her father owned the summer camp where the teenagers went missing. She was Paul Copeland’s girlfriend at the time. The journal entries detail events that happened in the woods – things only the killer would know.

Should the past be left in the past? Is it better to know the truth? Should we learn the secrets of others? What will someone do to protect the ones that they love?

I found this to be a very enjoyable mystery. I thought I had things figured out, then there is a twist, then a turn, then a revelation. There is so much going on in this book but it all works! I love a good mystery. Now on to my next Coben book!

four-stars

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