The Boy from the Woods

The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben


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A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538748145
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 5
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including Run Away, Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

Customer Reviews

The Boy from the Woods (Signed Book) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Lance Dibble 10 days ago
Jackie Sly 9 days ago
Hester was introduced in Run Away. She is a unique, full-spirited and intriguing character and I would readily purchase any future books with her. This book was not in my top 10 but maintained my interest throughout. Definitely not a stay up all night but solid waking hours reading!
Caroles_Random_Life 12 days ago
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 book is a stand-alone but readers who are familiar with Coben's books will recognize one of the key characters, Hester Crimstein. I was delighted to see Hester step into the spotlight. She has been a great character that would show up for a scene or two in various other books but she really shined in one of the leading roles in this book. There were a few nods to other books and characters that Coben fans will appreciate as well. Hester is a criminal attorney who is well known as a result of her television show. When her grandson asks her to look into the disappearance of his classmate, Naomi Pine. Hester enlists the help of a man she has known since he was found in the woods as a boy, Wilde. Wilde knows the woods like no one else and tends to look at things in a unique manner and quickly finds himself very involved in the things going on in his small town. I found this book to be quite exciting. There were several different threads that wove their way throughout the story and I enjoyed seeing how everything fit together. I love the way that Coben is able to keep me guessing until the very end and this book was no exception. I do have to say that a couple of things felt a little too convenient but that would be my only complaint and it is very minor. I would highly recommend this book to others. I had a great time with this book. I thought that the characters were well done, the mystery was captivating, and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. I cannot wait to read more of Coben's work and hope to see more of Hester and Wilde in future books. I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing.
diane92345 7 days ago
Naomi is being bullied. Matthew does nothing after being burned before. And then Naomi vanishes. Who can find her? Only Wilde, The Boy from the Woods. There are three main mysteries within this twisty tale. Where is Naomi? How did Wilde end up living alone in the woods as a child? What is up with the radical presidential candidate, Rusty? Ultimately, how do they all interrelate? Or do they? There are a multitude of twists in the latest thriller by bestseller Harlan Coben. And I love twists! Both the beginning and the end of The Boy from the Woods runs at a breakneck pace. However, the middle is rather sluggish for this author. Even though it’s not his best work, it is still better than most new thrillers and well worth reading. 4 stars! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Judy Gerbig 11 hours ago
Good book!
Trina Kerscher 2 days ago
Too many unanswered questions at the end. Would still recommend
Sue Johnson 2 days ago
Loved it!
Linda Henderson 4 days ago
I like this author usually but this is not his best. good premise but writing is fair.
4359102 4 days ago
I have read every book Coben has written. This book had too many unanswered questions. I was very disappointed.
Reggie Heaton 4 days ago
well written, kept my interest unanswered questions though, need a sequel
Danielle Duke 4 days ago
Harlan Coben never disappoints with the twists and turns and unexpected endings. Many of his past characters are brought back into this story. He also added many new ones that I found interesting enough to hope he devotes a future book to their stories. Thank you for always releasing your books on my birthday. It's the present I look forward to the most.
Wayne McGill 8 days ago
I was hooked from the beginning to the end.
Anonymous 8 days ago
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, Wilde for help. Wilde has an unique story. He was found living in the wilds by himself when he was about 6-8. No family for him was ever found. Another classmate goes missing. This is the popular boy at school whose parents are rich. They are producers of TV shows including one of a current presidential candidate. People are screaming for them to release the old tapes of the candidate to see if there is anything inappropriate. These two disappearances collide in ways that cause ripples that effect everyone involved. This is a good mystery that keeps your attention the entire book. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
opera-fan 8 days ago
Loved the twists and turns in the story. Great characters, especially Wilde. Another Harlan Cohen home run!
GNan 8 days ago
There were lots of themes and streams in this book. There was a lot about abandonment and adoption. There was a fair amount about foster parents. There was bullying in high school. There was teenaged drinking. There was miscarriage of justice resulting in an innocent’s man’s lifelong prison sentence. There was lots of denial and misdirection. A key feature, mixed in with all these others was politics with issuing false news and spinning facts to change things from black to white. Oh yes, there was rape. There was obscene opulence. Gosh, what wasn’t there? It was hard to keep the good guys and the bad guys straight. This was definitely not one of Coben’s best, but I appreciate the ARC from NetGalley. I’m sure it will be enjoyed by many.
Ashcclapp 8 days ago
4.5 rounding down to 4 stars. Another solid suspense/mystery from Harlan Coben! I was not as big a fan of his recent release, Run Away, but The Boy from the Woods has redeemed him yet again. This novel starts of at a heightened pace that is kept consistent throughout. At not point did I find the plot dry or too slow as it was constantly adding to one of the number of mysteries it creates for the reader. I loved that Coben adds in modern day headlines without allowing them to overpower the story at hand, only allowing them to add fruitful body and character to the plot. This is one of those books that is easily curled up with for an afternoon/night. It is full of page turning twists and has some great characters that are fleshed out. It was surprising to me that there was not more done with the mystery behind Wilde and his genealogy. I really felt like this was a big piece of the picture that was not broached enough and did not have enough resolution to make me feel satisfied 100%. I almost felt like it was an either forgotten plot line or one that was edited out without much reason. Overall, I highly recommend this book for fans of Harlan Coben in general but also for those who love the mystery and suspense genre overall and looking for a read to really sink your teeth into from start to finish. The ending and outcome of the various mysteries are satisfying, other than the aforementioned one relating to Wilde's childhood, Also, this would be a great one to add to a gift list for Father's Day this year! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honesty.
KathyI 8 days ago
Harlan Cohen has been one of my favorite authors! I always know when I pick up one his books I will enjoy it. This book did not disappoint. The actual boy from the woods is grown man in this mystery. The end did leave me wanting more. I hope that this is a first in series!
IMM011869 8 days ago
The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben has a fast paced plot with unique and reliable characters, A suspense thriller with a multitude of unpredictable twists and turns leading to a surprising conclusion. The title of the book doesn't pertain the story other than being one of the characters. The story is so much more. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Renwarsreads 9 days ago
So I really loved Wilde and would have loved to read more about him and his life story, hoping there's another book coming with him in it. That being said, the rest of the book was good, I liked Hester, she was super cool and the story keeps you wanting to turn the page. You never were sure how Naomi fell into the situation with Dash and his family, if she did, but Wilde continues to look for her up until the very end. It has some really good plot twists and surprising parts, so all in all another good solid book from Harlan Coben!
Eugene Phillips 10 days ago
read it till 1aa.
Thomas Doupe 11 days ago
Was a page turner, but seemed to leave a few questions unanswered-
PatriciaFairweatherRomero 11 days ago
Harlan Coben is a master of suspense. His books are like a game of 'which shell is the pea under'. You have to pay close attention to multiple storylines within the main bombshell plot. And this one has my favorite character, Hester Crimstein.  Thirty years ago Hester discovered that her son, David had an imaginary friend at the edge of the woods. Only he wasn't imaginary. He was a real boy, living in the woods with no name, no identification, nothing. Named Wilde, he is still a mystery even to himself. When a local girl goes missing, the famous and oh so wonderful lawyer, Hester Crimstein, asks Wilde to use his skills to help find her. In doing so he finds that everyone is lying. Everyone is keeping secrets. Secrets that someone will kill to keep quiet. Is the missing girl part of some high school game or something more sinister? An edge of your seat thriller with an ending I never saw coming. But it was a very satisfying one! NetGalley/ March 17th, 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
Michelle Kim 11 days ago
Great book. Could not put it down.
Evelyne0754 11 days ago
Once again a terrific read! A real page turner from start to finish.
EGood 11 days ago
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this arc in exchange for an honest review. . This was my first Harlan Coben read and I generally enjoyed it! The Boy from the Woods was sorta a low-key thriller that had some twists and turns, but wasn't super edge-of-my-seat gotta-keep-reading to know more type of book. . Wilde is the boy from the woods. He is literally from the woods. No one knows where this Mowgli-like character came from. Fast forward to when Wilde is an adult. Now he's a bad-ass, straight-up hottie that helps solve crimes. I think. Wasn't ever super clear on what Wilde does. ANYwho, a girl in town has gone missing. And then soon after, a boy goes missing. What's going on in this town? Why is everyone going missing? Who's involved? Wilde is going to find out. . I like how the book answered most of the questions at the end. However, the actual issue of where Wilde came from, as a boy, was never wrapped up and that sorta bothered me. In addition, there were a lot of little plot lines that just didn't make sense and didn't need to be in the book. I found these dead-end plot points distracting and detracting. I also thought the very very end was silly and contrived and out of character for the Wilde I came to know. . This isn't a bad read, but there are a lot of other thrillers I'd read before I picked up this book!