The Boy from the Woods was my first Harlan Coben experience. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be my last as well. To be honest, I don’t have many positive thoughts on this one.
Years ago, Wilde was found living in the woods with no memory of his previous life. No one could find his family so he was turned over to a foster home. Now he is living on the outskirts of town. When a girl goes missing, he must return to the community to help find her.
After reading the synopsis I thought the girl went missing in the woods. I thought Wilde would use his knowledge to help the community find her. That was not what I got at all.
Wilde gets involved when his godson, Matthew, becomes concerned about the missing girl from his class. The next thing I know the search for the missing girl turns political. Very political. Like dirty presidential candidate political. That was not what I signed up for. I am so dang tired of politics. I don’t even know why I finished this.
Between the lack of woods, a dirty politician, and a half baked kidnapping I was so over the whole thing. I guess I kept reading because I liked Wilde as a character. I wish he had have been more involved.
The ending was almost painful. It was disjointed and half hearted. If read several reviews that say that the entire book doesn’t even feel like Harlan Coben wrote it. I was definitely expecting more.
If you have read anything you liked by Harlan Coben let me know. I want to give him a fair chance.
My Rating: 1/5