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 not game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life – and expose the town’s dark trove of secrets…..


One thing I am always certain is that Harlen Coben will write a great story, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I really loved this one, it has the usual twists and turns to keep you on your feet, as you are trying to guess what is happening. But what I loved more about this one is the two characters Wilde, and Hester Crimstein the 70 year old hip criminal attorney. I loved some of the conversations with these two characters. I really hope that they will possibly appear again in another book.

Wilde had been found in the woods as a young child, no one knows how he got there, or how long he was there for, in his mind it was a long time, but how does a child relate to time? When he was found he could read, he believes that’s because he learnt how to break into houses, and watched television. But could a young child have actually survived for that long.

Now a grown man, he is afraid of commitment, he still likes to live off the grid, but he had been fostered by a good family, has a foster sister that he doesn’t keep in touch with as often as he should. His best friend David had died in a car crash, David was Hester Crimstein’s son or one of them, his car had driven off the mountainside, Hester still misses her son obviously, Matthew is David’s son and Wilde’s godson. He turns up at the studio where Hester is doing an interview on her tv show, she knows something must be wrong for him to turn up there. Turns out he is concerned about a girl Naomi, who is constantly bullied at the school, he believes she has gone missing.

Wilde gets involved in looking for the girl, but things aren’t as they seem, and other things start to enter the story. When another teenager Crash goes missing, a son of a wealthy couple, Wilde knows something strange is really going on.

This is just a brilliantly plotted story, with some great characters, there was also a little bit of humour in the story. I found myself chuckling away at times. Definitely highly recommend, I read this in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down and finished it in the early hours of the morning. Mr Coben has not failed me once in many years since I read one of his first books Tell Me No, I have purchased every book on its day of release. Fans of this author will not be disappointed.

A definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ our of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #CornerstoneDigital for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

3 thoughts on “THE BOY FROM THE WOODS By Harlen Coben

    1. I would very highly recommend, I have loved all of his books been buying them for years and has never disappointed. Always lots of twists, with this one I enjoyed some of the banter, I need to go back and re read some as apparently Hester Crimstein has been in other books and I literally cannot remember, but I love her, would love a follow on to this one.

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