The Boy from the Woods: Wilde, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the number one New York Times best-selling 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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 8 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 17, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,011 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#17 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#17 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2022
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I really liked a lot of the characters in this book but it just didn’t have a good enough story. The novel is from the POV of Wilde, the man with the mysterious path found in the woods as a boy or Hester, the famous criminal defense attorney, and Coben uses brilliantly to showcase her role in his last book Run Away. If you’re wondering about the case mentioned at the beginning and end of the book that’s where to find out what happened with the punch that went viral. Both characters are sympathetic and interesting but unfortunately they just weren’t enough to make this novel interesting when so much of the story is overshadowed by the political element. Again this novel is not really about Naomi or Wilde’s attempt to find her. For that reason it was a disappointment and not at all what I was expecting or would have wanted to read.
The storyline is actually very interesting. The main characters are a man who as a boy, was left in the woods by someone, a 70 yr old criminal attorney who knows just the right questions to ask, a politician who will do anything to get elected, two teenagers and an ultra rich couple.
A teenager goes missing. The there’s another ... the storyline proceeds with drama, suspense, the usual twists and turns and would have ended on a great note if one didn’t have the read the chapter “three weeks later.” I know you’ll read it even if I say not to. But it wrecks the whole book. If it weren’t on my iPad, I would have torn out that chapter or just simply stomped on the book, tore the whole thing up and set it on fire.
The ending is stupid, nonsensical and ridiculous. It doesn’t even belong in the story. Mr. Harlan Coben, you are much better than this!
In other words this is the kind of book I love. The characters have actual personalities - believable ones. No one is perfect, but they are believable. Some of the people do good things, for good reasons - with bad results, sort of. Does that give you an idea of what this book is like? It's about well meaning, fallible people. There are bad people too - except they are maybe more weak than bad. One thing for certain - the author understands human nature and used it to create a compelling, interesting and educational story.
There are multiple threads in this story, but no loose ends when the book is finished. Definitely a good read.
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I quit this 25% of the way in. To conclude, this boy from the woods was looking for a great plot and some originality, but ended up thinking one of his favourite authors may have rushed this or just tried something new and not got it quite right.
The story centres around Wilde, who got his name because he was found living alone in the woods. No one knows where he came from and he doesn't know his own name. He is found at the back of a property owned by Hester, the other main character. She is a criminal lawyer. Fast forward over the years, the mystery around Wilde has never been solved and he still spends a lot of his time living off grid in the woods. Hester and Wilde team up to try and track down a teenage girl who has gone missing. Some of the story is a little too dragged out, but some of it is classic Harlan. Fast paced, keeps you guessing, builds lots of strands together.
I liked the book, but it isn't one of his best.
Now I have been a Coben fan for very many years. Before Kindle, before Netflix, before the french film where some American guy stood on the railway station in the background waving for long time. (Yes I am very old) In the day when Harlan Coben had a website where you could email him and he would answer, yes actually he himself (!), I read and reread the novels of Myron and Win. (This was before he started writing the stand alone novels which I also love obviously.) I love these novels and their world. They are twisty, sarcastic, funny, but caring too. So when Mr Coben writes new novels and places them in that world I am delighted. Even if Myron and Win don't actually make an appearance the fact that Hester Crimstein is one of the main characters and we are given more information about her and her life is pleasing, especially the oblique use of "articulate", and her reference to a friend who was a basketball player. It's like Wilde could walk past Big Cyndi or Esperanza in the street - six degrees of separation.
While I recommend this book to everyone as a brilliant read, and you don't need to have read anything else by this author to enjoy it, if you haven't why not read some of his other books? There isn't a bad one so take your pick.
I am now left waiting for the next one to come out which I know will be a long wait...