The Woods by Harlan Coben

Published August 21, 2022

The Woods by Harlan Coben

Book info

  • Title The Woods
  • Author Harlan Coben
  • Year 2007
  • Genre Mystery

Twenty years ago, four teenagers disappeared in the woods at a summercamp. Now, two decades later, everything is changing... Paul Copeland's sister went missing 20 years ago. Now raising a daughter alone, Cope balances family life with a career as a prosecutor. But when a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the past are threatening everything. Is this body one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive...? Confronting his past, Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to light...


I always think I like Harlan Coben books but then I’m quite often not as keen once I get in it. This was another one of those, it was fine, a decent enough mystery, although it required quite a lot of exposition to start with. There was so much back story required to get to the unravelling of everything in the current timeframe it really took a while to get into it.

But it was a satisfying mystery that came to a good ending - although I would have liked to know how the conversation that must have immediately followed The End went.

Rating: 3 / 5

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