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Twenty years ago at summer camp, Paul Copeland's sister died in the woods, the alleged victim of a serial killer. Her body was never found. Now, Paul is the prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey, immersed in one of the biggest cases of his career-a case that will change everything he believes about the past...and the truth.


Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mandy Crider
Apr 20, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a page turner! Coben always fascinates me with his novels!
Suzanne
Just love this guy. HC is great. This was very good audio book, well-crafted artists that delivered good quality reading with excellent accents, tone and an all-round feel of a quality performance, as after all, these audio books are a performance. Also a great feature was the use of a male and female narrator. Excellent! Funny enough though, I own the paperback without list here on GR, so (again) I end up with both hardcopy and audio. Here, the audio fits the bill.

This was a good chilling read
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Maureen
Sep 25, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing
I find that if I pick up a book by Harlan Coben, I then resent anything that requires my attention, dragging me away from it, such is his skill at grabbing hold of you and playing with your mind. He really knows his stuff, able to draw readers in with ease, and he hasn't failed with The Woods. The suspense is constant, but not happy with that, he manages to turn up the action a notch further as the story twists and turns every which way! The characters are really believable too, and the dialogue ...more
P
Nov 15, 2016 P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-horror
“You don't worry about happiness and fulfilment when you're starving.”




2.5 stars The Woods was quite boring with nothing new to surprise me. Harlan Coben put the old materials in this book again without reconsidering whether the twists were predictable or not. Four children were lost in the woods, twenty years later Paul Copeland wants to revaluate this case again, he thinks that maybe his sister is still alive somewhere. The book started off with the same feeling as if I was reading Tell No On
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TK421
Oh Harlan, you were exactly what I needed. But before I begin, let me say that this was my first Harlan Coben experience. I'll more than likely read more of his stuff. Bear with me as I explain myself.

Okay, the writing was nothing spectacular; there were even times when I winced as he described something by using the item. Example: The great oak stood like a, well, great oak. Yes, this type of writing appears more frequently than I liked, but the writing is really not an issue with this type of
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Stephanie
Jul 14, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good page turner
Recommended to Stephanie by: Mom
This was my first Harlan Coben book and I thought it was just fabulous! I'm not huge into "mysteries" or "thrillers", but when I do sit down with one this is the type of story that has everything I want in a "page turner" - short chapters, quick dialog, twists and turns, and narration that was surprisingly funny at times (case in point, after annoying a police officer and a prosecutor both in a matter of hours the main character concludes, "I had itched an ass this morning and now I had burned a ...more
Glenn Sumi
More like a 2.5, but I've read one previous Coben book, and I liked it a lot more. The author can clearly do better.

I read this a month and a half ago, but I can barely remember any details. NOT a good sign!

Lemme see what I can recall... mmmm... There's something about a series of killings at a teen summer camp coming back to haunt one of the camp counsellors (who's now a county prosecutor) 2o years later. The KGB might be involved. Various people who were thought to be dead or killed might stil
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Melisa
Jun 15, 2016 Melisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Yep, Harlan Coben is officially the king of the twisty turns.

I'm completely amazed how he can weave such a fascinating mystery that can change directions nearly every chapter. Even until the very end. Well done, sir!

I also loved the witty dialogue. Some of the characters had me laughing out loud. And this subject matter was not light at all.

Such a page turner. 5 stars!
Licha
Jul 28, 2011 Licha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cheat Sheet for Writing A Harlan Coben novel:
-an event that happened a long time ago that affected the lives of the loved ones
-one pretty hip guy who is quick with wit and sarcasm
-main character must be a professional white male who helps inner-city black characters-it's ok to throw out all stereotypes possible, as long as the main character justifies it by performing his civic duty of helping them out
-add a ballsy female side-kick, and give her at least one manly characteristic (if she's no
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BrokenTune
‘I don’t understand. What makes you so sure your sister is alive?’
‘I’m not sure,’ I said.
‘But I think there’s a decent enough chance.’
‘Why?’
‘Because of Manolo.’
‘What about him?’


Yes. What about him? What about any of them?

I don't know, but i'm not feeling this one. The Woods should be a gripping story but I just can't care for any of the characters. It's not that the writing is bad but the dialogues are making me feel sleepy. It's like the characters want to pretend that they are telling a story
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Leslie
Nov 23, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of elements I appreciated within this novel. This is the 2nd book I've read by Harlan Coben, but surely not my last! Some surprisingly awesome twists and turns here & main character was great! Twisted right up to the end!!
Narration Notation: This audiobook was narrated by Scott Brick, whom I happen to thoroughly enjoy. While the entire recording was not as high quality as his more recent narrations, whenever he received a phone call, it sounded right as if you were listening
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Heena Rathore P.
This book literally blew my mind! It kept me guessing through all the 442 pages. Yes! That's right, suspense grips the reader till the very last page. In the beginning you feel that the book is only about a murderer who killed 4 kids in a summer camp but Hell No! Paul Copeland was in the dark about a lot of things, like stuff about his mother and father and Ira and Lucy. The entire story gets twisted towards the end. The twists and turns are really unexpected and makes you want to read the book ...more
Janie Johnson
Jan 16, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I read this book as a buddy read and also wanted to read it for TBR Takedown, but I did not make it for that. I knew that I would enjoy this book since it is by Harlan Coben, wow it was so engaging with such a great mystery plot line. Thoroughly loved this book.

Synopsis
Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about t
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Susan
I love some of Harlan Coben's books but IMHO this was not one of his bests. I think it could have been told without a lot of the twists that turned out to not be twists at all, just page fillers. I was attached to the main character in the beginning but became separated from him as the story went along, a little too sappy for me. Would have been a great mystery if it had stuck closer to the main story line.
Brad
With a debt of gratitude and writing credit to Michael K. Brett-Surman's dinosaurs, from which I stole the format and a good many of the words from page 150.

For D. Pow.

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Field Notes:
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Edgar Award winner; Shamus Award winner; Anthony Award winner; never short listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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Audrey Dry
Feb 24, 2017 Audrey Dry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro recomendado en el Club de Lectura (Temporada de Invierno: El libro invisible) del grupo La Cafetería de Audrey

Un buen thriller, sin lugar a dudas. El autor escribe sin rodeos, directo y haciendo que los pensamientos de los protagonistas fueran concisos y claros. La lectura de este libro no se hace pesada en ningún momento, aunque sí debo reconocer que en algunos capítulos me preguntaba si lo que ocurría en ese momento influiría en los capítulos posteriores o si solo era relleno. Pero sí, i
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Gina
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Now this was an excellent book!

So many twists I didn't see coming. I thought the characters were upbeat and seemed completely real. The plot was great. At first, it seemed to me that it was going to be a typical suspenseful thriller, but the twists in the plot made it more, especially the ending. Did not see that coming!

Excellent!
Lori
Feb 19, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this if you want a quick and good murder/ mystery... many twists and turns that I didn't see coming!!! Fast paced so it keeps you interested...
David
Oct 20, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After his return to Myron Bolitar with PROMISE ME, Coben went back to standalone thrillers with this one. It was good, although I had some doubts about the characterization. I couldn't quite believe everything I read, even though the facts were consistent. I suspect that Coben knew that if he had done more to make the characterization of certain characters consistent and clearer, then it would have telegraphed the ending. But at this pace, who really cares about characterization. It's only in re ...more
Patti
Apr 07, 2008 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a mystery
I liked this book because it was a "couldn't put down" kind of book. I wanted to keep reading it to find out what's going on now.
Paul Copeland is a County Prosecutor who along with his parents and sister Camille,were from Russia and moved to the US when Paul was 4 yrs old. In the present day-Paul is a widower and has a 6 yr old Daughter. Go back 20 yrs,when Paul was a teenager who helped out at a camp that the rich kids as well as the not to well off kids would spend their days in the summer. B
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Corey
Jul 21, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben's books have everything you would expect from a good Mystery writer, a good story, character development, a little humor, and a surprise ending! The Woods is about Paul Copeland, who's sister it down at a Summer camp, and walks into the woods with 3 other campers, and disappears without a trace along with another one of the campers, while the other 2 end up murdered. About 20 years later Paul who is not County Prosecutor and handling a case of his own, is approached by the Police wh ...more
Petra
Oct 22, 2016 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Harlan Coben's writing. You just turn and turn the pages and before you realize it you've read a 500 page book. This is the third novel I read by him and I have many more on my to read list. Paul is haunted by the events that took place in his life more than 20 years ago. His sister and 3 of her friends go into the woods near their summer camp and they never come out. But after all these years the past comes rushing back. I loved the book and even liked the ending. i think Harlan Coben mo ...more
Laura
Aug 17, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impresionante! Intriga y giros inesperados! Me ha encantado! Recomendado 100%
Lisa B.
Feb 20, 2017 Lisa B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Mr. Coben sure knows how to tell a story!
Charles
Feb 12, 2017 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Very good. A standout mystery thriller that keeps the twists and turns coming. Well developed characters that you can root for, but who are certainly not perfect. I found myself irritated at interruptions that kept me from turning the pages and I think that is a pretty good recommendation. I'd not previously read anything by Coben but I'll be looking for more.
Ed
Aug 09, 2008 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Fans, Coben Fans
Coben keeps getting better and better.

I read this novel while on a 24 hour trip from Las Vegas to Hong Kong. I could not put it down. The suspense is complete. The characterizations are excellent. The plotting is superb. The story is believable, though fictional, because we have all been in families so we know all families have secrets.

The secrets may not be as violent as the ones in this story but they can be as destructive as these are.

Coben does a masterful job of bringing us along as the pr
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I accidentally started reading the abridged version of this book last month. It wasn’t very good and I thought it was me, my mood, something . . . Like most abridgments it left me confused, moved too fast and seemed to be missing the best parts. Characterization was not really there and Coben’s snarky humor was nary to be seen. After wasting four + hours I realized my stupid mistake and managed to track down the unabridged version at my library. It was read by the same narrator too, Scott Brick. ...more
Priyam Gopani
Feb 08, 2013 Priyam Gopani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less often you come across stories that leave you with a strange feeling...the type where you don't know whether to feel good about the story or bad... whether you can single out one person as an antagonist..a bad person...someone who triggered the unfortunate events...

After reading the book, I feel the same. I can't single out one bad person...cant find one single person on whom I can put the blame for creating such havoc. Because basically none of these characters were bad. The situation that
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David
Mar 23, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers at summer camp, prosecutors with ex-KGB uncles, girls named Chamique
This was an unexpectedly entertaining page-turner, though towards the end, so many plot twists are woven together in an improbable climax and epilogue that my suspension of disbelief was tested a bit. However, getting there was fun in this combination courtroom drama and suspense thriller.

Paul Copeland survived a summer camp massacre as a teenager. He and his girlfriend snuck off into the woods for a little nookie, only to hear the screams of three other kids — including Paul's sister — being mu
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Love Fool
Mar 31, 2015 Love Fool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of ...more
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“Summer romances cometo an end. That was part of the deal. They are built like certain plants or insects, not able to survive more than one season. I thought we would be different. We were, I guess, but not in the way I thought. I truly believed that we would never let each other go. The young are so dumb.” 35 likes
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