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The Woods by Harlan Coben
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Nov 20, 2012

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bookshelves: american, mystery-thriller, received-through-bookcrossing
Read on October 04, 2011

Pretty good mystery. I think it falls into a couple of common mystery traps; a little too convoluted - like a lot of little roads that lead nowhere and become more of a distraction than anything else, and too much talking towards the end to explain everything.
There were a couple of significant surprises towards the end, some things that are talked about but with enough detail to make you forget the talking and see the action, and some things that happen in real time.
There are a couple of themes that run through the book: protection of one's children and how far one might go to protect them, fear and the role it plays in making people take the actions that they take, and justice - how it is accomplished or not, when right might become wrong, is it possible to always stay on the side of right even if it might hurt those you love. These themes make the book better, something to think about besides the usual dead bodies and who has committed the crimes.
The story involves the murder of 2 teens in the woods at a summer camp 20 years ago, and the disappearance of two others. The county prosecutor, whose sister went missing that night and is presumed dead, is called on by the police to be asked why a current murder victim has information about the the county prosecutor on him and information about the murders 20 years ago at the camp. The mystery starts unraveling...
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