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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  58,825 ratings  ·  3,578 reviews
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.
Hardcover, First Edition, 404 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Dutton Adult
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Lucas I've read some other Cobens and this is the worst one so far. The plot isn't predictable, but it's just meh. None of the characters is interesting,…moreI've read some other Cobens and this is the worst one so far. The plot isn't predictable, but it's just meh. None of the characters is interesting, they are just big cliches of other, more developed characters from other books. I'm going to pass on Coben for a while.(less)
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Maureen
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty years ago eighteen-year-old Paul Copeland was working as a counselor at a summer camp in which four teenagers walked into the woods one night... two were murdered, and two went missing, never to be seen again (they were thought to be dead, their bodies were never found, some of their clothing had blood on it). One of the missing was Paul's sister, Camille. Twenty years later Paul (now a County Prosecutor) is being asked questions by detectives about a man who was recently murdered who had ...more
Mandy
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Em Lost In Books
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Em Lost In Books by: Luffy
3.5*.

a real page turner. story was full of twists whenever i thought i know the murderer, there was a new mystery and a new revelation. I will definitely be reading other Coben soon.
P
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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Phrynne
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
I have read all of Coben's Myron Bolitar books and love them all, but I have so far only tried a couple of his stand alones. On the strength of this one I will be looking out for more.
The main character is Paul Copeland, County Prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey. On the face of it he is an admirable character, successfully raising a child after the death of his wife, managing a fast developing career and totally honest and trustworthy. His court scenes are tremendous fun and he certainly fights to
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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 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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Pablo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dónde andaría yo, que este señor tiene escrito un buen montón de libros...Y pienso repetir con otros títulos, desde luego. Si no llega a ser por los compromisos de Nochebuena o Navidad, me leo "El bosque" de una sentada. Sin vida social, ole, tú; pa qué, con un libraco tan chulo. ¿Algún que otro cliché? No importa, lo compensa con una trama adictiva y giros hasta la última página. Me ha gustado mucho también la naturalidad con que está escrito, sin ningún tono noir que te recuerde constantemente ...more
Melisa
Jun 15, 2016 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 rated it it was ok
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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Ben
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars!


“It's not the dead even. It's what's left behind - the echo. These woods you're walking through. There are some old timers who think a sound echoes here forever. Makes sense when you think about it. That Billingham kid. I'm sure he screamed. He screams, it echoes, just bounces back and forth, the sound getting smaller and smaller, but never entirely disappearing. Like a part of his is still calling out, even now.”

I discovered the world of fiction through Harlan Coben's work. I r
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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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Emir Ibañez
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Hace veinte años, en un campamento, cuatro adolescentes entraron en un bosque. Dos aparecieron muertos. Dos jamás aparecieron. En la actualidad, el hermano de una de los chicos desaparecidos recibe información que le hará volver a preguntarse qué pasó aquella noche. Es el segundo libro que leo de este autor y volvió a volarme la cabeza. Este tipo sabe escribir thrillers. Te engancha, no te deja ir, te revela datos a cada rato y no para de haber giros hasta, literalmente, la última página. Hubo m ...more
✨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.
Audrey Dry
Feb 24, 2017 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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Heena Rathore P.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Leslie
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Rob
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben is one those authors that be can relied upon to give you a guaranteed entertaining thrilling read. And The Woods is just that, a guaranteed, page turning, entertaining read.

The main protagonist, Paul Copeland, is a man who knows what success smells like. He also knows what it’s like to loose just about everyone he cares for.

Some twenty years ago Paul’s sister is brutal murder whilst on summer camp, a camp that Paul also attended. His mother walked out on the family not long after h
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Petra
Oct 22, 2016 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 came 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
Janie Johnson
Jan 16, 2016 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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Debra
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first Harlan Coben book that I have read. It will not be my last because I am preparing to binge read a bunch of his books! I read this over the course of two days and could not put it down. This became a page turner for me and I enjoyed the plot twists and turns. He keeps them coming until the very last page. Just when I thought I had this book figured out, he turned the tables and pulled another one out of his hat. Did I mention that I love this in a book?

Twenty years ago four tee
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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.

Hackosaurus Rex

Field Notes:
HAK-oh-SAW-rus REX
Tyrant Hack-Novelist
a.k.a. Harlen Coben
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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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Gina
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 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...
Patti
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Annette mathews
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Twenty Years ago, At a Summer Camp, four teenagers vanished into the woods without returning back. There were no clues left behind and No one knows what happened.
Paul Copeland's sister was one of the missing teenagers . Now after two decades, he is all alone raising a daughter. When a body is found , the secrets of the past comes haunting back. The body turns out to be one of the missing teenagers . This gives Paul a hope in an otherwise dreary life, that his sister might be alive somewhere. As
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Todos Mis Libros
Es bastante entretenido se lee bien. Le doy 3.5 de 5 estrellas, no llega al cuatro porque tampoco lo he encontrado especialmente destacable en nada. Una novela más del género con unos giros interesantes al final, pero sí recomendable para los amantes del género.
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