I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
This is a pretty good story. However, the authors style is very melodramatic - too much so for my taste. i did not hate this book, however, I will not download another by this author soon.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Paul Copeland is the acting DA who is prosecuting two young boy's who belong to a fraternity at a nearby college, for the rape of an eighteen year old girl, who has a 15 month old child, taken money for sex and performs as a stripper. Both boy's parents are rich and have offered the DA a settlement, if the accuser will drop the charges. The girl would not concede to consensual sex, reiterating that she had been raped, even when cross examined by the defense attorney and they were brutal, she did not break. Copeland doesn't make her aware of the monetary offer because he wants the boy's to pay for their crime. Copeland believes his client, even with her history. She didn't lie to him nor the prosecutor. She was not proud of her behavior but told them she knew the difference between consensual sex and rape. And she had been raped.
This rape trial begins to unravel crimes that occurred 20 year's ago at a summer camp and this is why Paul Copeland, who attended this same camp when these crimes occurred, doesn't want to accept a monetary settlement. Copeland became a DA due to the crimes that had happened those twenty odd year's ago.
The belief was that two girl's and two boy's had been killed. One boy and one girl had been found buried in shallow graves. The other boy and girl, the girl was Copeland's sister, had never been found. A counselor had been questioned but was not arrested. The murderer had never been caught and prosecuted. Copeland's mother had left his father and son shortly after the occurrence because she could not deal with the loss of her daughter. Copeland grew up thinking that his mother didn't love him as much as his sister because he was left behind.
The defense begins to delve into the past of Paul Copeland and other people involved with the DA. The parent's hope is that this will create problems for the DA and Copeland will encourage his client to accept the money. The parent's continue to tell Copeland that the boy's are good and they don't want them to have a record. The DA put his investigator, Muse, to start searching for information that involved members of the defense and those affiliated with the defense. His client was truthful and had already admitted to her own incriminating evidence.
The Woods, was a great mystery. There was intrigue, suspense and it kept me very interested as to what would happen next. When I noticed that the narrator was Scott Brick, I was sure that with his narration and the reviews, the book would be a good one. I wasn't disappointed. I've listened to Harlan Coban before and liked his previous novels which added a bit more confidence that, The Woods, would be a good choice. The character's were well developed and I was given information that proved relevant to his/her actions. I didn't waste my credit when I purchased this book and I don't think that you will either. Your interest will be initiated from the beginning. You won't have to wade through chapter's before enjoying the book. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did.
I ordered this book as I enjoy Scott Brick's readings. However, the author Coben was a great surprise to me and I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting book. I certainly did not anticipate the ending.
The overall story was excellent - Suspenseful throughout.
What's not to like about Scott's performance? After more than a decade, I recently returned a book that I had bought because of its high rating, only to be disappointed with the reader. I have never been unhappy with a Scott Brick performance.
Laugh at times, and sigh with relief.
Coben & Brick make an unbeatable team.
Trite, cliche, overblown, predictable, egotistical, fill-in-the-blank, pompous, pale, dragged out, hashed, simplistic and juvenile drivel. Above all, utterly PREDICTABLE. I wasted my time.
In the beginning, I was annoyed at what seemed to be a predictable story. Boy was I wrong! Enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you addicted.
My ONLY complaint: something that is beginning to really rub me the wrong way with Coben's books (and I've consumed at least 20) is the objectification of women and the justification of amoral behavior...whether it be a cheating man ("some just do it and can't help themselves! Even with loving and happy families at home, there are certain types of men who just wouldn't be themselves if they stopped womanizing..."...what??
The authors liberal views and outright obsession with smut in a good number of his books detracts from his genius for me. All of the male protagonists in his books exercise an almost teenage boy mentality that I find cheap and less credible. Makes me feel like Coben himself is a bit of a pig and sexualizes all of his own experiences with every attractive woman he encounters. Gross!
And all of the female characters are these borderline pornstars who are totally cool, sexy and liberal about what is morally acceptable...playing into the male chauvinism. His books make it seem like women are only successful when they are using their bodies and looks to get ahead. Methinks Coben needs a reality check.
Swimming with Sharks
Got me hooked for more. Narration excellent. Recommend this novel for a good read in the woods