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The Woods | [Harlan Coben]

The Woods

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened.

Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer 20 years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

©2007 Harlan Coben; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-18-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Engaging & Suspenseful Story"

    Great characters, twists and turns, a complex mystery, love story ... this book has it all. The narration was just average.

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    "Great mystery, well told story."

    My first discovery of Harlen Coben. Stands out from many mystery writers, and I have read hundreds. I will definitely look for more work from this author. Even the parts I thought were predictable turned out to have great twists. And it all tied together logically.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 05-17-08
    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 05-17-08 Member Since 2002

    I enjoy listening to audiobooks while woking in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.

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    "melodrama to the max"

    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.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 11-12-13
    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent thriller, with usual Scott Brick problem"

    I wish they would retire Scott Brick -- his wildly melodramatic readings are quite a problem considering I have entirely too many unheard audiobooks that I see are read by him ---- aaaaack. I won't buy anymore by him now that I know about his over-acting. He causes the characters to lack dignity, and that is too bad with The Woods because Cope, the main character, has a lot of dignity. I eventually switched to reading it as an ebook, and that worked better. Great thriller, I thought, gasping surprises and a complex but very clear plot. One of Coben's best standalone thrillers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 06-10-09
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "The Woods"

    It's pretty good. I love mysteries and it held my attention. I would probably recommend it. And I might get another book by this author.

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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 09-30-08
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 09-30-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Kept me interested to the end"

    This is a good human interest mystery, and when it is read by Scott Brick, it was very enjoyable. I like Iles books, in general and this one was one of the best.

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    Janet Glendale, NY, USA 07-02-08
    Janet Glendale, NY, USA 07-02-08
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    "Great Listen"

    In my opinion the story was well written, the narrator was very good, and if you lived in the 60's & 70's during the cold war and wide drug use it is all very feasible.

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    Lynn Leedy Fort Collins CO 01-21-09
    Lynn Leedy Fort Collins CO 01-21-09 Member Since 2004

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    "The Woods"

    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.

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    Cora Judd California 06-17-08
    Cora Judd California 06-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "forgettable"

    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.

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    Lori United States 05-02-14
    Lori United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "First Coben read...I Liked it"

    This is a good mystery, there were a few moments of implausibility but over all there was a good building of the back story, This is a back & forth in time story from when the main character is young ( late high school/early college) to when he is an adult and life has hit him pretty hard. A mystery from his youth resurfaces and now he is determined to solve the mystery that has effected his life for so long. There is a neat side story through his job as a prosecutor that was almost better then the main plot.
    I liked the premise of the story & the side court room story ; the journey did get a little far fetched at times and the ending was a little implausible. I did not like "the girl" sideline, she could have just stayed in the past and the story would have been better.
    Scott Brick, who I have liked in the past, was completely over dramatic, it was annoying at times and too melodramatic.
    I did enjoy the story enough to look for more Coben books to read, hoping Scott Brick does not narrate them all.

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