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
Keeps you guessing right up to the very end! Fantastic story, great narration! A definite must-read for anyone that enjoys a twisting, unexpected plot.
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Well read and a good story. I love when I don't have it figured out and have to keep listening!
I didn't have a lot of expectations for this book because it was just a random pickup. I got sucked in right away. the performance was also a huge positive. I highly recommend
I like Coben's stories, and I liked Jonathon Marosz' narrations, but there is apparently a new narrator for Coben's stories, Scott Brick. Brick's style just doesn't suit me.
It is really hard to articulate why - Something about the phrasing and emphases. I just want to alert potential listeners to be sure they like the narrator before committing.
I did not finish listening to this book, and returned a second Coben book narrated by Brick that I had purchased without listening to it.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
When a mystery man turns up murdered in Manhattan, a decades old serial killing is brought back under microscope by Essex County prosecutor Paul Copeland, personally linked to both events, and in the midst of trying a pair of alleged rapists. These and other secrets converge in a page-turner of a tale that examines how far one would go to stand up for one's family, how far is too far, how the consequences may not be at all expected or intended.
This is a rare example of plot, character and theme coming together to tell a complete story, one that works at face value, and one that opens up several lines of thought. The one other Coben novel I've listened to (Six Years) was good, but did not click on all cylinders like The Woods. Scott Brick can be a brick, but with the tempo increased as I always do for one of his readings, he is not a distraction or a detraction.
I'm ready for more Coben.
I love to read and listen now too.
It was a good story that was easy to listen to at work and still keep focus on my tasks at hand. I liked everything about being at the camp, no matter the time frame. The narration was really good as well. I always knew which character was speaking or thinking at any given time.
Sorry, nothing to compare to. This was my first. Not in a hurry for more right now though.
Lead Investigator "MUSE", then maybe the TA for Lucy.
Yes, a couple of them. Spoilers though.Sorry. Best if I stay quiet.
This would have been a better listen if it were shortened up a bit, and a little more real time action described in the woods, as that is what it was called after all! The Russian flavor was interesting and unexpected as well.Getting to the final 5 minutes became anti climatic however; I just wanted to say >>> " REALLY ? ! " when it was finally finished.......
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