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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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  • Rob
  • Auburn Hills, MI, USA
  • 06-01-08

You can't loose with this one!

What a great story!. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to it. I ususally just listen in my car during my commute, but this time I was listening to it when I got home. Great characters and an excellent 2nd story line(kind of Law&Order like). Just when you think you figured it out, they give another twist. You can't loose with this one. And last but not least, it's Scott Brick doing the reading and he just makes it even better.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Sit back, relax and enjoy....

Having listened to numerous Coben books already, I was not surprised to have enjoyed this story.
Coben's writing flows easily from one sentence to the next paragraph into a chapter very smoothly - progressively adding details but never leaving you behind.
A twist is expected from this genre and Coben achieves this. The revelation however is not an emphatic "Ha, bet you didn't see that coming!" but more of an emotional "oh my god!".
The characters (some stereotyped to a point) are believable, allowing you to easily associate and understand them.
Scott Brick is a master narrator and delivers the story with dramatic effect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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My First From Author, Wow

What did you love best about The Woods?

I admit to not knowing some of the other great reads from this author. I can tell you this was a good imaginative story, well told, that entertained from the start. I don't like horror or gore so if I see those 2 words in a review, I skip the read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woods?

As Cope finds out hidden family secrets this story keeps you glued to the read. Author's skill is to keep you finding out clues right up to the end.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I purchased on the Scott Brick reader sale, what a buy!
Use the new 1.25x speed to get the full impact of this story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

this story kept you glued to the listen so I purchased 2 more of Harlan Corban's stories from the S.B. sale. What a deal

Any additional comments?

many thanks Audible for sharing new author's read by a true performer, Scott Brick, who partners with each of his authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow

Incredible- a 5 except some of the last few chapters were too lengthy with too much technical detail- drug on too long
That said, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes a great mystery!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story was exciting but narration cheap...

The narration was what really took this book from interesting and mysterious to hokey. If you like "film-noir" style narration, then you will love this listen. I, however found it funny and distracting.

The end goes right up through the epilogue. (New revelations, puzzle pieces coming together, etc.) So, that was fun. The story wasn't bad and I appreciated the fast pace.

One more thing about the narration...it sounded of poor production quality compared to my other audios. (Like narrator was in a tunnel)...maybe I'm picky but it was another distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Tired of Scott Brick

This is a great example of a good book that Scott Brick finds a way to drag down. I am tired of his overly dramatic, repetitive, and off the mark narrating. The Woods was able to keep my interest despite this, so check-mark for Coben.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I love Harlan

Typical Coben... But that's why I listen.
Twisted stories you dont see coming. Never disappointed.. And I will continue to listen to everyone of his stories

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 02-21-15

Another good Harlan Coben

As usual Harlan Coben can keep you interest from the beginning to the end. If you don't have the book, it's well worth the credit, or at a discount price....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hard to put down

There were plenty of plot twists. At the end most of them began to come together, but there were still surprises. Love this narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Twists, but not the best.

I'm a fan if Harlen Coben, Honestly I struggle to read this one. Maybe it was me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful