Wednesday 20 April 2022

Book ~ "The Match" (2022) Harlan Coben

From Goodreads ~ Wilde has grown up knowing nothing of his family, and even less about his own identity . All he knows is that, as a young child, he was found living a feral existence in the Ramapo mountains of New Jersey.

He became known simply as Wilde, the boy from the woods.

Now Wilde has had a hit on the DNA website he has been researching. A 100% match. His father. They meet up, and Wilde soon realises that his father doesn't even know he had a son and is as mystified as Wilde is by his existence.

Undaunted, Wilde continues his research for his family on DNA websites where he becomes caught up in a community of online doxxers, a secret group committed to exposing anonymous trolls.

Then one by one these doxxers start to die, and it soon becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting this secret community - and that his next victim might be Wilde himself.

When Wilde was young, he was found wandering around in the woods alone.  He didn't know his name or where he came from and was put in foster care.  He's lived his life basically as a loner, living in an eco-trailer in the words, though he is close to a few people including his godson, Matthew; Matthew's mother, Laila (she is the widow of his best friend, David) and Hester, David's mother.  He is starting to get curious about where he came from so he sends his DNA to a site and gets a close match who he discovers is his father.  They meet and and rather than causing problems for his newly found father, he doesn't contact him again.

Wilde also gets a match to a second cousin named Peter.  Peter was on a reality show where he met his wife, Jenn, and they seemed like a perfect couple.  But then things came out about Peter and it seemed that he can't face them and disappeared ... everyone assumes he has committed suicide.  Wilde isn't sure he believes this, especially once people start getting murdered and Peter seems to be a key.

I've read a few books by this author and thought this one was okay.  There was a lot going on that seemed a bit convoluted but it all came together in the end.  The book is written in third person perspective, with a focus on wherever the action was.  It is in first person perspective in some chapters in the killer's voice.  This is the second in the "Wilde" series ... I didn't realize this when I started reading it.  It worked as a stand alone, though it would be helpful to have read the first one (which I will) because there were references to things that had happened in the past.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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