Tuesday 10 May 2022

Book ~ "The Boy From the Woods" (2020) Harlan Coben

From Goodreads ~ Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father - with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can't ignore an outcast in trouble but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions ... secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.

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 teenage godson, Matthew; Matthew's mother, Laila (she is the widow of his best friend, David) and Hester, David's mother.  

Matthew becomes concerned when Naomi, one of his classmates who is constantly being bullied, disappears and he looks to his grandmother and Wilde for help in finding her.  Once she is found, she disappears again along with one of the more popular boys, whose family is rich.  There are rumours that they had run off together.  Or does it have something to do with a radical senator, who wants to be president, and the supposed tapes about him revealing a secret?

I've read a few books by this author and thought this one was okay.  There was a lot going on that seemed 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.  This is the first in the "Wilde" series ... I'd read the second one a couple weeks ago not knowing it was part of a series.  The second one worked as a stand alone but reading this first one explained a lot of the references in the second one.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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