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, grief at the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his 6-year old daughter alone after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distract 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 body 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 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. And can he find absolution?O Once again Harlan Coben delivers his unique mix of powerful characters, lightning pace and twists in a stunning new novel about family, lost secrets and mistakes that can haunt a life forever.
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Publisher and industry reviews
'This stand-alone thriller will keep him on the bestseller lists and assures him VIP treatment at this summer's Harrogate Crime Festival.' -- Daneet Steffens TIME OUT 'Coben is skilled at weaving this kind of mystery and keeps us guessing till the end' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Coben's novels are becoming more and more popular with each release, and this one cements his reputation as a top-class mystery writer.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'A powerful thriller' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Coben is one of America's best thriller writers, and his touch doesn't desert him here' THE LONDON PAPER 'Coben will keep you guessing to the end' NEWS OF THE WORLD 'Perfect pace and precision tool plotting... The Woods will pick you up by the scruff of your neck and not put you down until you finish it' -- Paul Connelly LONDON LITE 'A cracking thriller that whizzes along at top speed' DAILY EXPRESS 'A plot which is satisfyingly thick in a story that produces shocks and twists by the cartload. Writing so taut it almost twangs' DAILY SPORT 'Harlan Coben has never been hotter...his latest mystery The Woods is published to widespread adulation' METRO 'The Woods is completely unputdownable - and this summer's must read book!' PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'Coben's innate ability to tell a story that is exhilarating, absorbing, uplifting and poignant without his ever revealing the strings he uses in order to pull at the emotions. All in all, this is a superb read and deserves every ounce of success it is guaranteed to receive.' CRIME TIME 'A gripping thriller' THE WORKS 'As it shifts between first and third-person narrative, the novel powers on relentlessly and carries the reader with it. A page-turner with a crocodile bite.' SHOTS 'Another wonderful, wonderful Coben' SOUTHAMPTON DAILY ECHO 'A compulsive read' BOLTON NEWS 'Gripping' BELFAST NEWS LETTER 'The Woods is a story where nothing is as it seems and is a compulsive read.' IRISH EXAMINER 'A story that keeps you guessing to the very end... a thoroughly good read.' THE AMERICAN 'Wonderful idiomatic dialogue, pithy characters and ever-surprising plotting' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'An enjoyable read' IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY
About the author
Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of THE TIMES, the NEW YORK TIMES, LE MONDE, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and the LOS ANGELES TIMES. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
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