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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 from 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 twenty 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.

Review:

"At the start of this disappointing stand-alone from bestseller Coben (Promise Me), Paul 'Cope' Copeland, acting county prosecutor for Essex County, N.J., and Lucy Gold, his long-lost summer camp love, are still haunted by a fateful night, decades earlier, when their nighttime tryst allowed some younger campers, including Cope's sister, to venture into the nearby forest, where they apparently fell victim to the Summer Slasher, a serial killer. Cope's intense focus on a high-profile rape prosecution of some wealthy college students shifts after one of the Slasher's victims, whose body was never found, turns up as a recent corpse in Manhattan, casting doubt on the official theory of the old case. Cope's own actions on that night again come under scrutiny, even as the highly placed fathers of the men he's prosecuting work to unearth as many skeletons as possible to pressure him into dropping the rape case. Less than compelling characters fail to compensate for a host of implausibilities. Hopefully, Coben will return to form with his next book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Harlan Coben's 'The Woods' is what George Orwell liked to call a good bad book. Coben's fans, who've made several of his books bestsellers, will think the novel good because it's a lively, fast-moving entertainment, jampacked with the bizarre plot twists that are his stock in trade. But the novel is bad because Coben misses no opportunity to jazz it up and dumb it down. He seems to regard his readers... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A]nother surprising and emotional story that will remain with the reader long after the last page is finished. One of Coben's best." Library Journal

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"The Woods is one more proof of Coben's skill at creating believable action without gratuitous violence." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"Every prosecutor wins some and loses some over the course of a career....The book, however, is all win for the reader." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Synopsis:

Twenty years ago at summer camp, Paul Copeland's sister died in the woods, the alleged victim of a serial killer. Her body was never found. Now, Paul is the prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey, immersed in one of the biggest cases of his career-a case that will change everything he believes about the past...and the truth.

Synopsis:

Paul Copeland, a New Jersey county prosecutor, is still grieving the loss of his sister twenty years ago-the night she walked into the woods, never to be seen again. But now, a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to the disappearance. The victim could be the boy who vanished along with Paul's sister. And, as hope rises that his sister could still be alive, dangerous secrets from his family's past threaten to tear apart everything Paul has been trying to hold together...

About the Author

Harlan Coben is the #1 bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, including Promise Me, The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Gone for Good, and Tell No One, as well as the popular "Myron Bolitar" series. Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Harlan Coben lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

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ksm14, April 25, 2007 (view all comments by ksm14)
This is one of Harlan Coben's better books. Lots of suspense and an ending that leaves you thinking about how you would handle the situation(s). No pat solution and issues to think about long after you finish the book. Well worth reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525950127
Author:
Coben, Harlan
Publisher:
NAL Trade
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Missing children
Subject:
New jersey
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.20x6.48x1.44 in. 1.49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525950127 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of this disappointing stand-alone from bestseller Coben (Promise Me), Paul 'Cope' Copeland, acting county prosecutor for Essex County, N.J., and Lucy Gold, his long-lost summer camp love, are still haunted by a fateful night, decades earlier, when their nighttime tryst allowed some younger campers, including Cope's sister, to venture into the nearby forest, where they apparently fell victim to the Summer Slasher, a serial killer. Cope's intense focus on a high-profile rape prosecution of some wealthy college students shifts after one of the Slasher's victims, whose body was never found, turns up as a recent corpse in Manhattan, casting doubt on the official theory of the old case. Cope's own actions on that night again come under scrutiny, even as the highly placed fathers of the men he's prosecuting work to unearth as many skeletons as possible to pressure him into dropping the rape case. Less than compelling characters fail to compensate for a host of implausibilities. Hopefully, Coben will return to form with his next book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]nother surprising and emotional story that will remain with the reader long after the last page is finished. One of Coben's best."
"Review" by , "The Woods is one more proof of Coben's skill at creating believable action without gratuitous violence."
"Review" by , "Every prosecutor wins some and loses some over the course of a career....The book, however, is all win for the reader."
"Synopsis" by ,
Twenty years ago at summer camp, Paul Copeland's sister died in the woods, the alleged victim of a serial killer. Her body was never found. Now, Paul is the prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey, immersed in one of the biggest cases of his career-a case that will change everything he believes about the past...and the truth.

"Synopsis" by ,

Paul Copeland, a New Jersey county prosecutor, is still grieving the loss of his sister twenty years ago-the night she walked into the woods, never to be seen again. But now, a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to the disappearance. The victim could be the boy who vanished along with Paul's sister. And, as hope rises that his sister could still be alive, dangerous secrets from his family's past threaten to tear apart everything Paul has been trying to hold together...

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