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 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.
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. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . A great read!
Posted October 03, 2010 by sflakes01 , ChicagoI was guessing till the very end. Every time I thought I knew who the guilty party was, I turned out to be wrong. This was a great read.....I highly recommend it.
2 . Couldn't put it down
Posted March 02, 2008 by Dcoop35 , MichiganWhen i picked up the Woods off of the shelves the first line grabbed me and i stood in the bookstore, in that exact place for 15 minutes. As all of Harlan Coben's books, they grab you right from the get go. I read Tell No One in a day and the thing I like best about HC's books is he keeps you guessing! You think you have it figured out.. but ya dont. You think this person is going to end up living this way.. but he doesn't. Read this book Its fabulous! Especially all the frank parent comments :)
April 16, 2007
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