The Woods - Harlan Coben

The Woods

By Harlan Coben

  • Release Date: 2007-04-17
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,577 Ratings



The bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix drama The Stranger takes readers into the heart of family loyalty in this twisty page-turner that proves that the darkest secrets are often closest to home.

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....


  • Not his best work

    By 33vyk
    Was disappointed in this book, story dragged and ending was disappointing.
  • Outstanding!

    By JessD0304
    Loved this book! Full of suspense from start to finish, could not put it down!
  • Harlem Coben fan, compared to other work.

    When choosing a good story to read, Coben is my go-to. When I saw the fairly inexpensive price tag on this piece, it was a no-brainer. Now that I have finished the story, I cannot say that I would have felt I had gotten my monies worth from it if it had been much higher in price. If you’re looking for a thriller that will immerse you and lead you with a leash to the last page, this is not it. Don’t expect a climax that will have you reeling, nor a fully realized narrative that will have even your subconscious mind invested. As far as Coben goes, this is far from a favorite for me. HOWEVER, that’s not to say this story doesn’t have its place. I awarded it four stars for the simple fact that it is in and of itself, a concrete tale that isn’t hard to follow and has its points of interest. The beginning is enticing, the meat of the plot is heavy with thorough story-telling, and the ending is resolute, if not fairly predictable and underwhelming. Bottom line: Harlan Coben delivers another great story with his distinct style, but in my personal opinion, this one should be put a little further down your list. My suggestions would be ‘Six Years’, ‘Stay Close’, ‘The Stranger’ or ‘Fool Me Once’. While you won’t be disappointed with ‘The Woods’, necessarily, I just don’t think it does Coben’s library justice. If this is your first of his, you’re barely scratching the surface of his amazing linguistic style.
  • Good book

    By Cook Y Jar
    Kept my interest the whole book. A real page turner. Satisfying ending.
  • So good

    By sjb2524
    The Woods was the first Coben novel I read! Once I started I could not put it down! His relatablility to his characters make the book seem so real and draws the read in! The plot line of the story is unique and tear jerking! I will always remember The Woods! It's a must read
  • Loved this book

    By Nicekatenice
    I really like the conversational style of this book. I really got into the characters and felt like i was sitting somewhere hearing a story over a cup of coffee. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story
  • Great read!

    By PA doc
    Fast paced, fun to read and totally worth your time. This book has you on the edge of your seat till' the very end; another great Coben book!
  • The Woods

    By Mani3799
    I've never read such an amazing book! I bought it at 12:00 am and I'm ending right now 9:47 pm! The twists and turns try to make you assume things, but don't jump to occlusions because the truth always comes out! Now stop reading this and buy the book!!!!!
  • The Woods

    By Prairie mike
    Excellent read. Hard to keep up with the twists and turns and "see" the end. I might rate 4 1/2 but couldn't get the half star.
  • The Woods

    By CreekNine
    Corban excels again! Great read. Hard to put down.