The Woods Hardcover – 16 May 2007
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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)
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Top Customer Reviews
'The Woods' is a fast paced and fun thriller that contains some of Coben's favourite themes e.g. the past, lost loves etc. Although in many ways it is similar to other books that he has written I still enjoyed the book as he is able to convey great emotion in his characters and get you liking them instantly. I recommend this to anyone who likes an easy to read thriller.
The theme of the past is not new but it is familiar to life in that the past has a habit of resurfacing.
I liked the conflicting personality traits of the central character - Paul Copeland - strong in his sense of justice and basically a good friend and father but weak in personal traumas. This makes him more human - more alive.
The style of writing is emotional at times but full of suspense - I found it difficult to put this down.
The term "unputdownable" is used a lot (and horrible grammar), but this book really is. Unputdownable, that is. The grammar is top-notch. It's also funny. That came as a very pleasant surprise. The lead character, Paul "Cope" Copeland is a marvellously sardonic fellow, and in several places throughout, he has a few one-liners which made me laugh out loud.
The style of writing initially threw me a little. Coben is a fan of brief sentences; he often strings together 6 or 7 of them that only contain 3 or 4 words. It reads as a pot-boiler in some respects, and at first I found it incongruous. But as you begin to understand his characters more, you see that the rapid-fire dialogue and sentence structure fits perfectly.
All of his characters are extremely likeable and 3-dimensional, which is a feat considering how many of them there are. Even the bit-players of the piece are intriguing. For example, there is a coroner/pathologist called Tara O'Neill who features in only 2 scenes, but she's absolutely fascinating. (In fact, I'd rather like to see a book solely about her.)
The twists aren't quite as twisty as I expected. But, actually, for a good reason. The story is so involving, and the reader so drawn in, I spent time thinking up every possibility, such was my intrigue. So, when one of those possibilities turned out to be what happens next, I was a little let down. But that's not the fault of the author. It's my own. Pondering every conceivable answer is akin to reading the back of the book first.Read more ›
I find it fascinating how 'normal' these people are in the light of their extraordinary pasts, the fact that they can get hurt, can bleed, make mistakes - they are real. I really enjoyed it, and it's a keeper along with all the other Harlan Cobden's on my shelf.
If you are a fan of Myron, no this might not be for you - it is a totally different 'world' if you like, but nevertheless the class of writing remains stellar and I heartily recommend it to you.
Taking the case to prosecute two teenage "party" rapists, Cope is aware that his client isn't the type to wring the tears out of the jurors when she is up there on the stand. The father of one of the accused is the local big man about town, not at all happy with Cope's decision to pursue criminal charges against his son. A little pressure here, a few veiled threats, and Cope is backed into a corner. The whole town knows about his past; brother to a girl who disappeared at summer camp when the teenage Cope was supposed to have been keeping watch, and that his family life disintegrated in the aftermath. Four teenagers went into the woods that day; two of were found murdered and Cope's sister vanished, along with her boyfriend Gil Perez. Suspicion was once on Cope and perhaps it has never really been lifted. Called out of his daughter's school acrobatic competition by two snarly cops, Cope is taken to view the body of a murdered man who was found with clippings of the camp disappearances on his person. Not only that, the man has a ring that Cope recognises in an instant. It belonged to his sister Camille.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
...and not very good, lacks tension, excitement, characters that you like, can relate to etc... I realised halfway through that I'd already read it, wondered briefly why i couldn't... Read morePublished 9 days ago
Really enjoyed this book. Read it in a few hours on holiday. Great suspense and twists with an interesting storyline.Published 11 days ago by party bonnie
An unputtable down read. Fast paced and slick. Would have been five star but I felt the ending was rushed in an attempt to tie up loose ends.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This novel has some excellent twists and turns. It certainly kept me on edge right up to the last page and still leaves one wondering as to what would be liable to happen... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M C Davis
What can one say!! It was excellent, he just keeps writing brilliant books. Long may that continuePublished 1 month ago by jackieg1313
A gripping story, with lots of twists which keeps you guessing until the end. Highly recommended!Published 1 month ago by Lee
First book I downloaded on my Kindle - fantastic read if you're into detective crime thrillers. Witty, and keeps you guessing throughout the chapters. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant stand alone book with lots of twists and turns where you are kept guessing until the very last line.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer