The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
30 years ago, a boy was found in the New Jersey backwoods with no memory of how he got there. They named him Wilde. Now ex-military, he still prefers to live outdoors and alone. When a local girl, Naomi, goes missing and nobody seems bothered, Wilde is asked by Hester Crimstein to use his unique skills to find Naomi. To do so he needs to engage in a community he never fitted into and where the powerful are protected even when keeping secrets. Dangerous secrets…
I’ve always enjoyed this author’s books and this one is no different for me, it was a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. It was good to see Hester as a main character instead of a secondary one, she is quite a sassy woman which I love haha. Wilde was an interesting lead character although I wish we had got a bit more closure about his origins…I feel like maybe he will come back in future novels? That might just be a hope though haha. I don’t really get into American politics so the parts of the story that referenced this were the parts I least enjoyed (mainly because I don’t really understand the American political scene). I find the reviews for this one a bit interesting because I’ve noticed some long time fans of this author saying this one felt different and they didn’t like it. I did enjoy it however I can agree it does have a different feel to previous novels, I didn’t find this a bad thing like some others seem to.
I’d happily recommend this one.