Language: English
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780525950127
Pages: 416
Price: 582 INR

Harlan Coben, the bestselling author of  ‘Tell No One‘ is regarded as an acclaimed author in mystery and thrillers. And, his book The Woods can be seen as just another novel in that genre. Nothing special in my opinion, but worth a read.

The story is written in the first person by the central character, Paul Copeland. Twenty years ago at summer camp, Paul Copeland’s sister had died in the woods, the alleged victim of a serial killer. Her body was never found. Paul is at present the prosecutor for Essex County in New Jersey and being dragged into one of the biggest cases of his career. He is still haunted by a fateful night, decades earlier, when their night-time tryst allowed some younger campers, including Cope’s sister to wander into the woods and disappear, presumed dead. A case that will change everything he believed about the past and the truth that he thought he knew.

Harlan Coben sure does know how to write a thriller. The different strands of the plot are woven together to develop an appealing end. The introduction of the novel in particular will grab the attention of the readers, want them to discern more. An interesting mention here must go to the conclusion of the story- it’s something the readers will not be expecting. Frankly speaking, I see no reason why this book was selected as one of the books in Reader’s Digest Select Editions. The concept of this story is refreshing and a bit different, but not exceptional.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Ushnav is basically from Mumbai and spiritually from Trivandrum. He spends his time juggling between an engaging life at SIMC, Pune and thinking of and putting down ideas for short stories and his novel. He is a ‘poetic photographer’ and a thespian of words.