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Woods,The (Cd) (Abr.) [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Harlan Coben
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April 24 2007
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.

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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.)
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Twists and Surprises Sept. 22 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Harlan Coben novel. Certainly not to be my last. A phenomenal writer, Coben grips you and won't let go until the very last page. I think his newer works (2000 and later) have slightly higher levels of sophistication and plot development. This will not stop me from reading the entire library of Coben novels.

I would suggest this as your first read of Harlan Coben. Enjoy the plot and his intricately drawn characters. And hold on to your hats...
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK Nov. 4 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I started reading the book and Paul saw his father burying something, for the whole book I thought I had it figured out.

But as Harlan Coben does everytime he gets you thinking you know the answer and BOOM it never is the right answer.

I am totally in awe of this man's creative writing. To put a book together like this just can't be done by just anyone.

He is without a doubt the best author I have read in a long time.

In fact I just ordered another book by him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary people with extraordinary secretes. . . April 20 2007
Just started reading Coben recently; I had recommended "Tourist in the Yucatan" to a friend. He already read "Tourist" and recommended I should also like Coben as thier styles were similar. Well, I took my friends advice and have become a big Harlen Coben fan! I like the way Coben takes seemingly ordinary people and then puts them in extraordinary circumstances. I think it makes for a much better thriller than the typical world weary cops and detectives or the super-human antics of some of the genre's characters. With Coben we real people in unreal or terrifying situations and that makes it seem all the more real. He also knows how to create emotional connections between the reader and the characters.

In this one we have a county prosecutor who is pulled into reliving an old tragedy from his youth and his loss of innocense. The story is ultimately about redemption. If you are looking for a smart thriller that does not follow the rules, I highly recommend this book!
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