From Publishers Weekly
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
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