The man known as Wilde is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, he was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. After the police concluded an exhaustive hunt for the child’s family, which was never found, he was turned over to the foster system.
Now, thirty years later, Wilde still doesn’t know where he comes from, and he’s back living in the woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast, comfortable only outdoors, preferably alone, and with few deep connections to other people.
When a local girl goes missing, famous TV lawyer Hester Crimstein–with whom Wilde shares a tragic connection–asks him to use his unique skills to help find her. Meanwhile, a group of ex-military security experts arrive in town, and when another teen disappears, the case’s impact expands far beyond the borders of the peaceful suburb. Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.
My Mini Thoughts:
This was my first Harlan Coben book. I had high expectations because I have heard such great things about this author. However, this book wasn’t what I thought it would be.
There is so much mystery surrounding Wilde’s past. The title is The Boy From The Woods, but the book only touches on that. I wanted more information on Wilde. Also this book is labeled as a thriller in Goodreads, I would say it is more suspenseful than anything.
Now an investigator of sorts, Wilde is brought into a case when two local kids go missing. His military background and his knowledge of the area’s woods make him a huge asset. However, once Wilde starts investigating, the case takes a turn, a political turn. I’m not big into politics so I may have groaned when I got to that part of the story. Thankfully that story was more interesting than I thought it would be.
Overall this book left me with more questions than not. I did like certain parts of the book, so I would be willing to try this author again.
Book Rating: 3/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon.