2007: #93 – The Woods (Harlan Coben)
Book #93 was The Woods by Harlan Coben. The back of the book reads:
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 prosecutorâ€™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.
I’m very glad I didn’t give up on Harlan Coben after my first mediocre experience with him. This was great. I really enjoy Coben’s conversational narration style. The only thing missing for me is that I would have liked to learn more about Paul’s sister (and if you read the book, I think you’ll know what I mean).
Page count: 404 | Approximate word count: 124,546