Friday Book Whimsy: The Boy From the Woods

Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. I particularly like his Myron Bolitar books, as it intrigued me to have the protagonist be a sports agent. I enjoy mystery books where the main character(s) is/are not typical detectives.

The protagonists in The Boy From the Woods are certainly not typical mystery-solvers. Wilde was found some 30 years ago in the woods, where he had lived for an unknown period of time. He was just a child, and had no memory of his past. Now an adult, he is most comfortable in his home in the woods where he lives by himself. He still has no memory of his past.

Still, he is friendly with the foster family who cared for him, and is friends with criminal attorney/television star Hester Crimstein, who is the mother of his best friend, who died in a car accident. It is Hester who draws Wilde into helping find a missing girl.

Naomi Pine was seriously bullied at school, and so it isn’t a great surprise when she goes missing. At first it is assumed she ran away from home, but soon people learn about her miserable school days and questions begin to arise.

Hester and Wilde work together to find this girl, and another boy who soon goes missing as well. They make a terrific team, and I liked both characters very much.

The novel ends with a lot of unanswered questions, which seems to scream to this reader that a series is in the works. I hope so, because I enjoyed this book, and want the answers to a lot of questions.

Here is a link to the book.