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Title:
The woods
Author:
Coben, Harlan, 1962-
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2007]

℗2007
Physical Description:
11 audio discs (approximately 12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781597376372

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Summary

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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Paul 'Cope' Copeland finds connections to an old case in a current, high-profile rape case.


Author Notes

Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4, 1962. After receiving a political science degree from Amherst College, he worked in the travel industry in a company owned by his grandfather. He writes the Myron Bolitar series and Mickey Bolitar series. His other works include Gone for Good, The Innocent, The Woods, Hold Tight, Caught, Stay Close, Six Years, Missing You, The Stranger, Fool Me Once, Home, and Don't Let Go. Tell No One was turned into the multiple award-winning 2006 French film Ne le Dis à Personne. He was the first author to win the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Superstar thriller writer Coben has an uncanny knack for getting readers to care deeply about his main characters--fast. Maybe it's that he often sets a metaphorical time bomb next to his main character's head, or puts him in metaphorical quicksand on page 1, or introduces a conflict so gripping you can't see how the hero can pull through. But Coben gets you tangled completely in his elaborate plots even before they really take off. In his latest, Coben uses the device of a very sympathetic character whose past threatens to engulf him at the outset. The hero, Paul Copeland, is an Essex County, New Jersey, prosecutor and a widower with a six-year-old daughter. The novel starts with two cops entering a school gym where Copeland is watching his daughter try to tumble. His own life tumbles when the cops lead him to the morgue, where he identifies a dead man whom he believed had been murdered, along with Copeland's own sister, almost 20 years before. The murder that destroyed his parents and continually threatens Copeland's psyche took place at a summer camp when a wealthy counselor slashed the throats of a series of victims. As Copeland is dealing with the reemergence of the long-ago trauma, he is also involved in prosecuting a group of rich fraternity kids for the rape of a stripper. Both cases place Copeland in increasing, heart-stopping danger. Another Coben gripper. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2007 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Four teens entered the deep, dark woods, and two returned. Now county prosecutor Paul Copeland is facing a case that recalls his sister's disappearance that fateful night. With a national tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.