Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 508
Challenges: none

I’ve loved Harlan Coben’s books since I picked up the first Myron Bolitar books several years ago. I really missed Myron when he started writing standalone thrillers, but the thrillers have just been such fun that I’ve remained a fan.

The Woods is several stories in one. There is the mystery of what happened in the woods at a summer camp twenty years ago: six teenagers out in the woods after hours, two bodies found, two missing, and two who may or may not have told the truth about what happened. There is the current courtroom drama: privileged fraternity boys accused of raping a stripper who had been invited to a party at the house. The prosecutor in that case is Paul Copeland who just happens to be one of the teens who didn’t die or disappear that night in the woods twenty years ago. His sister was never seen again after that night. Is she dead? Is she alive? What about the murdered man in New York who may be connected to Paul and the summer camp case?

Throw in many many secrets, and lots of intertwining storylines and you get a book that I read in one day thanks to a long flight and lots of time waiting for taxis, planes and luggage. It was another great vacation read.