The Boy from the Woods
Growing up in the wild and having no family or roots a young boy must learn to fend for himself and live off the land. But when he is finally found what kind of person or life will he have? The prologue sets the stage for this dramatic drama as we progress to the present and meet this young boy as an adult. He calls himself Wilde which fits his personality and the fact that he lives in the woods in an Ecolab. Never wanting to live in a home or with others, he isolates himself except when needed in time of distress by those that have formed close bonds with him.
Within this community where others live, Wilde meets many who touch his life such as his Godson, Matthew, his mother Laila and a powerful investigative television reporter named Hester Crimson. Hester is Matthew’s grandmother who will do anything to protect him so when he comes to her with an urgent request little do, they both realize that the events that happen will snowball and lives will be at stake.
Cover ups , tapes that would incriminate those close to a certain politician, but first Naomi Pine is a teen that is being abused, ridiculed and made to feel inferior and not belong. Groups of students berate and physically abuse her in class and the teachers and administrators do nothing to stop torment. This’ll found disturbing when reading this novel. Yet Mathew Crimstein wants answers as to why she is not in school and contacting his grandmother and Wilde he won’t stop until he learns where she is and why she’s disappeared. Relentless in his texts and questions he enlists the help of his grandmother to use her resources to find her, but this brings on catastrophic results. Airing the fact that she’s missing on her broadcast would result in the unexpected from Matthew Who is naive and has no idea about how things in the media can help or hinder. Secrets run wild as Wilde approaches her mother who refuses to respond with anything other than she’s not with me and she does not really care about her . The father seems to care but the truth behind him will shock readers so why does Wilde find her hiding in the basement .
Living in Westville everyone knows everyone’s business and there’s a link to the upcoming presidential elections. Rusty Eggers is a Senator with secrets to hide. He is as dangerous as our real admiration and his ideology like Hitler. Matthew does not want anyone to know he’s concerned and yet it’s apparent in his actions.
Hester must take time from defending financial consultant Simon Greene to find Naomi, but her grandson is not very forthcoming with what he knows.
Naomi shows up but when returning to school we learn her disappearance was linked to a game called Challenge. Thinking that if she follows the rules and wins the challenge she would not be abused by these classmates. Wrong
Linked to Crash Maynard whose parents are linked to Eggers, and whose father is the producer of his show, Dash Maynard is hiding something too. Then she comes back but disappears again along with Crash but not before the teens enact punishment on Matthew for going to Hester for help but Wilde finds out he’s in the home of the Maynard’s, has to bypass his security, along with Colonel Chambers who’s linked to someone else. Matthew even comes clean for the mean things he did to Naomi too as each set of parents have their own agendas but what about Naomi’s?
When Crash is deemed missing and a random note appears, the demand is not for money. They wanted the incriminating tapes that Dash, and Delia Eggers had hidden for 30 years that would link Eggers to a homicide. Yet things get even more tense when. the kidnappers threaten to harm Chase if their demands are not met.
Tensions rise, heated threats are hurled, and Hester takes in the Maynard’s as clients but refuses to allow their security, Gavin to attend their meeting but Hester is smart and soon realizes he’s hiding something too and thinks he bugged the room.
Added in we meet Amy O’Brien a teacher in the school who befriends Naomi but why? Texts are not received as often between Wilde and Naomi but when she does answer why does she want him to steer clear.
Lies, betrayals and Saul Strauss are another player involved as he pretends to want to work with Wilde and share information. Added in we learn about his role, Gavin’s and Dash’s role in the murder coverup that would cause someone to spend over 34 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Things rise when Wilde is sent to get Crash but what is there is not the teen but something else and shocking.
Wilde and Hester collaborate, Strauss takes him to meet the man that is spending his life in prison for a murder he did not commit. When Wilde faces off with the blackmailer, his accomplice and learns just who else was involved in the coverup, author Harlan Coben springs a subtle twist and an unusual turn that will leave readers gasping and wondering what is next. When the dust settles Hester comes face to face with the ex-Mrs. Pine and harsh truths about Nathan her ex’s treatment of Naomi are revealed but what about her neglect and her lack of passion and empathy for her adopted daughter? A scene that is priceless and lets you know that you want more of Hester in the future added in her relationship with Oren and the truth behind her son’s death author Harlan Coben has hard hitting, tough and individual characters that are set apart from each other in different ways. The ending will make you wonder just where will the boy from the wood’s windup? This novel brings to light the issues of family loyalties, distrust, loneliness, abuse, bullying, unhappiness, fear, corruption, greed, political deceptions and how someone that lived in the wild is still not truly comfortable with long standing relationships, living in a regular community and hoping for a normal life. Adoption agencies need to be more vigilant and monitor the care of the child for a least the first five years living with adoptive parents so they know that the child will be safe and thrive. All too often foster care agencies and other social services are understaffed, and children fall into the cracks. This is one book that brings this out.
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