The Boy from the Woods: Wilde, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the number one New York Times best-selling author of Run Away.
Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.
No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father - with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde - with whom she shares a tragic connection - to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.
Wilde can't ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions...secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 8 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 17 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,818 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#73 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#79 in Domestic Thrillers
#346 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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I quit this 25% of the way in. To conclude, this boy from the woods was looking for a great plot and some originality, but ended up thinking one of his favourite authors may have rushed this or just tried something new and not got it quite right.
The story centres around Wilde, who got his name because he was found living alone in the woods. No one knows where he came from and he doesn't know his own name. He is found at the back of a property owned by Hester, the other main character. She is a criminal lawyer. Fast forward over the years, the mystery around Wilde has never been solved and he still spends a lot of his time living off grid in the woods. Hester and Wilde team up to try and track down a teenage girl who has gone missing. Some of the story is a little too dragged out, but some of it is classic Harlan. Fast paced, keeps you guessing, builds lots of strands together.
I liked the book, but it isn't one of his best.
This book is mostly Product Placement with a dull plot thrown up around that framework. The central character doesn’t make sense - he was in some kind of “ex-special forces” but he is a poor shot??? He is a woodsman and yet people track him with no difficulty??? And spoiler alert- this book has nothing to do with being wild in the woods. Nothing much to do with anything at all in fact. And the storyline of the “wild in the woods” boy doesn’t get resolved, and you know what? By now I don’t care.
Even on deal of the day I won’t be reading any more.