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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Boy from the Woods

"The boy from the woods" by Harlan Coben is a page-turner. I finished it in one day (during the Coved 19 lockdown, so there were no distractions like, you know, work), and I want to read it again really soon.

The book is pure Coben and it has everything: banter, lovable characters, pacing, philosophical bits to think about when you finish the last page. Go for it!

(Oh, except Win. This book doesn't have Win Horne Lockwood the Third, who is the sexiest man ever to inhabit the printed world. Win, please come back.)

From the blurb:
... a man whose past is shrouded in mystery must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community . . . and the world.

The man known as Wilde is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, he was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. After the police concluded an exhaustive hunt for the child's family, which was never found, he was turned over to the foster system.

Now, thirty years later, Wilde still doesn't know where he comes from, and he's back living in the woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast, comfortable only outdoors, preferably alone, and with few deep connections to other people.

When a local girl goes missing, famous TV lawyer Hester Crimstein--with whom Wilde shares a tragic connection--asks him to use his unique skills to help find her. Meanwhile, a group of ex-military security experts arrive in town, and when another teen disappears, the case's impact expands far beyond the borders of the peaceful suburb. Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and 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.

The Giver of Stars

"The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes was written in the author's trademark voice, full of warmth and charm. I confess to sad-crying midway and happy-crying at the end.

I don't read many historicals, and this book is set in the 1930s' Kentucky, so if it weren't for the fact that I really like this author, I probably wouldn't have read it. I'm so glad I did. This book is about women - librarians - who carry books on horseback to the families who can't make the journey into town. It's about friendship and about love and about justice.

Speaking of justice, I'd like to voice my two cents about the question of alleged plagiarism ( there is no copyright on a setting, or on ideas.