“Memory makes demands that you often can’t keep. Memory is faulty because it insists on filling in the blanks.”
The 2020 book by Harlan Coben, The Boy From The Woods follows a man with a mysterious past who must find a missing teenage girl. 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’s disappearance seriously, not even her father. 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 harbour secrets that could destroy the lives of millions… secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.