Game of Thrones’ fans is aware of a line- “What is dead may never die.” This quote seems to give the gist of the book. A county prosecutor and single dad, Paul Copeland seems to have a hard time balancing his life.

“It’s not the dead even. They’re gone. Nothing you can do about that. It’s what’s left behind – the echo. These woods you’re walking through. There are some old timers who think a sound echoes here forever. Makes sense when you think about it. That Billingham kid. I’m sure he screamed. He screams, it echoes, just bounces back and forth, the sound getting smaller and smaller, but never entirely disappearing. Like a part of his is still calling out, even now.”

Twenty years ago, on a camp, four teenagers went missing, one of whom was Paul’s sister. A fact that Paul has never been able to forgive himself for. Assumed to be dead, the world is shocked as one of the four missing teenagers is killed. Everything that he has known to be true falls into question, and Paul is bent now more than ever to solve his sister’s murder mystery, but sometimes, some secrets are better left buried- as Paul would learn eventually.

I thought Paul was an amazing character. He seems genuinely nice – a good father, a good prosecutor and hardworking and determined, but he still had his own shortcomings. He is easy to connect with. I think Coben wrote the other characters well – Lucy, who you feel sorry for as this incident had destroyed her father and her life; his sister-in-law Greta, who tried to help Paul, and then would stand by her husband even when he did wrong; Gil’s family, who had tried to protect their son after the incident, for him to then be murdered and many others.

Well written, and fast-paced, this murder mystery is about more than just coming to accept facts, and that sometimes, the skeletons in your closet are better left untouched as disturbing the dead brings chaos. There are clues very well spread throughout the story and yet I did not entirely expect the outcome.

“We always seem to be on the eve of destruction. And we always seem to get through it. Maybe we all survive the destruction we have wrought.

Song Recommendation- Out Of the Woods by Taylor Swift

 

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