The story resumes following Wilde’s return to the New Jersey Ramapo Mountains after months in Costa Rica, his attempt at domesticity having failed. Before he left, he’d submitted his DNA to a genealogy site and now there’s been another match. The first had been to someone using the initials PB and listed as a second cousin. But this new one is different: the match is to his biological father. And, before he can reach out, the profile to DC disappears. With the help of noted NY defense attorney Hester Crimstein who is also his surrogate mother, he locates the man and Wilde proceeds on a journey that embroils him in the crazy world of reality TV, social media influencers and a strange vigilante group.
I continue to be intrigued by Wilde, the infamous “boy in the woods” who at almost forty is still trying to find his way. As he gets closer to discovering his identity, he has more questions than resolution. Meanwhile, his relationship with his godson Matthew and Laila, the teen’s mother and former wife of his deceased best friend, continues to evolve as he explores his origins. It was all fascinating if not a tangled mess that was a challenge to unravel. It all made for an exciting listening experience that gripped me from the first page.
While you don’t have to have read the first book to appreciate the mystery of this one, I’d encourage you to do so to better understand Wilde and get the weight of his transformation in this one. I love the narrator as he manages to capture his personality perfectly along with so many others, including Hester, my favorite. This story has so many dimensions and the vigilante group called Boomerang was a chilling factor. As with any of the author’s stories, there are a host of red herrings and delicious twists, all providing a reason for me not being able to put this one down until I got my answers. However, there’s still more to Wilde’s story, right Mr. Coben? Please say yes.
- Release Date: March 15, 2022
- Series: Wilde #2
- Narrator: Steven Weber
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 4 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)