Archive for August 14th, 2013

woodsOK, back to reading popular fiction in the summer… I just finished The Woods by Harlan Coben. This novel is an improbable and implausible legal thriller… the perfect read for lazy summer days.

Mr. Coben is a very popular author these days and I have read a couple of his other books and have found them to be very entertaining. The Woods, which is several years old now (it seems all my summer novels are “vintage” these days), is probably not his best work, but it is a compelling story full of the twists and turns one likes in a pulpy summer escapist read. Enough qualifiers for you?

About The Woods by Harlan Coben: “Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor’s family are threatened.”

The pacing in The Woods is perfect for picking it up and reading a chapter or two between summer activities. If you like the legal thriller genre, ala Scott Turow or John Grisham, then you will most likely enjoy The Woods or any of Mr. Coben’s novels.

The Woods by Harlan Coben is available from Amazon and other fine retailers.

It has been a few weeks since I featured a picture of my favorite sight – the view of Mount Chocorua across the lake that shares its name from Tamworth, NH.

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I realized that most of the pictures I have featured of this view in the past have been taken from a bridge that crosses the small creek that connects the lake to another pond.  The bridge itself is very photogenic and I thought made a nice frame for the stunning view (above).

The railing of the Lake Chocorua bridge in full view:

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