The plot centers around Paul Copeland, a county prosecutor with some political aspirations who is suddenly pulled into a murder case tied to his past. As a camp counselor, he was on duty when four campers – including his sister – snuck into the woods. Two were found murdered, and the others were presumed dead.
From there The Woods follows the fairly typical popular novel format. It has some decent twists and turns, certainly nothing literary, and a worthwhile ending. What made it a cut above other such novels was an interesting character in Copeland along the lines of the protagonist in the Spenser for Hire series, though this wanes a bit and is likely what slowed me down, and an ending that is legit. The author brings the reader to the ending as opposed to dropping in major facts out of nowhere at the end.
If you enjoy these type of novels – plot heavy, but nothing too heavy - this is a good option.