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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the #1 hit Netflix series Stay Close comes a gripping thriller in which Wilde follows a tip that may finally reveal the truth behind his abandonment—only to end up in the sights of a ruthless killer.

After months away, Wilde has returned to the Ramapo Mountains in the wake of a failed bid at domesticity that confirms what he’s known all along: He belongs on his own, free from the comforts and constraints of modern life.

Suddenly, a DNA match on an online ancestry database brings Wilde closer to his past than he’s ever dreamed, and finally gives Wilde the opening he needs to track down his father. But meeting the man brings up more questions than answers. So Wilde reaches out to his last, most desperate lead, a second cousin who disappears as quickly as he resurfaces, having experienced an epic fall from grace that can only be described as a waking nightmare.

Was his cousin’s downfall a long time coming? Or was he the victim of a conspiracy as cunning as it is complex? And how does it all connect to the man once known as The Stranger, a treacherous fugitive with a growing following whose mission and methods have only turned more dangerous with time?

©2022 Harlan Coben. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“This audiobook is an edge-of-your-seat gripper. …narrator Steven Weber is a wizard at making [the team] vivid to you with regional accents, attitude, and verve.… It's very skillful, very high-octane fun.”AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

“The topical follow-up to Coben’s best-selling The Boy from the Woods addresses reality shows, DNA searches, cyberbullying, and social media influencers in a suspenseful novel guaranteed to be a hit.”Library Journal (Starred Review) 

“Harlan Coben's puzzle-box mysteries have inspired numerous Netflix series, and his latest book, The Match, seems poised to follow suit.”Popsugar 

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A Great Suspense

Lots going on yet easy to follow. The twists and turns kept me engaged yet were all wrapped up in a logical fashion. By far my favourite narrator even after all these years. I highly recommend this series.

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Great listen!

Was a nice follow up / sequel. Couldn’t stop listening. Good character development and captivating story.

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There is quite a bit of repetition in book two from book one in the series. Less would have been better.

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The Match

I loved this book so much. I can not wait for the next one!
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Never disappoints! Thank you

Excellent narration. Perfect voices for each character. I really like these characters and want to learn more about them. Keep them coming!!

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Love a story when you don't see the ending coming.
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Far-fetched

I’ve always enjoyed Harlan Cobden novels but these two novels about Wild, the boy in the woods, was a bit far-fetched. It was an interesting concept and I enjoyed the first book. However, the second one wasn’t as enjoyable because once you found out that Wild was only about 4 or 5 years old living on his own in the woods, one started to ask questions like How could a 4-year old fend for himself? Or How would he know how to turn on a tv or DVD player in order to watch movies and learn English? Also, the whole deal about DNA was difficult to follow and disjointed.

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  • shelley
  • 2022-03-16

Best book I’ve listened to…

…this year!!!! I loved it! What a tangled web of lies, secrets and betrayal. In this book Wilde attempts to trace his history through the use DNA sites that give the subscriber possible family matches based on DNA similarities.
After receiving first one to a parent who after stressing and micro analyzing he chooses to meet with out first getting in contact to see if this is mutually acceptable.
He then attempts to connect with a possible cousin only to find out the man has committed suicide and he could have possibly prevented it. He finds out this cousin was adopted and this spikes his interest even more. After digging into the circumstances surrounding his death Wilde is sure the man may still be alive. He’s a reality show winner who is wrongfully publicly shamed for an indiscretion he actually didn’t commit. As Wilde begins looking into it people begin dying. Wilde is set up and if not for the indestructible Hester he might not have gotten out of it.
Meanwhile his relationship with his deceased best friend’s wife (Hester’s daughter in law) begins to heat up.
There is a GREAT SURPRISE ENDING.
Steven Weber does a wonderful job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Wayne
  • 2022-03-16

Satisfying finish to the short Wilde series!

Author Harlan Coben seems to have completed the Wilde series with all questions about Wilde's background resolved and his domestication assured. Hester even appears to have found peace in love and relaxation rather than endless work. The Match is a superbly written and narrated audio novel which despite a plot that includes a serial murderer has an idyllic ending. Satisfying listen!

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  • Stephanie Patton
  • 2022-03-17

Confused

Normally I love every book by Coben. This one left me with more questions than answers.
How do the two families connect? I don’t get it.
Someone please articulate!!!

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  • M.
  • 2022-03-17

another great book

what a great story, kept you hooked all throughout it. I loved it and Mr. weber did a great job. thank you

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-03-16

Always worth the wait

Another great book by Harlan Coben! His storytelling remains on-point with great twists and turns.

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  • Julia S.
  • 2022-04-07

Meh

I wish I liked this book more, but honestly I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I only sympathized with One of the characters, so that made it difficult to enjoy the story. I will say, I did not see the twist coming, however it was still uneventful.

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  • K. Strother
  • 2022-03-18

Keep the Wild coming!

Both books have been fantastic. Not only
Do I want more Wild, I would love an origin story. I also love how you brought Winn into the first Wild story via Hester. I would also love to read more Winn stories.

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  • Elise F
  • 2022-03-21

Rehash?

Have you ever read/listened to a book for the second time but you don’t realize it until the end? You remember what happened a split second before it happens? That is how I felt about this book - it is almost like the overarching themes were in another book and I saw the plot lines unfold. I was never a fan of the Wilde plot line and I did not like it this time either. I remain a major Harlan Coben fan but this was flat.

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  • Penny
  • 2022-03-17

Awesome

It was a very good book! I've read most of this authors books. Great story line!

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  • Stephen
  • 2022-06-13

my least favorite Harlan Coben series

I don't love Wild I don't love Hester as a matter of fact none of the characters in the series really appeal to me. I feel terrible because I think Harlan Coben is absolutely brilliant.

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