The Woods is the third Harlan Coben adaptation to make its way to Netflix. Set in Poland, the story revolves around an incident at a summer camp in 1994. Four teenagers went into the woods and none came out. Only two bodies were ever found and the mystery of what happened remains unsolved.
Fast forward to the present day and Pawel Kopinski (Grzegorz Damiecki), who was at the summer camp, is now a regional prosecutor. Out of the blue, he is contacted by a detective with regards to an unidentified murder victim that has been found. Kopinski is stunned when he realises that it could actually be one of the teenagers, Artur, that originally went missing all those years ago. What makes it even more intriguing is that Pawel's sister is also one of the missing, so could she possibly still be alive?
Simultaneously, he is also trying to prosecute two men for the rape of a young woman. Things become even more difficult when the father of one of the accused, a reporter, threatens to derail his life unless he stops the case.
So now Pawel Kopinski must go back in time, revisiting old ghosts if he wants to know what happened to his sister. And all while trying to protect his own family and job from being destroyed. But who can he trust and who is actually telling the truth?
The Woods is a story that unravels itself over six episodes. Similar to The Stranger and Safe, the previous Coben stories, The Woods has plenty going on. Lies, secrets, missing people, murder and threats all culminate in revealing what exactly happened at a teenager's summer camp in 1994. That also makes episode six the most gripping!
The effect of jumping through from the past to the present also rounds out the story really well. While it is largely a detective story about solving a crime, there is a more heartfelt undertone. This is a tale about right and wrong and just how far people will go to protect their children and it is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. And if you loved The Woods, check out The Sinner for another stellar whodunnit!