Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben.
The Boy from the Woods is a shocking thriller in which a man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl.
You grow immune to cruelty. It becomes the norm. You accept it. You move on.
A child comes out hardwired. That was what you learned as a parent - that your kid is who he is and what he is and that you, as a parent, greatly overstate your importance in his development.
Being a parent is like being a car mechanic - you can repair the car and take care of the car and keep the car on the road, but you can't fundamentally change the car. If a sports car drives into your garage for repairs, it isn't driving out an SUV. Same with kids.
When people decide to end their lives, they often exhibit a sense of calm. The decision has been made. A weight, oddly enough, has been lifted.
That was Matthew's grandmother. Nana never avoided a controversy if she could create one. It was both mortifying and comforting. Mortifying, well, that was pretty obvious. Comforting because he knew that his grandmother always had his back. He never questioned it. Didn't matter that she was small or seventy or whatever. His grandmother seemed superhuman to him.
Man may be evil or good, that wasn't the issue. The issue was that man rarely considered the consequences of his actions. In short, man was often just plain stupid.
Most people think, politically speaking, that the right and the left are on a linear continuum - meaning that the right is on one side of the line, and the left is obviously on the other. That they are polar opposites. Far apart from one another. But the horseshoe theory says that the line is, well, shaped more like a horseshoe - that once you start going to the far right and the far left, that the line curves inward so that the two extremes are far closer to one another than they are to the center. Some go as far as to say it's more like a circle - that the line bends so much that far left and far right are virtually indistinguishable - tyranny in one form or another
You move forward in life. You may give the old you a nod every once in a while, but the old you is gone and not coming back. That was often a good thing.
I never get the guys who get all bent out of shape when the woman makes more money. The way I've always looked at it, if I'm lucky enough to be with a highly successful woman, that makes me look better. The more successful my girl is, the more I look good. Make sense?
Nothing changes at a 7-Eleven. Time flows forward everywhere except in a 7-Eleven.
People underestimate the power of that bright, warm beacon known as fame - and how dark and cold it gets when that beacon goes out.
Nature paints her canvas, then you come along and think you can improve it. No. Nature is supposed to be, pardon the wordage, wild. You tame it, you lose what makes it special.
It would be a cliché to say prison ages a man, but sometimes the cliché is apropos.
You become so enmeshed in a charismatic leader, seduced by all that he can give you, that you can't see past his bullshit.
Life isn't lived in the black and white. People like to think so nowadays. All the online outrage, things are either all good or all bad. But life is lived in the gray. Life is lived in the nuances.