Advance reader reviews of Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer.

Man in the Woods

By Scott Spencer

Man in the Woods

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  • Barbara B. (New Bern, NC)


    A story of choices and faith
    While Scott Spencer brings to life each of his characters in his book “Man in the Woods”, I feel there are too many characters that stray from the main story line. Man in the Woods is a story about the chance meeting of two men in the woods and how that meeting changes the lives of so many. The story revolves around Paul Phillips, a carpenter, who finds his place in the world when he meets Kate Ellis, a recovering alcoholic, and Will Claff, a cruel man who is running away from his gambling debts and the dog Woody who was renamed Shep when he is saved by Paul. The ending would be good for a discussion group.
  • Lucy B. (Urbana, Ohio)


    Paul's Undoing
    Man in the Woods had my attention from beginning to end. It just goes to prove that it only takes a moment for something to happen to you that changes your life, in this case not for the better. Including the dog in the story provided some heartbreaking but also some lighter, tender moments. I have not read any other books by Scott Spencer, but I definitely will be reading others.
  • Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)


    A look at the randomness of life
    Scott Spencer has created two interesting characters - a carpenter who seems pulled from a slower and gentler time and his partner - a woman who has discovered sobriety and Jesus, and is making a career of it. He then looks at what happens to them and to the people they touch when the man does the unthinkable. Will he get away with it? Will he be able to live with himself if he does? What will it do to the people he loves? Is he still the man he thought he was? This would be an excellent discussion book.
  • Madeline (Sarasota, FL)


    A Quiet Tension
    I enjoyed this book overall but more for the writing than for the story. The quiet tone/voice of this novel emphasizes the underlying tension running throughout, and there are some great lines of razor-sharp description. But I felt a disconnect with most of the characters, especially the main ones, and I found I didn't care what happened to them as much as I wanted to.
  • Trezeline B. (Columbia, MD)


    What a Wonderful Read!
    The beautiful writing of Scott Spencer makes this book a very enjoyable read. The descriptions of the characters, relationships and events are superb. The ending, although not a surprise, leaves you thinking and feeling about the reading experience for a while. After finishing this book, I intend to read all of Scott Spencer's previous writings.
  • Diane D. (Cape Elizabeth, ME)


    A haunting story....
    Scott Spencer's Man in the Woods is a haunting story about the choices we make and the ripple effect they have in those around us. His characters were different and yet familiar feeling. His story caught me in its web from the very beginning and it was an enjoyable, if not eerie, ride to the end.....
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