Friday, August 15, 2014

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry

Publication: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Publisher

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

The Body in the Woods was a pretty entertaining summer read. The story revolves around three teens, Nick, Ruby, and Alexis who volunteer at a Search and Rescue. These three don’t really become close friends until they begin looking for a man that was lost in the woods, but end up discovering a dead body.

The story is told through each of their perspectives. It was interesting to see the murder investigation through the eyes of the teens. I have never read a book involving search and rescue like this before.  

The book was a pretty quick read. It was a good mystery, but I think my favorite by April Henry still has to be The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. This book is the first in a series. I’m interested in seeing what else the author has in store for this series.  If you are searching for a mystery that isn’t too heavy for a quick summer read, then The Body in the Woods might be what you’re looking for.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.

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