Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Publication: January 07, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. / Chicken House
Source: Publisher / Bought

Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.

A new psychological thriller from the award-winning and bestselling author of STOLEN and FLYAWAY.

The Killing Woods revolves around the mystery and murder of a teen girl named Ashlee. After Emily’s dad (suffering from PTSD) comes through the woods holding Ashlee’s dead body, the authorities believe that he is the one who killed her. Emily believes her dad is innocent and attempts to find proof of his innocence and the real killer.

Damon (Ashlee’s boyfriend) is confused when he wakes up and discovers that he is in his room and Ashlee is not there with him. He was the last person to see her, but cannot recall the events of the previous night.

The story alternates between Emily and Damon’s POV. So I was able to see Damon try to piece together what actually happened that night. As well as how Emily looked into what goes on in the woods and the Game that the local teenagers play there.

The story definitely has a dark, creepy, and mysterious atmosphere to it. I love mysteries that are a little unique and entertaining and The Killing Woods was exactly that.

RATING: 3-3 ½ out of 5.


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