Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Title: The Killing Woods
Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: January 7th 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384 pages
ISBN #: 0545461006

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Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark. Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?

When I first got this book for review, I stared at it for a few minutes, read the summary and then put it down.  At first I didn't think it was a book that I wanted to really read right away, seeing as it wasn't something that I would usually read.  It took me a few weeks to pick it back up, but this book stayed with me.  I kept thinking about it and wondering what it would actually be like to read it.  So when I finally picked it up, I was so intrigued that I read it in one sitting. 

I will say that there are parts that were pretty predictable, but they weren't so much so that I didn't want to stop reading. I guess this just shows that just because it's not what you usually read, doesn't mean you wont actually enjoy it, because I loved reading this book.  

There are some great twists and turns in this book that weren't very predictable and I think that's what kept me reading.  This book is very sad though, so fair warning, I cried while reading The Killing Woods.  So points for the author getting that emotion out of me.  Again this is a book with duel narrative and I really enjoyed that about it. There isn't much of a romance in this book and to be honest I don't think there could have been and the book still be realistic.  I probably wouldn't have liked it if there had been romance.  

If you are looking for something that isn't the ordinary read, this is the book for you.   If you are looking for something different, then pick up The Killing Woods. I recommend this author and will read other books by her when they are released.  

Going to give The Killing Woods an Ali's Bookshelf...

Plot: 19/20
Writing: 19/20
Characters: 20/20
Creativity: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

Total: 97 out of 100 

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