I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Series: Point Last Seen #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on Expected June 17th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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.
Thriller and YA? LOVE!
These characters are A MA ZING! I just love how they dealt with life and the issues surrounding them. And then they find a body in the woods! What the hell? I would have freaked probably… well I’m a bit morbid so maybe not, but probably so after the adrenaline wore off. These kids? They were awesome. Each reacted differently but totally accordingly. Ruby, however, was my favorite.
Ruby is an odd gal that loves CSI and all those cop and true life crime shows. She was spouting out quotes and how to do a certain job TO A COP! The situation was serious but I just had to laugh. This girl is hands down, awesome! I loved every word with her.
The other two, Alexis and Nick are just as great but in their different ways. Alexis has some serious issues which you find out a bit later in the book. She’s closed herself off to the world because of these issues. As do most adults! I like her character arc the best out of all three. She is just amazing and doesn’t know how to show it.
What I loved was how April Henry was able to put the different chapters into different points of view. Even the killer’s view. This was fabulous. I got a look at the killer but the thing that killed me (hahah pun intended) was that there are no clues to who the killer is. We know at the beginning of the book that the killer met the three kids BUT as a reader, I had absolutely no clue who it was, hence not trusting anyone! Everyone that talked to any of them I suspected. Every. Single. Person. And the way April Henry writes really does lend to this. I trusted no one. And I didn’t want our three protagonists to trust anyone either!
Best thriller I’ve read all year. Absolutely phenomenal story, fabulous character arc, great suspense!
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When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.
My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award.
I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.