Hot Best Seller

The Body in the Woods

Availability: Ready to download

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 d 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.

*advertisement

Compare

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 d 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.

30 review for The Body in the Woods

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I'm sorry but I could not finish this boring-ass book. I feel like I should have seen this coming - I mean, the cover designers put green eye shadow on a dead body. That should have been a warning sign, right? Like when those dystopian "heroines" appear on the front cover in long, flowing ballgowns and try to convince me with their pouts that this is a serious book about real, life-threatening things, and definitely NOT all about that hot dude and his smoochable lips. If it's the end of the world I'm sorry but I could not finish this boring-ass book. I feel like I should have seen this coming - I mean, the cover designers put green eye shadow on a dead body. That should have been a warning sign, right? Like when those dystopian "heroines" appear on the front cover in long, flowing ballgowns and try to convince me with their pouts that this is a serious book about real, life-threatening things, and definitely NOT all about that hot dude and his smoochable lips. If it's the end of the world - why are you wearing that totally impractical dress? And if you're dead in the woods, when did you have time to MAC it up? o_O This book was none of the things I was hoping for: clever, creepy, full of suspense... in fact, it seemed to me like one of those amateur detective stories written for little kids. You know, the ones where completely unskilled, untrained kids set out to solve the crimes that the real detectives are incapable of solving. Very Secret Seven. Very awesome when you were about ten years old. So, bearing that in mind, maybe this book does have an audience, but it would have to be a younger audience or someone who can suspend a lot of disbelief. I just didn't buy into any of it. This would usually be the point where I complain about there being too many POV switches, but I recently read a book that had more POVs than this one - The Truth About Alice - and managed to hold my attention from start to finish whilst also making me care about every single character. The Body in the Woods had three main characters and they were so uninteresting that I couldn't care about them. I was initially intrigued by the author's decision to include an MC with Asperger's Syndrome, but Ruby's Asperger's felt like a bat we were constantly being hit over the head with. Like the author felt the need to remind us of it every time Ruby entered the room. She wasn't an interesting character who happened to have Asperger's, she was THE TOKEN ASPERGER'S SYNDROME CHARACTER. It was just offensive after a while. The story is about three teenagers who have signed up to be part of a local Search & Rescue team. One day, they are called out to look for an autistic man who has ran away into the woods. However, they instead find the dead body of a girl. Each of them reacts to it differently, which I liked, but in the end they all decide to team up and find the killer - because this is totally the right and sensible thing to do. For the first half at least, this is not so much a creepy murder mystery, as it is a character study of three boring and unrealistic amateur detectives. It is possible that the book gets significantly better in the latter half but there is no part of me that wants to stick around to find out. I would like to know from other readers if we actually get any answers at the end of this book, or is it all saved for the sequel? Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    DNF @pg 10 oops. I really enjoyed her book The Night She Disappeared and I was hoping this would be as awesome, but sadly I can't get myself to turn another page. I pick this book up, read a few paragraphs and then put it down again. Clearly, I don't want to read it so I'm dnfing it. There's just something about the writing style if this book and I simply don't like it. I'm not going to rate it bc I've only read ten pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    Thank you Henry Holt for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which did not affect my review in any way. I don't know why this is labeled a "thriller" when it definitely was not a thrill to read. The above statement is the reason I was unable to complete this long-winded novel. One could argue that this isn't really my genre - well, not my favorite genre - so it's to be expected that it wouldn't hold my attention for very long. But sub-genres aside, The Body in the Woods fails in aspe Thank you Henry Holt for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which did not affect my review in any way. I don't know why this is labeled a "thriller" when it definitely was not a thrill to read. The above statement is the reason I was unable to complete this long-winded novel. One could argue that this isn't really my genre - well, not my favorite genre - so it's to be expected that it wouldn't hold my attention for very long. But sub-genres aside, The Body in the Woods fails in aspects that any good novel should not fail in - like writing, characters, etc. Reason #1 for DNFing: THE WRITING. I am a firm believer that in order for a novel to hold a reader's attention, the writing has to have that "spark." In other words, the prose shouldn't be as robotic and watered-down as it is in this book. And the third-person POV didn't help matters in the least, because it kept me disconnected from the characters and, frankly, bored me. I should have counted the amount of times I yawned while reading. Reason #2: THE CHARACTERS. You know those cardboard-insert-pop-star-pretty-boy-cutouts at least one of your friends has in their room? Yeah, that's how I imagine the characters in this book. Not that they're pretty-boy status or anything, but they are as two-dimensional as a piece of cardboard. True, if I continued reading, they probably would have been more developed, but rattling off each character's qualities does not give the character depth. Reason #3: THE NEEDLESS DETAILS. I really don't want a massive paragraph detailing/listing Alexis's food, because I really don't give an eff. #4: THE MYSTERY WAS ANYTHING BUT. Yeah, when a dead body is made up with green eyeshadow, the mystery is sort of hard to take seriously. Just sayin'. Not that this book was excruciatingly long, but I simply could not read more than ten pages at a time. I had to force myself to continue reading, and once I hit about page 70, I'd had enough. Skip this one. I've heard Henry's other novels are much better, so I might consider giving those a try.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I know she didn't do it. It's never the person you most suspect. It's also never the person you least suspect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis, a.k.a. Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect. - Dwight Schrute This is Nancy Drew for teens. The pacing was great and the plot (if a little predictable) kept me engaged. I really liked Ruby, but found her friends to be needless distractions. Alexis was whiney and annoying I know she didn't do it. It's never the person you most suspect. It's also never the person you least suspect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis, a.k.a. Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect. - Dwight Schrute This is Nancy Drew for teens. The pacing was great and the plot (if a little predictable) kept me engaged. I really liked Ruby, but found her friends to be needless distractions. Alexis was whiney and annoying and Nick was unnecessarily creepy. Ruby had enough potential to be the sole narrator but I understand what the author was trying to do with multiple POVs. Overall this is a fun teen mystery that you might find predictable if you follow the wise words of Mr.Schrute. However for its target market I think this book is a home run. Readers who are used to adult mysterious however may find this a little too pg for their liking. 3.5/5 Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    AH

    Initial Thoughts: This was a quick read for me. The story revolves around three teenage volunteers in Portland's Search and Rescue. On a routine search for a missing man, the teens come across a body in the woods. The chapters about the murderer were very creepy - he was one disturbed individual. I was able to guess who the killer was about halfway through the book which was a little disappointing for me. I like when authors keep me guessing. I enjoyed the story, although my review copy containe Initial Thoughts: This was a quick read for me. The story revolves around three teenage volunteers in Portland's Search and Rescue. On a routine search for a missing man, the teens come across a body in the woods. The chapters about the murderer were very creepy - he was one disturbed individual. I was able to guess who the killer was about halfway through the book which was a little disappointing for me. I like when authors keep me guessing. I enjoyed the story, although my review copy contained many spelling and grammatical errors which I hope will be corrected before the book is released. Full review to come closer to release date. The Review: The Body in the Woods had a promising premise. Three teens on a search and rescue mission discover a body. Now that should be interesting, right? First things first - I really liked the idea that teens could train for search and rescue. That is so cool. What a fantastic learning experience. But - these kids were left alone, without supervision. Huh? That would never happen in real life. Anyhow, the story begins as the rescue team is dispatched to search for a missing autistic man. The teens - Ruby, Alexis, and Bran are sent to search far away from the main team, presumably to keep them out of the way. They come across a body of a recently murdered girl. The teens then realize that they may have walked right past the murderer. Was he the dog walker? The birder? The homeless man? The man carrying the duffle bag? Personally, the best part of this book was being inside the killer's mind. His chapters were creepy and he made me want to squirm. The teenage characters were not that memorable. I recall one with an excellent recall for details and the other had ADHD and the third one had a bipolar mother. Aside from that, they needed a little more development. The Body in the Woods was an OK read for me. I would have liked more mystery. I'm usually horrible at guessing whodunit mysteries, but I was able to guess this one halfway through. I was hoping for a twist to throw me off, but it didn't happen. I understand that this is to be a series. I am planning on reading the next book, just to see what happens and how the characters develop further. Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for a review copy of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Red_Queen_Lover

    Way better than I thought it would be. I honestly didn't have an idea who the killer was until the second part of the book...... Give it a chance guys- it's a really good read even if it's shorter than what I usually read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)

    3.5 Stars... it was interesting, but not memorable Ruby, Alexis, and Nick are all high school students and new members of Portland's SAR... that's Search and Rescue. Ruby is awkward, not sure of social cues, not sure how to make friends. She joined SAR because she loves watching true-crime and studying detective work. Alexis is desparately trying to make everything on the surface appear okay. She doesn't want people to get close to her for fear they will learn how bad things are at home. Her mom 3.5 Stars... it was interesting, but not memorable Ruby, Alexis, and Nick are all high school students and new members of Portland's SAR... that's Search and Rescue. Ruby is awkward, not sure of social cues, not sure how to make friends. She joined SAR because she loves watching true-crime and studying detective work. Alexis is desparately trying to make everything on the surface appear okay. She doesn't want people to get close to her for fear they will learn how bad things are at home. Her mom is mentally ill and off her meds... and Alexis never knows what will go on at her house on any given day. Nick doesn't remember much of his dad. He died in Iraq when he was quite young. Now all Nick wants to do is prove to himself and his dad that he's brave and can do great things. When they get called out on a search, they aren't supposed to be put on a team together without a veteran leader, but thanks to a mix up, that's exactly what happens. They get sent to a location where it is very unlikely they will find the missing man. And they don't find the man, but they DO find the body of a girl... a dead girl. Soon Ruby realized that more bodies are piling up and becomes convinced they are all connected. She convinces Alexis and Nick that they need to investigate this themselves so that the police will be forced to listen. My Thoughts: Kind of underwhelmed. I decided to read this book because I had read The Night She Disappeared and really loved it. This book ended up being very similar to that one. The plot was totally different of course, but it definitely used the same formula. I was expecting this book to be a little different, so that was disappointing, but overall I did like the book. I liked that the 3 teens in the book had different story lines and went their own ways much of the time. It was cool to read about the mystery along with the personal lives of the 3 main characters. They all had completely different issues going on, but no issue seemed any less important than the others. My favorite character was Ruby because I know people IRL that have trouble with social situations and it can be tough. Why are some people unable to pick up on social cues and why are people so impatient with people that are like this?? I mean clearly there is no real answer to those questions, but reading about Ruby it made me think. (Sidenote: I was not super impressed with a girl with red hair being named Ruby... how original). I don't have a ton to say about this book because it was a fairly short, straight forward book. It definitely brought me back to my Fear Street/Christopher Pike days because it's a fairly generic murder/mystery which I will probably be forgetting about after a few days. Not to say those books don't serve purposes! They are very entertaining while you're reading them, but they just don't tend to IMPACT you. And if you don't write down who the killer ends up being, you'll probably forget. OVERALL: I didn't like it as much as the other April Henry book I read, but I still found it to be a quick entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a mystery that doesn't make you think too much. My Blog:

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    One dead body. Two. Then three. This was no accident. A serial killer is on the lose. But the question is, who's next? I absolutely love murder mysteries! It's just so exciting to read. This book was told through several different perspectives, and I got to know each of the main characters. Alexis was the emotional one among the three. She had to deal with her mom's mental illness. But at least she had Bran. Nick was the meek one. He had a vivid imagination but low self-esteem. And then there's R One dead body. Two. Then three. This was no accident. A serial killer is on the lose. But the question is, who's next? I absolutely love murder mysteries! It's just so exciting to read. This book was told through several different perspectives, and I got to know each of the main characters. Alexis was the emotional one among the three. She had to deal with her mom's mental illness. But at least she had Bran. Nick was the meek one. He had a vivid imagination but low self-esteem. And then there's Ruby. She is my favorite because she is very smart and very curious about the prospect of solving murders. She's socially awkward but I adore her passion and personality. These three are on Portland's Search and Rescue team. They uncover a body and pretty soon, get involved with the investigation. Yes, I must admit that it was a bit absurd that three teenagers made more progress on the case than the local authorities, but I enjoyed the exhilarating rush as the story unfolded before me. Before long, I was yelling at the characters and getting all riled up. It was a great reading experience. I also liked how the three characters overcame their obstacles and became a united group of friends in the end. I am definitely going to read the next installment in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gisbelle

    Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley This book was a really well-written mystery told from multiple point of view. The fact that each main characters - Nick, Ruby and Alexis - were such different in term of personalities and frame of mind made reading this a fun experience for me. The storyline held my attention since the beginning of the book. Maybe it was because I've always enjoyed reading books about serial killers and guessing the murderers. It was sad to say, though, that this book was a Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley This book was a really well-written mystery told from multiple point of view. The fact that each main characters - Nick, Ruby and Alexis - were such different in term of personalities and frame of mind made reading this a fun experience for me. The storyline held my attention since the beginning of the book. Maybe it was because I've always enjoyed reading books about serial killers and guessing the murderers. It was sad to say, though, that this book was a tad predicable because not only I got to read from the 3 aforementioned main characters, but also from the killer. Not that I didn't like that about this book, it just made easy to spot the killer. One point that I am not sure I liked was the irrelevant details that made this book a little dragging. It was nice to understand what happened around the main characters, still I think it was too overly descriptive. Overall, it was a wonder murder mystery with well-developed characters and astonishing plots. Blog: YA Obsession

  10. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Is Azathoth

    Gripping and suspenseful thriller focusing on the mostly-adolescent Portland (OR) Search and Rescue Team. One doesn't have to be an adult nor a seasoned homicide detective to stumble upon a corpse, nor to endanger one's own life following clues to untangle a mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leilani

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Arndt

    The Body In The Woods is a fast paced thriller that is able to pass off as enjoyable if you suspend logic and just go along for the ride. But, when you sit down and really think about the details there is so much that is unbelievable that I can’t really recommend it to fellow readers. In this novel we get the three main perspectives of Ruby, Alexis and Nick but we also get a few random chapters that are told from the ominous perspective of the killer himself. As far as the 3 kids go, I can’t say The Body In The Woods is a fast paced thriller that is able to pass off as enjoyable if you suspend logic and just go along for the ride. But, when you sit down and really think about the details there is so much that is unbelievable that I can’t really recommend it to fellow readers. In this novel we get the three main perspectives of Ruby, Alexis and Nick but we also get a few random chapters that are told from the ominous perspective of the killer himself. As far as the 3 kids go, I can’t say that I connected with any of them in any way. This is in part due to the fact that the story is told in the third person (which always leaves me feeling like an outsider looking in) and also because I felt like the details we get of their private life were just ploys to try make us care about them but ones the never managed to do so. Alexis’ mother is suffering from what seems to be bi-polar disorder and even goes missing for a stretch of days but I felt like these details were just there to be there and didn’t add to the story in any way. Nick was always mentioning how his father had died in Iraq and that was the reason he joined Search and Rescue, he wanted to do something that would have made his dad proud. I mean these private life details were obviously there to flesh out our main characters and get us to understand their motivation but it just felt like stuff that we were told here & there and nothing more than that. I would even go so far as to say that it felt as if the personal bits were thrown in afterward when the author went back through and felt that she needed to make the characters people that readers could connect with. Ruby was the only one that I felt like I somewhat understood. She was socially awkward and really struggled with fitting in. I do think that if the whole story had been more about her that I would have become much more invested. Seeing the bits from the killer’s eyes was interesting and felt very reminiscent of Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers (though this novel was not even in the same ballpark as Lyga’s thriller.) What really irritated me in the novel is the complete lack of logic that went into trying to make it work. The detective working the case of the missing girls was such an idiot, which always irritates me in these novels. 3 teens who haven’t even finished school but had one amongst them who did a lot of googling and watching true crime were much more competent than the police department in this area. The red herring that gets arrested in the first place made no sense at all. They find out that this guy was growing weed in the middle of the park where the body was found and fabricate a story where the dead girl had stumbled upon the grow op and was then murdered for it. There was no evidence at all connecting him to the murder, just the fact that the 3 kids had seen him leaving the park on the afternoon that the body was found. I don’t believe for one hot minute that this man would have been arrested and put away for the murder when there was zero evidence/DNA linking him to the crime. Bad red herring out the of way, spotting the killer was something that I was able to do the moment that they met him. Piecing together the fragments of this mystery was not challenging at all and reading through the story just felt like I was waiting for every character to finally catch up with me. While I did breeze through this one, I can’t say that it was a remarkable experience at all and this won’t be a book that I recommend any time soon, or ever. -- For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This and other reviews are on my blog My Friends Are Fiction An arc of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Story: The Body in the Woods was overall a fun, fast and easy read. It was interesting enough to keep me reading though the mystery side of it wasn’t as difficult to figure out as I would have liked. Henry’s writing style was absorbing and kept me flipping the pages but I almost think this would have worked better as a middle grade book. Where this sto This and other reviews are on my blog My Friends Are Fiction An arc of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Story: The Body in the Woods was overall a fun, fast and easy read. It was interesting enough to keep me reading though the mystery side of it wasn’t as difficult to figure out as I would have liked. Henry’s writing style was absorbing and kept me flipping the pages but I almost think this would have worked better as a middle grade book. Where this story did stand out was the amount of research the author put into writing about Search and Rescue. I loved seeing the way the team worked together and I felt that the descriptions of their work to be the most interesting parts of the book. I’ve not read a novel that ventured so deeply into SAR so this was a welcomed aspect. The police investigation and detective work were not done nearly as well. I was distracted by the detective assigned to the case and his lack of skill in his work. I can’t imagine, or would rather not imagine, that a seasoned detective would be incapable of coming across some basic and easy to see clues. I felt that the case he built about his suspect was feeble and detracted from the story. The idea that the three teenager leads would be more inclined to see the obvious bothered me and took some of the credibility from the story. The Characters: I never was able to really connect to any of the characters though Ruby was the most interesting. I enjoyed her awkward nature and her interest in murders, birds and detective work. It was always alluded that she was not a ‘normal’ teen though no diagnosis was ever given. Since the story jumped around from all the characters point of view you were given little highlight about their lives. I enjoyed the sections with Ruby the most. The other characters always felt two dimensional to me though there were details given about their lives. Alexis, our other female lead, deals with some serious issues within the story. Even with a parent suffering from mental illness I never was able to really feel for Alexis. Her relationship with her trauma counselor felt barely there and honestly, I think more time could have been given to each of the characters. Nick, the male lead, was the least acknowledged to me. Though he played an important role in the plot development I never felt all that sure of his personality. If the sequels deal with these same characters I imagine we’ll learn more about each of them as it goes on. Henry also wrote from the killer’s point of view. I’m never sure how I feel about that to be honest. In this book I felt that it didn’t add all that much and could have done without it. I felt that because we saw the clues in his sections it made the mystery part a lot easier to see coming. Final Thoughts: Though The Body in the Woods was an entertaining read nothing really stood out about the plot or characters. For a quick, fun, summer read I’d say this was a good read but don’t expect to feel terrified for the characters or become overly invested in their personal stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Downes

    This is a book in a crime series about three teens who belong to an search and rescue unit that looks for missing people. On one of their searches they find a dead girl in the woods and so they set out to find her killer. I liked the way this book is aimed at young adults; there is no sexual or graphic content which means it is suitable for younger readers who like this genre. An easy read with short chapters; USA setting. Not a deep and meaningful read but ok..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    This books theme in this book is courage all throughout this book the three main characters do thing they would never do. They also become closer as friends.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Three Search and Rescue Teenagers Encounter a Serial Killer Alexis, Ruby and Nick joined Portland Search and Rescue (SAR) looking for a way to belong. Alexis wants an extra curricular activity to help her get into college. Nick wants to be a hero like his father. Ruby is incredibly bright, interested in crime and forensics, and wants a way to use her intelligence. Each is in some way is a misfit. On their first real mission, searching of an autistic man who has wandered into the woods, they find Three Search and Rescue Teenagers Encounter a Serial Killer Alexis, Ruby and Nick joined Portland Search and Rescue (SAR) looking for a way to belong. Alexis wants an extra curricular activity to help her get into college. Nick wants to be a hero like his father. Ruby is incredibly bright, interested in crime and forensics, and wants a way to use her intelligence. Each is in some way is a misfit. On their first real mission, searching of an autistic man who has wandered into the woods, they find the body of a teenage girl. The police aren't interested in having help from three teens. They're convinced that the murder is an isolated incident, but Ruby is convinced that it's a serial killing. When the police seem to be fumbling, the three teens decide to search for the killer. The book presents authentic information about Search and Rescue operations. The author provides the information without becoming heavy handed. This should work well for teenage readers. The characters come across as real. I liked the way the author devoted individual chapters to each teen and to the killer. Seeing the action from different perspectives gave the story depth. I particularly liked Ruby. She is bright, but has trouble relating to other people. Although not a typical teenage problem, it does affect very bright adolescents. They feel out of place with both their peers and with adults. I highly recommend this book for middle school teens. Adults could also enjoy the mystery, particularly is they wanted insight into some special teenagers. I reviewed this book for Net Galley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Neyhart

    I really enjoyed this murder mystery. Although I did guess who the killer was halfway through, the story was well-written and the characters were dynamic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change. I'm usually not a big murder mystery fan but this one had a title that I couldn't pass up. The body in the woods is a simple and straightforward murder mystery. We follow three main characters who are the main protagonists. Each one has a distinct personality and all have different strengths and weaknesses. They all come together to solve who has been murderi An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change. I'm usually not a big murder mystery fan but this one had a title that I couldn't pass up. The body in the woods is a simple and straightforward murder mystery. We follow three main characters who are the main protagonists. Each one has a distinct personality and all have different strengths and weaknesses. They all come together to solve who has been murdering the homeless teenage girls. I usually really like multiple point of views and in this case it was done well. There's even some chapters where we get to see from the murderer's point of view. I don't know about you but when I read from a killer's perspective, I can't help but feel chilled to the bone. I have to imagine authors who do murder mysteries have to research real crimes and that to me is what makes a book engrossing. I liked how they all bounced off each other. All having strengths and weaknesses that were tested. Finding out the killer was too predictable, but it fit the story enough. Overall, I would recommend it if you like murder mysteries. Just don't expect a twisty-turny plot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I loved this book. This book is one of the best mysteries that I have read. I think that if you need to read a mystery book this one is a must read. Let me just say that the ending was a shocker. I did NOT expect it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I'm not sure why I didn't like this book more than I did. I remember almost giving up on reading it near the very beginning - I thought the writing seemed too simplistic and the plot unrealistic. The reason I decided to continue was actually because of one of the main characters, Ruby. Even though the author didn't come out and say so, I think Ruby has Asperger's, and I'm always intrigued with characters like her because they remind me of my son.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Mangler

    I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. It's not that I didn't enjoy reading it, because I did, but the whole was definitely not more than the sum of its parts. It's hard to explain. I enjoyed parts of the book immensely - especially Ruby's POV chapters - but the book never really came together for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A fun mystery! I really liked the main characters -- they were a great group of friends. The murder mystery was interesting and definitely creepy at times. I liked the ending and plan on continuing the series. :) *I received a complimentary eBook copy for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy ~Lover of Books~

    Thanks to Macmillian and NetGalley in advance for allowing me to read this book! I've always loved to read a good mystery now and then! This book had enough of those elements to make it a good mystery book. My interest was held throughout reading this book. I liked how the story unfolded and how the three teenagers saved the day. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justin Maupin

    The main characters are Alexis, Nick, and Ruby. Its about these kids and they are trying to help their sheriff department to find a autistic man lost in the woods. But instead they find a dead man. I think guess that they will have a good life after they solve the mystery.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    A fast-moving who-done-it...great for reluctant readers. Lots of clues to follow and twists and turns to maneuver. The last few chapters are full of suspense, and a satisfying ending rounds things out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Giteeka

    It has been a long time since I have read mystery stories, and now I realize how much I missed the excitement you get while reading mysteries. I really liked this book because I had no clue who the murderer was so I wanted to know so bad that I had to keep reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Smith

    Not for me personally, maybe it's because all I read are murder books but...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keert

    omg the ending was so sweet and cute!! I love it!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Weatherly

    Really enjoyed this mystery novel. Definitely kept my attention as I was guessing who the "killer" was!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    This book was okay. I didn't like it as much as others. The POV changes were a little confusing but after a while you caught up.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.