Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: The Body in the Woods

The Body in the Woods
The Body in the Woods by April Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alexis has a secret. Her mother suffers from a mental illness and she has basically been raising herself. Ruby wants to do things her parents believe are unorthodox and she feels her pursuits are more important than her parent’s viewpoints. When Alexis, Ruby and a boy named Nick are teamed up during a Portland County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue, they find more than a missing autistic man. They find the body of a teenage girl that was killed and left in the woods. This unusual find creates a bond between them that society would not have created otherwise. The authorities believe this is an isolated occurrence, yet this team believes it is an act of a serial killer. Can these teens work together to find the killer before he strikes again?

The Body in the Woods is the first book in a new series by April Henry. This murder mystery has three strong main characters with flaws uniquely their own. Readers will find strength and hope in the trials these teens must overcome and they will work through the clues to discover who the killer is. This story is told through several points of view including the killer’s, so the reader has additional information that the teenage sleuths do not have. Even with this additional information, Henry is able to keep the big reveal to closer to the end. A great read that mystery readers will thoroughly devour.

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