I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 17th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
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.
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.