Review: ‘The Body in the Woods’ by April Henry

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.

Review: ‘The Body in the Woods’ by April HenryThe Body in the Woods by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 17th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 263
Format: ARC
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.

About April Henry

April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April's path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children's author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine. By the time she was in her 30s, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 18 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more under contract.

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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.


What kind of person just kills a girl and dumps her body in the woods? (33)
What was the point of doing anything at all if in the end you were just dead? (38)
A lot of serial killers are sociopaths. They’re born without empathy. They don’t understand that other people have feelings, too. It’s like they’re born broken. (95)
Things change. People change. (190)
I know I’m different. I can’t help it. I don’t even know what normal is. Just that I’m not. (226)





  1. Zoe Windsor

    December 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    i loved this book. im 14 and this book is a poage turner oh my gosh. loved it. at every chapters ending, there was a hook that made me want to not stop reading. i definatly recramend it RREEEAAADD it.

  2. Cali W.

    December 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Good review. This sounds like a good murder mystery. 😉

    • Zoe Windsor

      December 22, 2016 at 11:00 PM

      its a really good book amazing

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