Mini-Book Review: The Body in the Woods by April Henry

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Goodreads Blurb: 

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.

My Review:

I found the book to be slightly morbid/macabre that is expected considering it deals with murder. But I was instantly sucked into this story and I found reading the book a really worthwhile experience. Every character appears to have more to them “than meets the eye.” The main characters are all polar opposites with entirely different backgrounds (e.g. girl whose mom has a mental illness and boy whose father died in a war)… But somehow the author manages to make them click.

My favorite character is Ruby because she’s very intelligent and her hobbies are diverse but strange. Some parts of her reminded me of myself and when she described attempting to play a role that would help her fit in or appease her parents (e.g. “studious daughter” or “best friend”), it reminded me of myself trying to blend in. She has a very logical and analytical mind which doesn’t appeal to most people.

The chapters told from the perspective of the person I assumed was the killer, are the most exciting. He seemed to be obsessed with the feeling of power and the “high” that came with murdering people. Getting inside his head is a thrilling and scary experience!

Would I recommend it? Yes – especially if you love a good mystery 🙂

Rating: 5 stars

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