Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: The Body In The Woods by April Henry

  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Point Last Seen Series , #1 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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 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 Thoughts

I am a fan of mystery/thrillers and I have enjoyed the ones I have read from this author, so I was excited for this one. Besides, this cover is super pretty!! I love all the green! I could not pull off wearing that color green eyeshadow. I also really like multi POV books too. This was an enjoyable book and it kept me guessing for a while. Well, I did think that I knew for sure who it was for a while, but I was wrong.  When we do discover who it is, it made sense though. That's what I loved about this. The signs were there, but they were so subtle and you are convinced that it is one person, so you don't really notice until right before it's revealed.

Alexis is a character that I really felt for. She is a smart girl stuck in a pretty crappy life. Her mother suffers from mental illness, but doesn't like the medications she is supposed to take to keep it controlled. She pretty much is the child and Alexis is taking care of everything. She is embarrassed and also scared that she would get taken from her mother, so she hides it. She doesn't let anyone get close to her out of fear that they will discover this hidden part of her life. She throws everything she has into finding out who the killer is, especially after her mother runs out and goes missing and she worries that she might become a target being out on the streets.

Nick is a boy who has something to prove. Well, to himself anyways. He wants to be a hero, be brave and strong. He wants to be like his father. He feels like he needs to do something extraordinary. He loves the thrill of being on the Search and Rescue Squad because he feels like if he is the one to find someone, then he will get the recognition and attention that he wants. He is a really nice guy, but he really cares too much about what others think of him. He goes out of his way to let people know that he's helping find the killer, and he doesn't like it when it's not him to find something or do something "important".

Ruby seems like your average well off girl, but really, she has her own issues. She wants different things for her life than what her parents want for her, but they just brush her off. They don't understand her obsession with birds or crime scene shows. They think that by letting her be on the Search and Rescue, they are giving her an outlet for her silly ideas. What they don't realize is, she is really smart, and she could make a life for herself out of the love that she has for it. She feels misunderstood and alone. She doesn't really have friends because she is odd. I really did like her. She was a bit annoying at times, but it was a kind of charming personality. I understood why she acted the way she did. In a way, she is like Nick, just looking for acceptance. Only she wants to be excepted for her, not for doing something better or bigger.

The mystery aspect of this was great. Like any good mystery, there are plenty of clues, but they aren't always clear. That's because you get so wrapped up in the story that you are focusing on what the characters are focusing on, so you miss the subtle things that point in the right direction. April Henry does a fantastic job at mystery. I really enjoyed this book as a whole. I liked getting to know the characters, and I loved trying to figure out who the killer was. It all seemed a bit too tidy in the end, but not in a bad way. I suppose after so much suspense and drama, a happy and easy ending is the way to go. Another fantastic novel from this author!!!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I'm getting more into mystery/thriller books and this one sounds like one I would like to try at some point. I love the cover too :)

  2. I love that green cover so much. The eye makeup is fabulous!

    Mystery isn't something I delve into much, Amy, but I do love mental illness, so I think I might give it a shot. *sighs* My poor wish list is so full...

  3. I love this author. I think the way she creates such great mysteries always holds me in the story. Nice review.

  4. I haven't read anything by April Henry just yet, but this sounds wonderful. I love that the mystery is well done. I'm only worried about not enjoying the multiple characters too much.
    Lovely review, Amy!

  5. The characters do sound fascinating, although the ending being tidy doesn't always work for me. I enjoy ambiguity. That being said, I like the concept of the story and the characters sound fascinating. Plus, I love the green on the cover. I feel like it's an underrated cover. I think I'll end up giving The Body in the Woods a try.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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