I read Stolen by Lucy Christopher a couple years ago and I really enjoyed that book so I didn’t hesitate when I saw her other book on the shelf. However, it was another one of the books that sat on myself for a while. One reason could because it is a smaller book and could have been hidden between other ones. Another reason could be because I am a book hoarder and I buy books like there’s no tomorrow. I read all my books eventually though!
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher switches from the point of views of Emily and Damon both students at the same school. Damon’s girlfriend Ashley was found dead in the woods near Emily’s house. Damon and his friends had been playing a game with Ashley that night in the woods but when he wakes up the next morning he doesn’t remember anything. Emily’s father was the one to find the body and bring it out of the forest. Unfortunately her dad suffers from PTSD and instantly fingers are pointed at him for the murder. Emily knows that her father wouldn’t do that and her only hope of finding the truth is if she can get answers out of Damon.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had wanted to. I think I had high expectations for this book from the beginning and they just weren’t really met. There was the mysterious concept of “The Game” that Damon and his friends played and as the details of what “The Game” actually entailed were revealed it wasn’t like a huge deal. So I was confused about why it was kept in the dark for so much of the book because it didn’t seem like a big deal to me. The overall twist at the end of the book was a little predictable once all the facts were given but how it was resolved was realistic and I could appreciate that.
I think the main problem was I didn’t really like Damon’s character that much. He was kind of a jerk and since the book flip flopped between their perspectives I was stuck with reading about him for half of the book. I did like Emily’s character though. I think she had a lot of depth and growth through out the book. I always like reading about characters who are family members of the accused person. I think it brings an interesting perspective to the book. I think it was done really well too. You really got to see the conflict in Emily as the story progressed on whether she really believed that her father was a murderer.
Overall, this was an okay book. I enjoyed some parts of it while I disliked others.
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