Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Body in the Woods by April Henry [Review]

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Series: Point Last Seen #1
Genre: YA Thriller
Release: June 17, 2014
Hardcover:  263 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
The Body in the Woods is a first book in April Henry's new "Point Last Seen" teen mystery series.  Alexis, Nick and Ruby are teen members of the Multnomah County search and rescue team.  They receive a call to search for a missing autistic man, but instead stumble upon a murdered teenage girl.  Ruby convinces the others that this murdered girl is actually a victim of a serial killer.  When they don't get anywhere with the Sheriff's office, they try to figure out as much information as possible to help solve the murder.  But Ruby's parents don't want her involved anymore, Alexis' mentally ill mother goes missing and Nick desperately wants to impress those around him even though no one pays him any attention.

It is very obvious that Henry has put a lot of research into this book.  She really strives for accuracy and teaches readers a lot about the search and rescue process.  I really appreciated the effort Henry goes through to create a realistic storyline.  But because of this, the book reads a lot more like a true crime novel.  It is a bit dry and clinical.  And the fact that it is told in third person, further distances the reader from the story.  I can't say I was really hooked by the story, but I did like learning about search and rescue.  I think CSI or true crime fans will also find this interesting.  But I think if you are looking for a gripping thriller, you will probably be disappointed. 

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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