I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Genres: Murder, Mystery, YA
Published by Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 263
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.
For Alexis Frost, Nick Walker, and Ruby McClure, it all started with a phone call and two texts. It ended with fear and courage, love and loathing, screaming and blood. Lots of blood.
What I thought of this book
This was my first novel by this author and I really enjoyed it and will be checking out some of her other books in the future.
The Body in the Woods is about three teenagers who are trying to prove themselves by joining SAR (Search and Rescue). Nick is always trying to prove how brave he is to hide the fact that he doesn’t think he is good enough. Alexis wants to keep to herself so that nobody knows that her mother has a mental illness and SAR is her one chance to try and get a scholarship. Ruby finds everything interesting and she is really smart and has unusual interest which others find strange. SAR is a way for her to indulge in those interest without seeming to strange.
The three are new to SAR and on their first call out the leader forgets and puts them all together so one of the other leaders gives them a grid area that they don’t think they will find anything. The only things is they find a body instead of the man they were searching for. This throws them all into a totally different adventure as they try to find out who the killer is.
Ruby has a fascination with murder and crime scenes and quickly realizes that this might be a serial killer but the detective won’t listen. So the three decide to try and figure things out getting themselves in more trouble than they can handle.
I found Body in the Woods to be a really quick read and Ruby was my favorite character. I actually thought she reminded me of myself when I was a teenager (fascination with crimes, etc. I use to bring true crime books to school to read and was made fun off for being weird, so I totally get Ruby) I felt sorry for Alexis because she was missing out on having friends because of trying to hide her mothers illness. Nick kind of drove me crazy with his constant need to prove himself brave. He only has memories of his father and the fact that he was in Iraq and is a bit obsessed with that.
Over all I really enjoyed it and I think anyone who likes YA and mysteries might find this one to be interesting as well. I am interested in seeing what will happen in the next book in this series.