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.
Trigger Warning: Murder
I didn’t know what to expect in The Body in the Woods. All I knew about this book, this series really, was that it is a Mystery. And what a mystery this book was!
Told in multiple points of view, we have Nick, Alexa, and Ruby. We have a few other points of view as well, but these views only have a chapter. We even get a chapter or two in the point of view from the murderer.
I found that the plot to this book was more of a slow burn, then at the peak almost everything happens at once. After we find out for then finally trickling down to a “normal” pace. Having said that we pretty much get a sense of what happened from Nick, Alexa, and Ruby.
I didn’t know for sure who the killer was until the last little bit of the book. Which was surprising in itself. I admire Henry’s writing and how everything surrounding the murderer was pretty hush hush until it was time for the reveal.
At the beginning I didn’t really appreciate Alexa, Nick and Ruby’s views, but how they’ve proven to be important to the story, I value their views on things. Everything about The Body in the Woods was interesting. Everything. I’m not even kidding.
I liked how by the end of the book, these three end up friends. The three of them aren’t really averse to each other in the beginning, but they’re more distant than anything else. So I enjoyed seeing them become friends by the end of the book.
I ended up giving The Body in the Woods, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.
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