Author: Lucy Christopher
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date: 3rd October 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Emily is the daughter of Jon Shepherd - a soldier who has come back from the war with post traumatic stress disorder. He frequently gets flashbacks where he thinks he's still in the war and is a danger to himself and others. Emily and her mother can usually keep this under control, until one night her father comes back from the woods with a girl's body in his arms. She's dead. That's when everything seems to unravel even more.
I found this book quite slow to get into at first, but then the ball started rolling and I really got into it. It felt like I was in the story myself. There were a lot of secrets and even though the book kept changing from one POV* to another, I still didn't know what the secrets were or what was going to happen next, which was brilliant. It meant I was just as surprised as the characters when there was a plot twist.
Emily was surprisingly normal, really, even though she had so many crazy things happening in her life. She had a heart of gold and she seemed really clever. I also liked Damon, even though he creeped me out a bit at first; but he changed. They were very believable characters and I felt empathy towards all of them, despite the alternating POVs.
The Killing Woods is a dark, mysterious, psychological thriller that you're sure to enjoy. Full of twists and turns, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I recommend this to boys, girls, men, women, aliens, monsters... Anyway, my rating is 4.5/5! You won't regret reading this.
* POV = Point of View