The Body in the Woods

Zoe N. | August 13, 2014 | Review

The Body in the Woods

The Body in the Woods

by April Henry

Genre: YA Mystery
Published: June 17th, 2014
by Henry Holt and Co.

two-half-stars

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Summary:

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.

Review:

Lesson to Self:

When a murder mystery has a girl with green eyeshadow on the cover, let that tell you something about the novel.

When compared to other books in the same genre such as Abigail Haas’ Dangerous Girls or Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game (both of which I love), this, unfortunately, faults in comparison. While I didn’t seem to necessarily dislike it as much as some of my fellow reviewers did, unfortunately, I still found it to have faltered in quite a few places.

Nick, Alexis and Ruby are all volunteers on their local Search and Rescue Team. One day while looking for a missing man, they end up stumbling upon a dead girl who appears to have been murdered. Can they overcome their differences and team up to find the murderer…before he tries to kill someone else?

While the premise was decent at best, I found one of my biggest problems to be the writing. The story is written in alternating chapters between Nick, Alexis, and Ruby – all in third person. It’s hard to write a book from multiple perspectives because you have to make each perspective unique and distinguishable, but it’s even harder to do so when you write from an outside POV like 3rd person. I think by choosing to write in third person Henry made more work for herself than necessary, which is unfortunate. Not only that, but, just in general, Henry’s prose was so worn-down and bland. It almost felt like Henry wasn’t writing with passion.

Character-wise, I found that each character was either stereotyped or simply annoying. I wasn’t able to form a bond with any of the three main characters in this novels; and that definitely deterred me from the story as a whole.

  • Nick’s dad died as an offer in the Iraq War, and his whole life he’s tried to hide his fear of not being good enough. I found the story of Nick’s father to be more of a way to add “development” to him than anything else, but, unfortunately, that didn’t work for me.
  • Having a form of autism, Ruby has never felt like anyone has ever understood her. I found her personality to be very stereotyped – especially her autism. Her condition was portrayed over the top and quite unrealistically in my eyes, and thus I was never quite fond of Ruby as a character.
  • Alexis spends her life trying to cover up for her mother – who has a mental illness. While I admired Alexis’ love for her mother and her loyalty towards her, I found Alexis to be a bit of a Mary Sue.

As for the actual mystery aspect, I found The Body in the Woods to be quite predictable. I would have preferred it if there to be a few more red herrings or plot twists thrown in, but unfortunately, there weren’t, and I found myself easily guessing the culprit within 20% in.

While this is certainly not the best mystery or thriller in the genre, I’ll confess it had its points of entertainment; but, ultimitely, it failed to live up, and there’s really not much more to it than that.

two-half-stars

85 comments

  1. LOL YES. I do not get it. This is a murder mystery and of course you’d want to attrat murder mystery fans BUT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH THAT KIND OF COVER. Seriously. I would have thought this was about a princess stuck in a jungle somewhere, pondering about life in general. I’m not surprised then that the rest of the content was lackluster. I mean with a cover like that for my mystery whodunit book, I’d be pretty discouraged too xD

    1. I KNOW! I mean…what the what?

      And haha! A princess stuck in the jungle? That would be a pretty good guess based on the cover!

      Thanks Faye!

  2. Eh, this sounds like it was a real flop. SUCH A SHAME. Is the girl on the cover supposed to be dead…or meditating, perhaps? It IS a catchy cover, though, heheh. I get frustrated when books are compared to something as epic as Dangerous Girls. I think it sets the bar WAY too high to start with.

    Oh but gueeeess who just borrowed out The Girl With All The Gifs from the library! I AM EXCITED.

    1. IT IS! I mean, the mystery could have been like (dare I say it?) an Abigail Haas book! *sighs* And I completely agree. I almost hate Dangerous Girls for being so darn good! It’s almost ruining the entire mystery genre – gah!

      And ha! I think she’s dead! 😉

      AND YEAH! You’ll have to let me know how it is, okay? 🙂

  3. Bleh. This sounds horrible! Sorry it wasn’t good, Z :/ It stinks when the writing sucks because that’s what you have to read! If you don’t like that, then it’s very hard to enjoy a book. Pair that with stereotypical and annoying characters, and no one would enjoy this. Lovely review hon!

    1. Thanks Rachel! And I completely agree! I mean if you want to be an author, I’d suspect you should at least have decent writing, right? 😐 Thank you!

  4. I’m sorry this wasn’t very good 🙁 I definitely agree with you on the cover by the way – I really don’t get the whole eyeshadow-face thing for a murder mystery 😛

    The characters sound pretty bland and it makes me very sad Ruby’s autism was so over the top. I really love the idea of it, because YAY diversity!, but it’s very important that it’s also portrayed *realistically*. It does take a lot of research, but that’s no reason to fall back on stereotyping 🙁

    Great review Zoe! <33

    1. Thank you Celine! And I so agree. I mean…WHAT?

      And I completely agree. I think writing about an autistic character in the first place is a really hard feat because it requires so much research and accuracy and it’s really hard to really get inside their heads, but it seems like this is one of those cases where it just…didn’t work. Like you said though, a lot of research is no reason for stereotyping, right?

      Thank you!

  5. This isn’t my typical type of read anyway, and I’ll admit that the green eyeshadow thing did make me raise my eyebrows (*snickers*), but yeah, I’m definitely going to be skipping this one based on the predictability alone. Lovely review, Zoe! Better luck next time 😉

    1. Knowing your reading tastes Jessica, even if it was good I think you still would have been a bit hesitant on reading it. And I completely agree? What exactly is with the green eye-shadow? Am I missing something?

      Thank you!

  6. Honestly, I’ve pretty much written this one off my TBR in favor of other reads. Your review has convinced me that this was a okay choice on my part.

    LOL that little warning at the top regarding green eyeshadow sounds quiteon point. Really, green eyeshadow isn’t something that should exist anyway. Lol personally anyway, I think metallics and neutrals look best when it comes to eyeshadow :p

    Ahhh multiple POVs! So hard to get right, and unfortunately it sounds like it didn’t work in The Body In The Woods. I think third person multiple POVs really is the worst combo. Okay…maybe second person multiple POVs would be, but frankly I don’t even know how that would work. It’s no wonder that it was hard to keep the characters voices straight in The Body In The Woods. The fact that the writing style is so bland is frankly so sad :[ Especially in your review when you mentioned it lacked passion, that’s actually so sad to think and must have been even worse to read.

    Ugh the characters sound like the actual worst >.< Walking stereotypes are certainly not enjoyable to read about. Ruby would likely annoy me the worst. My older brother has high functioning autism so I have a personal and large amount of knowledge regarding everything autism really. So, reading about it being reduced to nothing more than a stereotype would likely make me see red. Every case is different honestly and to see autism just as nothing more than a over top caricature is just awful really.

    Great review Zoe! I think it's safe to say that this one isn't for me.

    1. :clap: Cue the clap emoji because that was a VERY smart choice Larissa! 😉

      I hate to say it because it sounds awful, but it almost felt like the author almost set herself up for failure by doing the multi POVs in third combo. Like you mentioned that just isn’t really a combo that typically works.

      I know! 🙁 Ruby annoyed me quite a bit because, like you, I have someone very close to me who also has a condition on the autism spectrum and I just felt like it was so cheesy and stereotyped, you know?

      Thank you! I have a feeling you wouldn’t like it either Larissa…you’re probably better off sticking to Abigail Haas’ work. 😉

  7. Yikes, this one sounds bad. I don’t like multiple POVs in 3rd person at all. To me the point of writing in 3rd is so that you CAN see multiple POVs, and this just sounds like a train wreck.

    The autism thing is hard for me too, I get quite angry when it isn’t handled well. I worked for quite a few years with a boy on the spectrum, and stereotypical autism stuff really grates me.

    On the plus side, I totally just added The Westing Game to my TBR, so thanks for that! Great review, I am definitely not going near this one!

    1. It is quite lackluster Shannon! 🙁 And I completely agree. Like you said, the combination of writing here just doesn’t quite make sense or work at all.

      And yes! 🙁 Ruby annoyed me quite a bit because, like you, I have someone very close to me who also has a condition on the autism spectrum and I just felt like it was so cheesy and stereotyped, you know?

      YEAH! That’s one of my favorite books ever, and I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did! 🙂 (Ha! Who would have guessed you would have put that on your TBR from this book, right?)

  8. ‘when a murder mystery has a girl with green eyeshadow on the cover, let that tell you something about the novel’ YES. Hahaha. This is the story of my life and why I totally remain a cover snob and always will. Judging books by their covers works, dude!

    I think if you’re going to attempt multiple POVs AND if you’re going to do it in the third person, then your prose needs to be dreamy and descriptive. Since you’re not hearing the characters’ voices as much, the prose needs to reflect them and give insight . . . which it seems didn’t happen here 🙁

    1. You will be my cover expert then – ha! (And I’m definitely going to screenshot this comment and whenever you find a book with a pretty cover and it ends up being terrible, I’m going to rub it in your face. 😉 )

      And I completely agree. Since you don’t get into the characters heads, your prose definitely needs to be distinctive and give a sense of their personality since the writing can’t do that. Definitely didn’t happen here unfortunately. 🙁

  9. I have had a hard time in the past loving this author’s mysteries. I don’t know what it is about them but I never connect with the story or characters like I should.
    Sorry this one wasn’t any better for you.

    1. If you didn’t like her previous work very much, I’d definitely say this is probably wise to give this one a miss. Thank you!

  10. *sigh* The eyeshadow really does say something about this book, huh? I DNF’d this ome about midway through. I wasn’t getting into it and the alternation chapters with third person were just annoying me. Plus I guessed thee ndjng really quixkly so after verifying it with another blogger I decided to just DNF this one and save myself the heartache!

    1. Definitely does, doesn’t it? And I completely agree. It’s really hard doing multiple POVs in 3rd person since you don’t get into their heads; so you really have to make it distinct and personable. I too had the problem of finding the culprit quite easily, which should have been a huge warning sign, right?

  11. The 20% mark is far too soon to be able to accurately guess the culprit IMO. It makes the rest of the book kinda feel like a complete waste of time, ya know? And, I have no interest in stereotypical / annoying characters. Even though you were still able to get some enjoyment out of this novel, I think I’m going to have to pass.

    1. I completely agree Carmel. My favorite mysteries are the ones where you find out the culprit on the last few pages and it’s like a mind-blowing realization, you know? 😉 Definitely a wise choice to miss this! 🙂

  12. I have no idea what’s with stereotyping these days but it’s all over the place! I have seen this one around and yeah many were disappointed by it and now when you say that it’s actually multiple POVs in third person narrative I see why. So yeah. Still glad you have found some positive signs here. Great review, Zoe 🙂

    1. ISN’T IT?! :angry: Gosh…it makes me so angry. I think a lot of other bloggers felt similar to me, which should have warned me in the first place – ha! 😉 Thank you Tanja!

  13. Zoe, you’re slipping. How did you not see that green eyeshadow equals very bad sense of style at least.

    It sounds like there wasn’t much mystery happening if you could predict what was coming. There’s nothing worse than expecting a book that’ll keep you on your toes and end up nothing more than a eye shadow farce. I’m glad you could find it mildly entertaining in parts, but sounds like it needed a hell of a lot more than that. Brilliant review Zoe <3

    1. I’M SORRY KELLY, OKAY? THE PREMISE WAS JUST SO FULL OF POTENTIAL! There definitely wasn’t much mystery going on; and, like you said, it stinks when it’s so predictable – especially in the mystery category. Thank you!

  14. I have a very serious question:

    Did the girl they find in the woods have green eyeshadow as well? XD

    What is the reason behind that cover? I always thought this was a contemporary! LOL.

    Well, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. It sounds more like telling the stories of the characters than unraveling a mystery. Hope your next read is better! 🙂

    1. And the answer to your very serious question is…
      I HAVE NO STINKING IDEA! They never really mentioned it, ha!
      And I have absolutely no idea; but it’s not very much of an effective marketing strategy. ;|
      Thank you!

  15. Really great review lovely, I didn’t realise that the writing in this one would be quite bland and I’m glad you highlighted this to us! And the autism sounds like it was a bit too over the top with stereotypical characters which is a shame. I was intrigued with the mystery in here but looks like I might skip it. Great review as always, Zoe!

    1. Thank you Jeann. The characters were certainly stereotyped – which definitely ruines the story. I think you’ve made a wise decision – definitely stick with Abigail Haas’ books instead. 😉 Thank you! <3

  16. Oh, no. From that synopsis, I was like: OHMYGOSH this could be an amazing book.

    And now, I’m not so sure. I absolutely am not a fan when things are used in a story just for development or diversity, and it does seem like there is a bit of that going on here, unfortunately.

    It’s a shame that the mystery was evident early on, because I think the best thriller/mystery novels are the ones that keep you guessing.

    Hopefully the next one you read will be like the others you mentioned (which I am very keen to read, by the way!).

    Lovely review, dear ^.^

    1. I KNOW! It had so much potential! Heck…it could have been the next Dangerous Girls, you know? It’s a shame that it was so predictable; which definitely ruined it.

      Thank you!

    1. Thank you Melliane! It’s a shame because it had such a great premise, you know? I think you’ve made a smart choice by skipping it. 😉 Thank you for the lovely comment!

  17. Oh no Zoe, sorry to hear this one was such a let down! Honestly, I’m not surprised at all when you said that you can tell the author wasn’t all that invested in the writing – us readers can definitely tell when they put in the effort and love their characters. It’s such a turn off when you know they’re just writing for money or similar interests. Ugh. I’m not saying that’s the reason for this books, but when it is, then I immediately do not want to read it.

    I found the premise of the story quite interesting, so it sucks that the book was a let down. It’s cool that the author wrote about diverse characters, but once again, it seem like it was done for the sake of diverse characters. I like mysteries that will keep me guessing, but this one seems way too predictable. Thanks for the honest review lovely, I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up.

    1. Thanks Joy! 🙁 And I completely agree. Sometimes you can just feel an author’s love for writing and their passion radiate off the pages, while some just sound like they want to just get it all over with, you know? 😉 I think if an author wants to write about diverse characters, they should probably take the time and effort to research them, you know? Thank you! <3 I think you've made a smart choice by skipping it. 😉

  18. This book was part of my bout of books ‘to read’ pile, and it’s the only one I didn’t get to this week. It’s heading back to the library tomorrow and I’m not feeling real bad about that, lol.

  19. I love a good mystery, but I need both the plot and the characters to be well done!
    Third person POV from three different characters is hard to pull off, and when it’s not done perfectly, it leaves a lot to be desired.
    Sorry you didn’t enjoy Body in the Woods, Zoe. Not sure I would either, so thanks for your honest review!

    1. I completely agree Lexxie. 🙂 It’s really hard doing multiple POVs in 3rd person since you don’t get into their heads; so you really have to make it distinct and personable.

      Thank you! I have a feeling you probably wouldn’t enjoy it either. <3

  20. I’m not quite sure…is that really the cover of a mystery novel? Really? Agree with you, that girl doesn’t belong on the cover LOL
    I hate when almost every character is stereotyped!!
    At least it wasn’t ALL bad. At least…
    Fantastic review, Zoe! 🙂

    1. LOL…I almost thought it was a fanmade cover the first time I saw it. :joy: And I hate stereotyped characters as well. It makes it so hard to connect to the story. Thank you! <3

  21. I think I rated this three. I had issues with the third person narratives and the characters but I appreciated it a bit more because it was set in my home town of Portland, Oregon so I connected with the setting.

    1. Hmm…I can definitely see how you might have enjoyed this is it was located in your hometown since you can recognize all the landmarks and all. 🙂

  22. I definitely should have taken the green shadow’s advice and stayed the hell away from this book as well. Ugh. I pretty much felt the same way you did about this one, Zoe. Honestly, if this is what YA mystery is turning into, then it’s going to have a tough time surviving (eeep, I loved The Westing Game as well! It was just so cleverly done and I can still remember bits and pieces of it even though I read it YEARS ago. Time for a reread maybe?!).

    Yeah, books with multiple POVs are a huge turn-off for me because they turn out to be both boring and unnecessary. They also distance you from the characters because there’s no one you can truly form a connection with, since the perspective is switching all the time. This book was definitely no exception. And about the writing: RIGHT? Oh my gosh, the writing was so mediocre. I would have given up on the book, except I wanted to boost up my NetGalley ration, lol.

    The characters made me want to both snort and smack them upside-down at the same time. Was I the only one, or did Nick strike me as a seriously immature person? I can’t remember how old the three of them were, but I know for sure that they were old enough not to be imagining the forest is a battleground or something (*cough* like Nick did *cough*). Maybe I’m just being insensitive. 😛 And Ruby… many people found her interesting, because of how different she was from the rest, but I was like you: I thought her character was taken over by the autism she had, which is something authors do NOT want to do. I found her really annoying. 🙁 Alexis was just plain boring, I’m sorry.

    Welp, I’m glad that at least you managed to enjoy SOME aspects, even if the book ultimately turned out to be a disappointment. This is probably going to be the last April Henry book I’m reading, I don’t think I’ll be able to take another book full of her bland writing. Awesome review, Zoe! <3

    1. YES MEGAN! You have learned your lesson now, no? (And yeah for another person who loves the Westing Game! Such a great book, right?!)

      Some authors just have this gift for making the writing reflect their characters perfectly when writing multiple POVs; and some just end up making each POV sound the same, you know? I haven’t read many books with multiple POVs in 3rd person, but it sounds like it’s not a very good strategy.

      And I completely agree. Each character was either stereotyped or annoying. I think writing from the perspective of an autistic character is such a challenge, because, really, they’re just like you and I, but they have a different thought process, you know? It felt so unrealistic and over stereotyped to me!

      Thank you! <3

  23. I immediately laughed out loud when I saw your lesson to self section. A multiple POV book narrated in third person? That really sounds complicated. And predictability and unrelatable characters are basically a no-go for me. Sigh. I hope your next read is stronger, Zoe! Lovely review!

    1. I try Sarah, I try… 😉

      And I completely agree! It’s really hard doing multiple POVs in 3rd person since you don’t get into their heads; so you really have to make it distinct and personable.

      Thank you! <3

  24. When a murder mystery has a girl with green eyeshadow on the cover, let that tell you something about the novel. Oh God, HAHA!

    Writing multiple perspectives in third person is easier, but yeah, it’s hard for the reader since the characteristics and personalities and voices just don’t come through at all if it’s not done well. And when it is, well, bravo, unfortunately, this isn’t a bravo. 🙁 But I always hate more than one perspective in third person, usually just doesn’t work.

    Yikes, the characters though…they just sound, I don’t know, they just sound nothing, if that makes sense. Ones that you just don’t care about at all (even though, with the little aspects that supposedly makes them different, you should, so guess it wasn’t pulled off well.)

    Ugh though, I can’t stand predictable ones, I love the genre, but I just really get annoyed when it’s obvious and you guess it right, it just pulls the whole book down for me. 🙁 I was really looking forward to reading this one too. Off it goes down the bottom of the TBR pile. 🙁

    1. Haha! I try! 😉

      Some authors just have this gift for making the writing reflect their characters perfectly when writing multiple POVs; and some just end up making each POV sound the same, you know? I haven’t read many books with multiple POVs in 3rd person, but it sounds like it’s not a very good strategy. I think if you have to do something with more than one POV, 1st person is usually the best.

      The characters were so disappointing – they were all either stereotyped or just plain annoying.

      And I so agree! The whole point of a mystery is to be thrilled and go “OMG! I NEVER SAW THAT COMING!”, you know? This one just didn’t have that quality. Thank you!

  25. Good thing that I have never been enticed to read this one. Oh well, I am not really into horror, thriller or suspense books so even if this one managed to snatch a glowing review, I would still not get near within a 10 foot pole.

    Argh. The predictable plot defeats the purpose of this book, ain’t it? And I think I am one of the few who actually like the third person POV narrative but that’s because, I grew up mostly reading books that are told with that kind of narrative. But I understand why it would irk a lot of readers particularly if there are a lot of characters that you need to keep track off. You’ll always be rendered baffled and constantly asking yourself with this question: ” Who is this character again? Is it X or Y?”

    Goodness gracious, I ROFLOL’D to your lesson to self. But good call, Zoe. I assume that the girl on the cover was the one who died. Seems unbelievable the girl was murdered and yet, look at that make up.

    Sorry that this didn’t work out for you. Awesome review!

    1. If this isn’t your normal genre, than definitely don’t start with this one if you ever want to try to get into the genre.

      If you grew up reading books with this type of narrative (minus the boringness – ha!) then I think you might be a bit more adapted than the rest of us. And I definitely had to ask myself those questions over and over again while reading!

      YEAH! I try! Ha! 😉 I feel like she foretold the future and knew she was going to die, so she wore a lot of makeup to look pretty on the news or whatnot. Just kidding…but really?

      Thank you! <3

  26. LOL! Your note to self is hilarious 😀 Ahhh no! It’s hard to write 3rd person POV and make them unique when you have mutiple POVs and I feel like it’s more suitable for fantasy books anyway. Sorry you didn’t connect well with the chracters 🙁 And it sucks that autism wasn’t portrayed well since that’s an important topic to tackle. Ok, you were pretty generous with your rating considering that you figured the mystery as well :O Great review, Zoe!

    1. Haha..thanks Siiri! 😉 I try… xD

      And I completely agree. It’s really hard doing multiple POVs in 3rd person since you don’t get into their heads; so you really have to make it distinct and personable.

      Haha! I try to be generous – ha! 😉 Thank you! <3

  27. I’m sorry this book didn’t meet up with your expectations. When I saw the cover, I thought that it was actually going to be really good! I thought I might pick it up too. I hope you find a better book to read and have a good reading experience soon 😀

    1. Thanks Jillian. 🙁 It’s a shame because it had such an interesting premise, but it’s a shame it didn’t live up. Thank you! <3

  28. Usually I really enjoy reading books in alternating points of view, but I’ve never read books like that in third person. It sounds like it would be hard to connect with the characters because it’s in third person. And ugh, I am so sick of books with predictable endings. *sighs* This book isn’t for me, but thanks for the great review!

    1. I think it always depends on the author. Some authors just have this gift for making the writing reflect their characters perfectly when writing multiple POVs; and some just end up making each POV sound the same, you know? I haven’t read many books with multiple POVs in 3rd person, but it sounds like it’s not a very good strategy. Thanks Ana! Definitely a wise choice you’ve made by skipping it! 😉

  29. Oh no, sad to hear this didn’t live up to your expectations, Zoe. I’m not a wide reader of murder mysteries myself but I can see why this would be disappointing especially with the seemingly 2D characters. Too bad. Great review though!

    1. Thank you Hazel! It’s unfortunate because it did have quite a bit of potential. 🙁 If you’re not someone who typically reads a lot of mysteries, this is probably not one I’d recommend reading if you ever happen to want to try getting into the genre. Thank you!

  30. “WHEN A MURDER MYSTERY HAS A GIRL WITH GREEN EYESHADOW ON THE COVER, LET THAT TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE NOVEL.”

    Haha, omg. I actually don’t get the cover. Is that like, the dead girl? If so, why is she wearing green eyeshadow? Do you think she was trying to camouflage herself?

    Good thing I didn’t fall for the cover or anything, and I’m sorry you’re disappointed. From whatever you have mentioned, I don’t think I’ll enjoy this book at all. Stereotypical and annoying characters? That’s where I just leave.

    Love your honest review!

    1. I think it’s a dead girl (?), but I honestly have no idea. I wondered about the eyeshadow too. Maybe she predicted her death and wanted to hide from the killer? 😉

      Thank you Naban. I think it’s definitely better to stick this one with all the stereotyping it has going on. Thank you! <3

  31. Hmm… Yuck. I’ve read April Henry’s other books, but I think that I’ll stay away from this one for good, since there’s many negative reviews on it. To be honest, I’ve never found one positive review on someone’s blog. I’m sorry that you didn’t like this one, Zoe! The cover is gorgeous and the premise sounds like it is too… Brilliant review!

    1. Unfortunately, yuck is right in this situation Michelle! 🙁 I made the mistake of not reading other reviews before picking this up, so maybe if I paid attention I would have maybe passed this on. Thank you!

  32. I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you. I read April Henry’s The Night She Disappeared and quite enjoyed it. It is a little disappointing if you figure out the murderer’s identity early on, but I find that’s a hazard for me in general because I’ve read sooo many mysteries. Hope your next book works out better. Great honest review. 🙂

    1. If you liked Henry’s first book, I am actually quite interested to see what you think of this one Rachel. I think the more mysteries you read, the more techniques you learn to kind of catch the culprit in the act, you know? Thank you!

    1. I think alternating 3rd person POV could be actually pretty interesting if it was done well, like you said. Thank you!

  33. Such a shame you didn’t like it! I have to agree with you on the third person/three perspectives thing. I’m generally not a fan of the multiple perspectives writing style so I think I might give this one a miss. Lovely review nonetheless 😀

  34. I’d considered this one, but the cover had actually put me off. So glad it did because it sounds pretty awful. I loved Dangerous Boys and Dangerous Girls, so my expectations of YA thrillers is pretty high. This book just sounds dreadful, with bad writing and stereotyped characters – NOT FOR ME! Thanks for the warning, will definitely be avoiding this one.

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