Henry Holt and Co, 2014
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: All Teens
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.
This was an appealing mystery for teens, but as an adult, I saw through it a bit too much. So for me, The Body in the Woods was average, but for teens, I think it will be awesome. One of my dislikes about the book was that there were so many characters. It made it difficult for me to get attached of any of them, or even remember which was which. However, the mystery was suspenseful and the concept interesting. The storyline became even more interesting to me once I knew that it was based on a job real teens have had. Honestly, I wanted to know more about that. I’ll read the next book and see if it grabs me a bit more!