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Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about ...more
Paperback, UK, 369 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Chicken House Ltd
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Wendy Darling
I think it's pretty easy to tell if you're going to like this book fairly early on. I felt a disconnect with the writing style from the very beginning, which unfortunately never went away--and if anything, I got more and more frustrated and bored with both the story and the style.

Story: I never really understood what the Game was that these kids played in the woods. (Intial cap is not mine.) The collars and such seemed so silly to me that I couldn't really wrap my mind around what was going on.
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Keertana
Jan 05, 2014 Keertana rated it it was ok
If Lucy Christopher's name hadn't been printed on the cover of this novel, I wouldn't have believed she wrote it. Granted, the prose is gorgeous, but the emotional complexity, character depth, and general plot originality I've come to expect from the author of Stolen wasn't present in this novel. Not in the least. Admittedly, I didn't expect The Killing Woods to be another Stolen, but I didn't expect to feel so apathetic to it as a whole either.

Told in alternating points of view, Christopher's l
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Melanie
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2.5 stars

Thank you Scholastic Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

If you go down in the woods today,
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods today,
You'd better go in disguise.

I feel somewhat conflicted with The Killing Woods. I have heard the ongoing praise for Stolen: A Letter To My Captor so I simply assumed that Lucy Christopher's latest had to be an exceptional read. Unfortunately
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Giselle
Nov 27, 2013 Giselle rated it liked it
After having had numerous recommendations for her other novel, Stolen, my first thought upon receiving this novel - in a genre that is incredibly up my alley - was that it was going to rock my socks off. And although my feet are still warm and snugly, I had a great time reading this novel that holds an awesome setting with a creeptastic premise.

The first thing I immediately noticed upon reading this book was how it was very much a show rather than tell type of writing - which I happen to prefer
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Emily Anne
Wow. Well, I went into this book expecting a “meh” read after seeing a lot of reviews that called The Killing Woods “just okay”. I am so glad that I still read the book, as I was completely immersed into the creepy tale. And while I know that The Killing Woods won’t work for everybody, I absolutely loved the book.

Lucy Christopher’s writing style was what initially drew me into the book. It’s gritty and compelling in a way that had me gobbling up the words. I am also glad that Emily and Damon, wh
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Iolanda
Sep 27, 2014 Iolanda rated it it was ok
Absolutely and incredibly disappointed in this new novel that Christopher has written. After successfully and completely engrossing me in her bestseller, Stolen––I was hoping that this would be another gripping page turner by all of the hype inside the the book. Then, I looked on goodreads and skimmed the reviews which hardly had any 5 star ratings or positive feedback and that made me a little annoyed as Stolen was so praised. But then, I finally got around to reading the book just a few days a ...more
Louisa
3.5 stars. This book has the misfortune of following Dangerous Girls in my reading list, and I don't think I gelled with the way the whole mystery was laid out/narrated. Plus I guessed what happened pretty early in. It might be a it's-me-not-you scenario. I'm sure others will enjoy it more than I did, I just grew bored about halfway in.

May have to think about this some more... not that I have time to! Ngl, would still recommend Stolen over this.
grace
Jun 12, 2015 grace rated it really liked it
3.5! I was a little disappointed with this because Stolen is one of my favorite books, so I expected the same level of greatness from The Killing Woods. I liked the story line, the characters were...different. I wish I got to know Emily a little better, I just felt like I didn't really know her mind set. What I did like was how PTSD was described and how it showed the impact this disorder can have on someone and their family. I liked the mystery, too, but I felt like the end was pretty predictab ...more
Vee
Jun 03, 2015 Vee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-ausgabe
Das Buch war zwischenzeitlich wirklich spannend und hat mich manchmal gegruselt, weil es einfach zeigte, dass jeder Mensch eine böse Seite in sich trägt und sie manchmal eben auch Grenzen überschreiten kann. Dennoch war es eben ein Jugendthriller, der zwar ein Page-turner war, aber ich konnte keine richtige Nähe zu den Charakteren aufbauen. Vielleicht lag es am Schreibstil oder an den Charakteren selbst, ich weiß es nicht genau.
Warum genau das Mädchen gestorben ist hatte ich mir schon früh denk
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Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Jul 13, 2014 Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser) marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-own
Wait . . . Wait a second . . .

HOW DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS BOOK SOONER??!!!

I've read the two other books by Lucy Christopher and . . . well . . . when I finished Stolen . . .



If anyone needs me, I shall be celebrating the next Christopher novel. By fangirling.



I WANT THIS NOW.



I NEED THIS NOW.



That is all.

Please check out my blog, where I also fangirl: http://obsessivereads.wordpress.com/

Abbie
Jul 24, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it
The Killing Woods was better than the authors other book, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, but it wasn't great.

I felt really sorry for Emily in the beginning.
Everybody was taking her dad's arrest out on her, and it wasn't fair. Even if what everybody was saying was true, and her dad was stalking Ashlee prior to killing her, she still didn't deserve the backlash from it.

This started out okay, but after a couple of chapters it started to go a bit slow.
In the middle, it really started to drag, so i
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Kristen
Dec 28, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a first-reads. Thank you!
4/5 stars

The Skinny:

Emily’s dad suffers from PTSD and is prone to intense flashbacks, which makes the fact that he carried a dead girl’s body out of the woods near their house seem even more suspicious. Emily, convinced of her dad’s innocence, sets out to discover the truth. Along the way her path continually crosses that of Damon Hillary, the murdered girl’s boyfriend. Emily furiously tries unraveling what happened, but everyone has their secret
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Sarah Marie
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

3.5 stars

Emily’s dad is a war veteran with PTSD and when he brings a dead body home after a night in the woods, he is accused for murder. Emily knows her father didn’t do it, but it seems like no one believes her. Damon Hillary was Ashlee Parker’s boyfriend and he can’t remember what happened the night Ashlee died. The games he and his friends played in the woods are not the only games he starts playing when he starts talking to Emily. I consider myself to be

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Vickie Wilson
Jun 11, 2016 Vickie Wilson rated it it was ok
When I got about half way through this book I told myself, "If I get to the end and the person who I think is the murderer turns out to be innocent, I'll give this book a 3 star rating." As you can see, my guess was correct, simply because it was SO FREAKING OBVIOUS who did the murdering. The rest was just a yawn fest.

What makes this book super disappointing was that this is the author of Stolen, a book I hold very close to my heart and has so many adoring fans. This book just felt like it was w
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Rayne
2.5 stars

What a waste of a perfectly good story. The first 50 pages or so are very engrossing, but then the mystery, the characters and the story itself fall through the cracks that being overly ambitious left in this book. The book should've settled in just one of the two POVs. There was no need for both of them, and the shifting between the two hurt the suspense in the novel for no purpose whatsoever. I understand the allure of both characters for both of them were interesting enough to warran
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Emma
Mar 11, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
The similarities between these novels is that they are YA Mystery/Thriller. Unlike Fracture, I was very much more hesitant to read this. It was recommended me to me several times and I read some highly appraised reviews. This one had hype written all over it. So I didn't read it straight away, I read it when I felt comfortable and wasn't forced too because of the hype and the release date. I knew what I was getting into and for me that lowers my overall rating of this book.

When Emily Shepard's
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Michelle Arrow


The funny thing in this situation is that I extremely have held off of writing this review. It's honestly been more than two weeks since I finished this, and I've found that I keep on moving it, haha. It's not that I'm speechless or wordless, it's just that this was so different and stranger than what I expected.

If I saw that I was going to read this book before Stolen one year ago, I wouldn't have believed it. I've heard so many positive things on Stolen, and I've been dying to pick it up eve
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Katherine
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"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."-Robert Frost


Setting:Darkwood, England; 2014. It took me forever to figure out that this book was set in England.

Coverly Love?:Yes! It's super shiny, and the image of the girl running through the woods is incredibly haunting.

Plot:Since coming back from the war, Emily Shepard's father has never been the same. Suffering from a severe case of post traumatic stress diso
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I have to confess: I was a tad disappointed with this. Why? I'm still figuring it out... I think it was the amount of fluff in the writing. I just wanted to get to the point. WHO IS THE DANG KILLER?! TELL ME.

Since we're talking about it already: writing? It's very dreamy and detailed...which sometimes I really like. I do! But this time? It frustrated me. I skimmed to get to the interesting bits. I felt a lot of the chapters were killing (pardon me) time. And it dragged. *nods off*

But on the
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review!

This review, and others like it, can be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I had some seriously high expectations for my second Lucy Christopher novel after the gut-punch that was Stolen . From other reader reactions, though, I knew to lower expectations a bit, that this would not hit me right in the feels like her previous novel. And while that may be true, I still really enjoyed this novel, and I attribute that
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rubywednesday
When I saw this in the book shop I was all OMG NEW BOOK BY THE WRITER OF Stolen: A Letter to My Captor MUST PURCHASE IMMEDIATELY.

And that was a mistake. Maybe I should have listened to my gut when the gimmicky thing on the back cover bugged me. This was nowhere as intriguing and delicately executed as Stolen. It was clunky and unrealistic and generally disappointing.

The general tone and concept (ie main characters not really remembering/acknowledging major, sad things) reminded me a little of Hu
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Creepy, dark stories are certainly ones that I enjoy, for the way they can scare you from a few well written passages. The Killing Woods is written around a deep, dark forest where a dangerous game is played within it which leads to an unexpected murder of a popular girl, Ashlee.

The suspect of the murder is a war veteran who walks into his home carrying the dead body. He suffers from hallucinations and PTSD (yes, my 3rd PTSD
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Bill
Nov 22, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing
0 to 80 in seconds! I have rarely read a novel so well crafted that pumps up the suspense from the first page and keeps you riveted as the tale unfolds.

Who killed Ashlee in the woods? Was it Emily’s post traumatic stressed
dad, who had accidentally killed a teenager in war? Or could it have been someone else? Emily’s dad, caught in a flashback, thinks it might have been him and confesses to manslaughter.

But Emily’s not convinced, and as we hear her point of view, and the point of view of dead Ash
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Sarah
This was an okay story, but I did lose interest.

Emily and Damon were both okay characters although I couldn’t really say that I liked either of them that much. I did feel a bit sorry for Emily in the way her friends at school treated her, but I was convinced that Damon has something to do with what happened to Ashley.

The storyline in this was okay, but it wasn’t really exciting enough to keep me interested. I wanted to know what had happened, and who the murderer was, but I didn’t enjoy the stor
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Helen Stower
Following a storm, Emily's father emerges from the woods behind their house with the dead body of teenage girl named Ashlee in his arms. Emily recognizes her straight away because they go to the same school. She has been strangled and Emily's Dad, a war veteran suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been accused of her murder.

Despite the fact that her Dad won't deny killing this girl, Emily is convinced he is innocent and starts to investigate what happened that night. And very quickly we
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
A really compelling read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Killing Woods is the latest offering from Lucy Christopher, an author whose debut novel Stolen I loved, and quite honestly I have been desperate to get my hands on a copy for a while now. I'm glad to report it lived up my increasingly high expectations.

I won't say too much as the story because I don't want to spoil it at all but I will say it kept me guessing throughout and I loved how the story twisted and turned as it progressed. I love
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Carrie
Jan 06, 2015 Carrie rated it liked it
I truly enjoyed "Stolen", so I was ecstatic when I saw Ms. Christopher had written another book! Sadly, "The Killing Woods" didn't live up to my expectations. The summary intrigued me and sounded interesting. However, the book itself was A LOT of vague musings and angst-y ponderings by two teens. I know Ms. Christopher had to keep things vague to maintain the mystery until the end, but things were almost a little TOO vague; for so much of the book I really didn't know what the characters were ta ...more
Dani
Mar 30, 2015 Dani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE ONLY REASON I picked up this book was because I absolutely loved "Stolen" by Lucy Christopher and was more than eager to read another book by her. UNFORTUNATELY, I found this book to be confusing, boring, and a little bit weird. This book is all about a girl who lives with her father, a former soldier, suffering from PTSD. The story opens with Emily watching her father carry a dead girl out of the woods and into the house. With the fathers violent background, he is the number one suspect for ...more
Kirsti
Feb 22, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Yeah! Totally blew off my funk from the last terrible book I read. It can be so hard to pick up something else when you've had a really bad book, but I am so glad I did! I was enthralled from the start, and found myself in a position that is rare for me with murder mystery type books; I had no idea who the killer was or why, and changed my mind five times before the big reveal. I even went back to thinking that Emily's dad really did do it after all, and that the book was just taking me for a ri ...more
Sophie
Apr 14, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
The Killing Woods is a hard book to rate. For one thing, it has lots of good points. For example, the character of Emily, she's tough, she's resourceful but she's not like a super teenager, she reacts to the situations the way you'd expect her to.

Then, things begin to get a little weird. The Killing Woods tells the story of Emily, who's Dad is being charged with manslaughter after supposedly killing a girl named Ashlee Parker in the woods. Everyone immediately turns against her, and, in an unre
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Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

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