The Killing Woods
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. ...more
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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 ...more
Told in alternating points of view, Christopher's l ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
May have to think about this some more... not that I have time to! Ngl, would still recommend Stolen over this. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 a...more
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.
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When Emily Shepard's ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was a bit slower paced t ...more
Lucy Christopher's other novel Stolen (well, more like one of her others since she has also published one called Flyaway) captured my heart when I read it a couple of years ago and it remains one of my favorites. I still reread bits regularly and I never don't tear up at the ending. Ever. That set a very high standard for The Killing Woods that it probably didn't deserve to be held up to, but ...more
I loved Stolen; it was one of the first YA books that I've ever read back when I first discovered the Young Adult genre. Her writing style is what I've come to love abo ...more
A girl has been found dead in the woods behind Emily’s house and now her Father is being accused of murdering her. Emily’s life is suddenly turned upside down and with her Father suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and flashbacks, he can’t remember what really happened that night. Determined to find out what really happened, Emily seeks out the one person who might have some answers, the d ...more
Usually I find it harder, especially when it comes to listening, to books that take place in other countries. I also find it hard to listen to narrators with an English accent. However, I didn't seem to have any trouble with this book. Although I didn't have difficulty listening with the accent, I did have a bit of trouble with some of the things referred to in the book. I'm not certain with some of the happenings in the book. ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Killing Woods By Lucy Christopher - Starting July 24th 2014||19||29||Jul 24, 2014 08:20AM|
Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen ...more