The Killing Woods
Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats ...more
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
Told in alternating points of view, Christopher's l ...more
My feelings are pretty mixed on this book. I have had a copy of this book in my review pile for a very long time so I am thrilled to be able to scratch it from my to be read list but I do wish it had worked a little better for me. I felt like this book was really slow at times and I found it rather easy to set aside. There were parts of the book that I did enjoy but I had quite a few issues with it as well.
I did think that the book s ...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
The Killing Woods sounded creepy, mysterious, interesting. It ended up being none of those.
Emily's father has brought home the body of a dead girl named Ashlee. The man has no recollection of having killed her. Add to this, he has severe PTSD. He's arrested, takes a plea bargain, and heads on off to be incarcerated. Um, WHAT?! The man has a mental disorder and because he confesses (since he cannot remember anything), the police, his lawyer, and even his wife allow this to h ...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.
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...more
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Emily's father is accused of killing a teenage girl when he comes home with her dead body one night. Emily's "friends" turn on her, and Damon, the boyfriend of the girl who was killed, is angry at Emily and Emily's father for what happened.
A war veteran with PTSD, her father's lawyers say that he might have had a flashback, killing the girl not on purpose, but in a horrible accident. But Emily is determined to find ...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
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
"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
CHARACTERS: I hated both of them. Daemon was obnoxious. He punished/bullied Emily for not believing her dad commited the murder of his girlfriend. When he wasting raging about that he was wondering whether he slept with Ashlee on the night she died. He ...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
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
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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 tha ...more
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 ...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
When Emily Shepard's ...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
The thoughts of the characters were strong, but not their relationships to each other. I always sort of dread alternating viewpoints, and it wasn't very exciting here. Although I did find the thoughts of both characters interesting, I kind of w ...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
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 ...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
EDIT: Reread because I was on the fence about my rating. My rating stands.
It's not every day that I can pick up a mystery and not know early on who the culprit is. This book kept me guessing until the very end. The pacing was fantastic and the little breadcrumbs and clues along the way were well-placed.
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Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen ...more