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What She Found in the Woods

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  211 reviews
A thriller about Magda, who's desperate to get over a scandal at her New York private school.

This is Magda's last chance. Recovering from a scandal at her elite New York City private school that threw life into a tailspin, she is shipped off to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest for the summer.

Medicated and uninspired, Magda spends her days in a fog wander
Paperback, UK, 378 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Katie B
Wow, that was a wild ride! The author truly took me on a journey as the story just got more and more crazy. It was a creepy and weird and well, fun reading experience.

I highly recommend going into this one blind. To keep it vague, it's a young adult mystery/thriller. A teenage girl has come to stay with her grandparents in Washington after something terrible happened back home in New York. That's seriously all you need to know ahead of time.

The story hooked me right away as I was curious to why
Angela Staudt
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and SourceFireBooks for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Wow oh wow was this a crazy wild ride. I love books where we don’t know if we can trust the main character because they are an unreliable narrator. Magdalena has just come from a ninth month stay at an insane asylum; she is recovering at her grandparents’ home where she used to go for the summers. She is on a lot of drugs to recover after her mental break down. We don’t know what happened, but throughout this
Meredith Mara
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good YA thriller. And when I picked up WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS, I couldn't put it down. It's deliciously dark and twisted, and oh so good!

Stepping into the fragmented mind of main character Magdalena, who is freshly released from a nine-month stint in a mental hospital following the biggest scandal her elite New York school has ever seen, is a kaleidoscopic experience. Lena's brain is drugged up, and her memories are scattered. In bits and pieces of flashback, we learn what led to L
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for my ARC. This is a captivating YA thriller that will have you racing to the end of this rollercoaster ride! There were many times I thought the story was heading a certain direction, but the twists and turns were surprising and unpredictable. This YA thriller was compelling and at times, disturbing. It is not for the faint at heart, but definitely for those that crave a rush of adrenaline. The final twists lead to a very satisfying conclusion. Apperanc ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hope a lot of people will hear about this book! Because is the definition of a good thriller! Definitely a lot of research involved in writing such a book but the amazing twists and surprises?!?! Just awesome!!
4.5 bloody brilliant stars!

I loved the adroitly plotted twists and turns that had made it difficult to figure out who among the characters stood out as the most suspicious one. Although I admit it was a bit lagging at first but when it came to the thrilling part, where the real action (murderer hunting) began, I was completely consumed by lots of emotions, mostly had something to do with the persistent drive to get to the part where the real killer reveals themselves and revels in the ways they
Julie Zantopoulos
The number of ways this book didn't work for me are staggering. There are certain tropes used in thrillers that have never, and will never, sit well with me. One of those is when we vilify or use mental illness as a plot device. Our main character has schizophrenia and goes on/off meds after being told they're poison by a "medical professional". There's trauma, suicide, and negative depiction of psychiatric hospitals/doctors/nurses/therapists. We have the demonization of people who live off the ...more
Jen Ryland
This got off to a slow start for me and I almost quit but thanks to my Goodreads friends (looking at you, Katie B) I stuck with it and wow, what a CRAZY ride.

Magdalena (referred to in the story as both Magda and Lena) has been sent to her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest after a stint in a psychiatric hospital. She’s on multiple medications and has been writing in her journal as a way to make sense of everything that’s been happening. Slowly, we get the story of what brought her to this po
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3.5 Stars

This book can be listed under many genres. It could be called young adult, mystery, thriller and even romance. It also deals with plenty of timely issues such as mental health, violence, social class, drug use and family dynamics. While the writing itself was okay the pacing was a little too slow for my liking, especially in the beginning chapters. BUT the book redeems itself in the last quarter.

I really enjoyed the parts where we get to read Lena's diary entries. It showed the mind of
CW: Violence, gun-use, violence against animals (hunting), drug use - recreational and medicinal, mental health downward spiral.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publishers/author via Netgalley.

Magdalena is running away from a glamorous NYC life that has turned sour and is staying with her grandparents for the summer. It doesn't take long for Magda to fall in with the old crown of rich kids she knew as a child, but she also meets a stranger in the woods one day while
The Nerd Daily
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sasha Zatz

I always tell myself, thrillers aren’t really my genre. But most often, when I do read a thriller, I like it. The same goes for this book as I was pretty hesitant to pick it up, but when I did, I could barely put it down!

What She Found In The Woods is a dark and dangerous YA thriller about a rich girl who has fallen from high society amid a web of lies and medication. Magda then goes to stay with her grandparents in a small town by a f
Nancy The book junkie
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Kimba Tichenor
Freshly released from a nine-month stay at a mental hospital, our heroine Lena (or Magda) goes to live with her grandparents, where she hopes to salvage some semblance of a normal life. Through excerpts from her journal, the reader gradually learns of what brought her to the mental hospital and how she has used words throughout her life to manipulate people and to seek revenge. Yet, our growing horror at what she has done is tempered by the fact that Lena seems to want to change and makes no exc ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS is an engrossing page turner, with an unreliable narrator who may or may not be a killer.

*Something* happened in New York. After nine months in a psych hospital, Magdalena arrives in Washington state to live with her grandparents for the summer. When bodies start piling up, Magda isn’t sure who she can trust, including herself.

If I was rating WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS solely on the writing and mystery, it’d be a 4 star book. Unfortunately, there are so many problem
Katherine Paschal
I was super confused while reading this book since everyone had called it a thriller, something that I could not get behind for labeling the genre for this story. The first 60% of the book deals with a mentally unstable girl coming to terms with her issues and her past deeds, trying to do the best to make amends and be a good person with the blossoming of love (it felt very much like a contemporary read). And then from 60% to 80% the tone of the story switched to a psychological mystery and then ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

I don’t tend to read thrillers for some reason, but I always seem to enjoy them when I do and it was no different with this book. There’s just something about thrillers that pulls you in and makes your heart beat faster. Having said that, this was definitely in a class of its own, it was intricately woven and there were so many different layers to the story that left me so impressed. There were also so m
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Josephine Angelini is back with What She Found in the Woods and this time it’s a YA thriller. I’ve been a huge fan of the authors work ever since her debut novel Starcrossed released so I was very excited to see she was writing something different. And it was honestly a fantastic read.

The story follows a teenage girl Magda, who following a huge scandal at her private school in New York moves to a quiet town to go live with her grandparents after her psychotic break. There Magda tries to get her
Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
This book is very different to anything I’ve read before! I enjoy YA and I love thrillers but combining the two together isn’t something I’m hugely familiar with.

In What She Found In The Woods, we follow Magda, a teenager who has just left a psychiatric hospital to live with her grandparents. We see how Magda’s mind works and follow the relationships she makes in her Grandparent’s small town. There are definitely lots of twists and turns throughout the story, but unfortunately they didn’t all fe
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Karen Barber
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
'Be like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't' - the advice given to Macbeth by his wife before he commits the murder of King Duncan definitely sprang to mind as I was reading this. Everyone is hiding something, and it's not clear who to trust.
What She Found in the Woods is a pacy thriller, focusing on the story of a young girl with mental health issues who finds herself caught up in events beyond your worst imaginings.
Magda has - we know - done some awful stuff. She's heavily medicat
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This one just wasn't my cup of tea! DNF at 176 pages.

It's a contemporary YA novel that's pretty evenly split between romance and thriller. The romance rubbed me the wrong way and the thriller bits weren't keeping me interested. I think this will work much better for contemporary YA readers.

CW: Animal death by hunting, drug abuse, suicide
Karen Whittard
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great teenage introduction to the thriller genre. This book is really clever with lots of twist and turns. I really enjoyed it.
What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini. Thanks to @sourcebooksfire⭐️⭐️

This was a pretty twisty and turny YA thriller, but I had a difficult time with it. I felt it was a bit everywhere and hard to cohesively put it together. I always have a hard time with books that blur the line between reality and hallucinations. When the main character herself is wondering what is real, I definitely don’t know what’s real and it’s an uncomfortable feeling. There were some sensitive topics in this b
Sasha Zatz
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
-Featuring murder, mystery and self-discovery

I always tell myself, thrillers aren't really my genre. But most often, when I do read a thriller, I like it. The same goes for this book! I was pretty hesitant to pick it up but when I did I could barely put it down!
What She Found in the Woods is a dark and dangerous YA thriller about a rich girl who has fallen from high society amid a web of lies and medication. Magda then goes to stay with her grandparents in a small town by a forest…but all is not
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is ya thriller which has an ending that packs a punch. I did find the beginning a little slow and it didn't really feel like a thriller, hence the four stars.

The book does cover some very sensitive issues, but I think it does it well. It follows Magda/Lena who has an unknown, troubled past at the beginning. She moves to her Grandparents house for the Summer to help her recover. On walks in the woods she finds a mysterious boy who she finally feels like she has a connection with. At the sam
Liv Abrams
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Over the last few years, I’ve really drifted away from YA novels, however this one had me hooked! It’s a very easy and addictive read - a great poolside companion if anyone is making it on holiday this year.
Danni (_forbookssake)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
Following a major scandal at her New York private school, which lead to a psychotic break, Magda has been shipped off to live with her grandparents in a quiet Pacific Northwest town, to regain control, and cut herself off from the world she’s used to.

Rendered emotionless, and unable to feel, by her extremely high dosage of medication, Magda spends her days in a fog. The only solace she finds is in the beautiful hiking trails behind her grandparents’ cottage. All of this changes during one of her
Nikol Popovics
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
When I was little, I always did the things I wasn’t supposed to do. I would sneak ice cream before dinner, steal my sister’s clothes and stay up way past my bed time. Okay, none of these were that bad, but I still fancied myself a rebel. Perhaps the most rebellious thing I did was watch TV shows I wasn’t supposed to, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and true crime documentaries.

I know I was a weird kid because I was obsessed with true crime (I still am). If this book had been published while I was
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An intriguing read, clever plot, wonderful twists and very well written. A great YA thriller, not my usual genre but I was very pleasantly surprised with this read. A very addictive page turner.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Emmie Rose
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Magda who, after a scandal breaks out in her New York City private school, finds herself shipped off to her grandparents’ house for the summer. She is over-medicated, out of her comfort zone and incredibly uninspired to do anything. She spends her days helping her grandmother in the garden, volunteering at the local woman’s shelter for recovering addicts before hi
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