#Review : The Body in the Woods by April Henry

The Body in the Woods Book Cover The Body in the Woods
April Henry
Mystery & Suspense
June 17, 2014

While helping the Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl's murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! The characters were very charming and the story was pretty unique. My fave character was Ruby. She has so many interests and seems very multifaceted. I don’t thinks shes weird at all. Alexis was and ok character too, but she did seem very standoffish. Nick was my least fave character. He seemed to have an anger issue…he thinks about punching people a lot and has like zero patience or self esteem. I found the villain to be interesting. I did figure it out a bit early… but i still like how the boom wrapped up.

I really loved the story itself along the technique aspects like pacing and character development. The only thing i would change is the perspective. I find myself more emotionally invested in first person…it just seems more personal and i enjoy it more. All other aspects of the book was flawless though, in my opinion.

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    April Henry

    I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

    If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

    When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.

    My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 20 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and won the Oregon Book Award.

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