The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Published October 3, 2013 by Chicken House/Scholastic
Source: the publisher
Rating: 2 stars
From the blurb: 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 games that are played in the dark.
It must be hard as an author to write a follow up to a book so intensely loved by readers, like Stolen by Lucy Christopher. So, when I heard about her latest book, The Killing Woods, I tried not to let my hopes get too high. It’s hard as a book blogger to write a review of a book that left you without any strong feelings, and this is the case with The Killing Woods.
Christopher showed us in Stolen how to make the setting a character and how much influence it can have over the story, and while I enjoyed the descriptions of the woods in this story, I never felt its overpowering presence; neither did I care much for the actual characters. I felt sympathetic towards Emily, but the plot line involving Damon and his mates was not very intriguing.
The beginning had a very strong paranormal feel and I was expecting something a little out of the ordinary to occur in the woods. I kept waiting to feel creeped out, kept waiting for the plot to become thrilling and nail biting but the ending, and what happened between Damon and his friends, fell flat. I was neither shocked nor surprised.
I think readers who have not read Stolen might have better luck with this, they won't have expectations of another story as powerful as that, as well as readers who are into books involving a slight mysterious aspect.
Thank you to the wonderful people at Scholastic for my review copy.