The Killing Woods

The Killing Woods

by Lucy Christopher


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The latest thrilling adventure from the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN -- now in paperback!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 into silence.What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545461016
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 574,601
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lucy Christopher's novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's Gold Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it "an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers, and THE KILLING WOODS, a novel for young adults. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.

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The Killing Woods 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that you can't put down. I didn't really like the ending although I will say I didn't see it coming. It was such an addicting book and I finished in a day (I was super addicted) But seriously read this book!
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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 started out really strong. Emily's dad brings home a girl that Emily knows from school, Ashlee. Ashlee is dead and Emily's father can't remember what happened so he is charged with the crime. Emily knows her dad and does not think that he is capable of the crime that he has been accused of committing since he has always been a very gentle man. Damon was Ashlee's boyfriend. He was with her in the woods on the night that she died but he doesn't remember what happened either. Damon, Ashlee, and their friends had been doing drugs that night and Damon's memories from the night don't explain everything that happened. He has a lot of questions about the night and wants to remember how things happened. I found this book to be pretty predictable. I thought it was pretty obvious from the beginning that someone else was responsible for what had happened to Ashlee. There were long sections of the book where I felt like nothing was really happening and they were no closer to finding out what had happened to Ashlee than they were at the start of the book. I also found this book to be somewhat confusing. There is a lot of talk regarding the game that Ashlee, Damon, and their friends were playing on the night in question. I tried to understand this game but I was just as confused about the game at the end of the book as I was at the beginning. This game was talked about so many times during the book but I can't figure out what the goal was or how it could be any fun to play. Another confusing thing that happened in the book is that Damon is in a position to give a punishment to Emily at school despite the fact that they are roughly the same age which didn't make any sense to me. I did like both of the narrators. Fiona Hardingham and Shaun Grindell both did a great job with this book. I thought that they both brought a lot of emotion to the story and made things a lot more exciting at times. I thought that their voices fit the characters of Emily and Damon really well and were very pleasant to listen to. I think that I probably liked this book a bit more because I decided to listen to the audiobook and I would not hesitate to listen to either narrator again in the future. This wasn't really a book for me but I do think that others might enjoy the story a lot more than I did. I would suggest giving it a try if you think that it sounds like something you might enjoy. I received a digital review copy of this book from Scholastic - Chicken House via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Hoopla.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How amazing this book was. The detail used to describe feelings and thoughts is breath-taking. Every page takes you deeper into the mystery of a death, and not once will you ever want to put it down. I definitely suggest this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book im reading the one from my high school library though and only on chapter 30 i can say that this is the best book ever besides crash into you. First time reading Lucy Christopher book and it is amazing,she is an awesome author. Feel like im actually there. I feel the pain for Emily Shepard and how she doesnt want to admit that her dad may be a killer. Damon Hilary...after realizeing that he almost choked his best mate I predict that its what he did to his dead girlfriend Ashlee Parker. And he is willing to let Emily's father take the blame for what he may have done. -lovely princess
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I received the suspenseful, mystery filled, well-written story The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher free through Goodreads. The story is told in the first point of view through the eyes of two engaging characters, Emily Shepherd and Damon Hilary. Even though Emily's dad suffers from PTSD and carried a girl's dead body from the woods into the kitchen and is arrested for the murder of Ashlee, Emily is convinced that someone else did it and goes about trying to prove it. Damon and his friends had been in the woods with Ashlee that night partying and Damon can't remember everything. Read the highly recommended well written murder mystery with captivating characters The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
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ToriatYABookQueens More than 1 year ago
NOTE: I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation in return for writing this candid review on the product.  First off, I just wanted to say that this book is nothing like Stolen, Lucy Christopher's other book. I absolutely loved Stolen, and I probably wouldn't have ever requested this book from Chicken House on NetGalley if it weren't for the fact that Christopher's name was tacked on it. When reading this book, I hate to say that I expected more from Christopher, but I did. I expected to be emotionally invested in the characters, which didn't happen. The one thing that did happen was the imagery. The imagery in The Killing Woods, like in Stolen, is amazing. I could picture Darkwood in my mind like I was actually there. The details and precision in explaining Darkwood was just astounding, and it reminded me of why I loved Christopher's writing in the first place. But like I said above, I wanted to be emotionally invested in the characters. Well, I wasn't. In fact, I was pretty apathetic toward the cast. And after learning how Ashlee really died, I couldn't care less. I was pretty neutral throughout the entire book as far as feelings go. Also there was Damon and Emily, our two narrators. Yes, the book is in split points of views. I honestly liked Damon, to be fair. Emily? Not so much. I've decided that I only liked Damon because I felt bad for him. Sure, he shouldn't have been on drugs and all, but it would suck to not remember. Plus his girlfriend died. I had minor sympathy for him, but it was still there. Emily was a flat character without substance. I didn't like her at all. She was too soft (except when she tackled Kirsty), and she just didn't appeal to me as a "heroine." I found myself rooting for her to be the next victim. Simply put, she just really irritated me. And I guessed the murderer about 20 pages into the book. That isn't a good thing. I'm usually really bad at guessing the killer, so when I actually do, it must be pretty obvious. It just irritated me that this book was a murder/mystery/thriller, and yet I still guessed the killer before any real hints were given. It was just a bit too predictable. Something I did like about the book, though, was the creepy and ominous "Game" (okay, well, the Game ended up not being that creepy and ominous but the buildup toward the revelation regarding the Game was great!). I also liked the fact that I liked Ashlee less and less as the book went along. I love books where the main character(s) slowly uncover secrets about a murdered person. It reminds me of a scandalous Bones episode. In conclusion, I thought this book was okay. I'm not too overly excited about it, but I think it's worth a read if you liked Stolen. Just don't have your hopes up too high. I think I would've liked The Killing Woods a lot more if I hadn't read Stolen first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I love the way Christopher writes his books! Good book! Read it!(: 4.5 --M
TipsyLit More than 1 year ago
Some random blogger sent me this book for winning something somewhere. Had no idea what to expect. Blew. My. Ever. Loving. Mind. Christopher wrote another book that I’m dying to read called Stolen. It’s the letter from a sixteen-year-old girl to her captor after she’s abducted in an airport. Holy. Intense. How does Christopher sleep at night? Who cares. The Killing Woods was phenomenal. It only has 21 reviews on amazon, which shocks me, because Stolen has over 200 and this book really impressed me. I won’t tell you too many details because I just don’t want to ruin any of this intricate plot. Truly. Basically, a teenager is found dead in the woods and Emily Shepherd’s dad is accused of doing it. He retreats into silence. Emily knows he’s innocent. Bam. That’s all I’m going to tell you. The nitty gritty: Christopher writes from two different viewpoints: Emily’s, and the boyfriend of the dead teenager, Damon. The fonts are different, and each chapter changes viewpoints, so the change in perspective is expected and reads with a much easier flow than I thought. I never thought character hopping between two people could be that smooth. Plot: constantly moved forward. Always kept me guessing. It has an eerie, haunting kind of feel. As if you didn’t pick up on that from the cover. The final resolution surprised me, and I love that. It really all worked together well. There’s a lot of tension and unknowns in this plot, so I’m impressed with anyone’s ability to weave this all together. Characters: distinct. Great tone. Loved, loved them. Damon had the most jagged personality, and I really liked it. Downfalls: The back cover of this book is pretty much just an advertisement for Stolen, and it’s mentioned all over the place, which has nothing to do with the book, but I just had to say it, because it bugged me a little. Some reviewers have said this confused them, and I can see why they might think that, but I didn’t find it that way myself. I thought it was pretty straightforward. I read it while I brushed my teeth. ‘Nuff said. Five Big Fat Stars *****