After the Woods

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After the Woods
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Age Range
13+
Release Date
February 23, 2016
ISBN
978-0374300555
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Would you risk your life to save your best friend? Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t seem to fully remember. Now it’s one year later, and as Julia settles into her junior year, a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving the whip-smart Julia in a stupor at awkward moments—in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example. Julia copes by recording facts: collecting statistics about abductions, drawing diagrams of the players, and making lists. Her best friend, Liv, was also abducted by the same man, but she managed to escape while Julia was left behind. Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia in the woods the reason she’s starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with a volatile temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back? As Julia struggles to make sense of her friend’s self-destructive behavior, she realizes the one person she thinks she knows best—Liv—is the person she knows least of all.

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Harrowing and Fascinating.
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
I’m torn between loving and despising this book. I don’t like to be tricked. And even though so many clues were given to me and I was expecting some of it, I was -to say the least, disgusted.

It’s complicated.
It’s destructive.
It’s terrifying.
It’s harrowing.
It’s kids doing stupid stuff that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
And because it is all of that, it is also intriguing and oddly fascinating.

After the Woods dramatically starts with an abduction. But it quickly slows down and delves into the lives of someone after an abduction. And then, it picks up into a game of seek and find. Ultimately, I was left with even more questions! (I think Liv and Donald Jessup need their own books. Thank you).

Every character in this book plays a crucial part. Especially the minor ones.

There is so much going on that I had a hard time keeping up and had to back track a few times to understand (in a good way. I liked the confusion. It’s exciting).

As the writing is perfectly descriptive of someone who has been through hell, I couldn’t help but need more. I felt like I was supposed to know stuff that hadn’t been said.

And maybe what angers (yes, this book made my grumpy old lady come out) me the most is the deception and manipulation. The fact that someone would ultimately ruin some else’s life just to get a little peace in theirs. That’s what a sociopath does. And I’m not talking about the guy who kidnapped a girl.

Sometimes it is the person you’re least expecting. Sometimes it’s the person right in front of you.

After the Woods is a highly engrossing, mind bending thriller. This is almost as horrid as Gone Girl, but not as evil. Although, maybe this is where the girl in Gone Girl gets her start.
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