The Killing Woods

The Killing Woods 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

  • Title: The Killing Woods
  • Author: Lucy Christopher
  • ISBN: 9781906427726
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aboutEmily 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.A new psychological thriller from the award winning and bestselling author of STOLEN and FLYAWAY.

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    1. Lucy Christopher

      Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.Lucy s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree Stolen explores her thoughts on the Australian desert through the story about a teenage girl who is kidnapped and taken there Lucy is working on another teen novel When she is not writing, Lucy spends her time daydreaming, emailing friends and horseback riding a mare named Topaz as well as helping to run a kid s wildlife group at Newport Wetlands.


    1. I think it's pretty easy to tell if you're going to like this book fairly early on. I felt a disconnect with the writing style from the very beginning, which unfortunately never went away--and if anything, I got more and more frustrated and bored with both the story and the style.Story: I never really understood what the Game was that these kids played in the woods. (Intial cap is not mine.) The collars and such seemed so silly to me that I couldn't really wrap my mind around what was going on. [...]

    2. If Lucy Christopher's name hadn't been printed on the cover of this novel, I wouldn't have believed she wrote it. Granted, the prose is gorgeous, but the emotional complexity, character depth, and general plot originality I've come to expect from the author of Stolen wasn't present in this novel. Not in the least. Admittedly, I didn't expect The Killing Woods to be another Stolen, but I didn't expect to feel so apathetic to it as a whole either.Told in alternating points of view, Christopher's l [...]

    3. See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads2.5 starsThank you Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.If you go down in the woods today,You're sure of a big surprise.If you go down in the woods today,You'd better go in disguise. I feel somewhat conflicted with The Killing Woods. I have heard the ongoing praise for Stolen: A Letter To My Captor so I simply assumed that Lucy Christopher's latest had to be an exceptional read. Unfortunately, I was mist [...]

    4. Oh, where to begin. The Killing Woods sounded creepy, mysterious, interesting. It ended up being none of those. Emily's father has brought home the body of a dead girl named Ashlee. The man has no recollection of having killed her. Add to this, he has severe PTSD. He's arrested, takes a plea bargain, and heads on off to be incarcerated. Um, WHAT?! The man has a mental disorder and because he confesses (since he cannot remember anything), the police, his lawyer, and even his wife allow this to ha [...]

    5. After having had numerous recommendations for her other novel, Stolen, my first thought upon receiving this novel - in a genre that is incredibly up my alley - was that it was going to rock my socks off. And although my feet are still warm and snugly, I had a great time reading this novel that holds an awesome setting with a creeptastic premise. The first thing I immediately noticed upon reading this book was how it was very much a show rather than tell type of writing - which I happen to prefer [...]

    6. Wow. Well, I went into this book expecting a “meh” read after seeing a lot of reviews that called The Killing Woods “just okay”. I am so glad that I still read the book, as I was completely immersed into the creepy tale. And while I know that The Killing Woods won’t work for everybody, I absolutely loved the book.Lucy Christopher’s writing style was what initially drew me into the book. It’s gritty and compelling in a way that had me gobbling up the words. I am also glad that Emily [...]

    7. Absolutely and incredibly disappointed in this new novel that Christopher has written. After successfully and completely engrossing me in her bestseller, Stolen––I was hoping that this would be another gripping page turner by all of the hype inside the the book. Then, I looked on and skimmed the reviews which hardly had any 5 star ratings or positive feedback and that made me a little annoyed as Stolen was so praised. But then, I finally got around to reading the book just a few days ago an [...]

    8. 3.5 stars. This book has the misfortune of followingDangerous Girlsin my reading list, and I don't think I gelled with the way the whole mystery was laid out/narrated. Plus I guessed what happened pretty early in. It might be a it's-me-not-you scenario. I'm sure others will enjoy it more than I did, I just grew bored about halfway in.May have to think about this some more not that I have time to! Ngl, would still recommendStolenover this.

    9. 3.5! I was a little disappointed with this because Stolen is one of my favorite books, so I expected the same level of greatness from The Killing Woods. I liked the story line, the characters weredifferent. I wish I got to know Emily a little better, I just felt like I didn't really know her mind set. What I did like was how PTSD was described and how it showed the impact this disorder can have on someone and their family. I liked the mystery, too, but I felt like the end was pretty predictable. [...]

    10. Das Buch war zwischenzeitlich wirklich spannend und hat mich manchmal gegruselt, weil es einfach zeigte, dass jeder Mensch eine böse Seite in sich trägt und sie manchmal eben auch Grenzen überschreiten kann. Dennoch war es eben ein Jugendthriller, der zwar ein Page-turner war, aber ich konnte keine richtige Nähe zu den Charakteren aufbauen. Vielleicht lag es am Schreibstil oder an den Charakteren selbst, ich weiß es nicht genau. Warum genau das Mädchen gestorben ist hatte ich mir schon fr [...]

    11. The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher3.5 starsEmily’s dad is a war veteran with PTSD and when he brings a dead body home after a night in the woods, he is accused for murder. Emily knows her father didn’t do it, but it seems like no one believes her. Damon Hillary was Ashlee Parker’s boyfriend and he can’t remember what happened the night Ashlee died. The games he and his friends played in the woods are not the only games he starts playing when he starts talking to Emily. I consider myse [...]

    12. 3.5 starsThis review can also be found at fortheloveofbooksreviewssEmily's father is accused of killing a teenage girl when he comes home with her dead body one night. Emily's "friends" turn on her, and Damon, the boyfriend of the girl who was killed, is angry at Emily and Emily's father for what happened.A war veteran with PTSD, her father's lawyers say that he might have had a flashback, killing the girl not on purpose, but in a horrible accident. But Emily is determined to find out the truth, [...]

    13. 0 to 80 in seconds! I have rarely read a novel so well crafted that pumps up the suspense from the first page and keeps you riveted as the tale unfolds.Who killed Ashlee in the woods? Was it Emily’s post traumatic stresseddad, who had accidentally killed a teenager in war? Or could it have been someone else? Emily’s dad, caught in a flashback, thinks it might have been him and confesses to manslaughter.But Emily’s not convinced, and as we hear her point of view, and the point of view of de [...]

    14. The Killing Woods was better than the authors other book, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, but it wasn't great.I felt really sorry for Emily in the beginning. Everybody was taking her dad's arrest out on her, and it wasn't fair. Even if what everybody was saying was true, and her dad was stalking Ashlee prior to killing her, she still didn't deserve the backlash from it.This started out okay, but after a couple of chapters it started to go a bit slow.In the middle, it really started to drag, so i [...]

    15. "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep."-Robert FrostSetting:Darkwood, England; 2014. It took me forever to figure out that this book was set in England.Coverly Love?:Yes! It's super shiny, and the image of the girl running through the woods is incredibly haunting. Plot:Since coming back from the war, Emily Shepard's father has never been the same. Suffering from a severe case of post traumatic stress disord [...]

    16. When I saw this in the book shop I was all OMG NEW BOOK BY THE WRITER OF Stolen: A Letter to My Captor MUST PURCHASE IMMEDIATELY.And that was a mistake. Maybe I should have listened to my gut when the gimmicky thing on the back cover bugged me. This was nowhere as intriguing and delicately executed as Stolen. It was clunky and unrealistic and generally disappointing.The general tone and concept (ie main characters not really remembering/acknowledging major, sad things) reminded me a little of Hu [...]

    17. The funny thing in this situation is that I extremely have held off of writing this review. It's honestly been more than two weeks since I finished this, and I've found that I keep on moving it, haha. It's not that I'm speechless or wordless, it's just that this was so different and stranger than what I expected. If I saw that I was going to read this book before Stolen one year ago, I wouldn't have believed it. I've heard so many positive things on Stolen, and I've been dying to pick it up ever [...]

    18. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review!This review, and others like it, can be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.I had some seriously high expectations for my second Lucy Christopher novel after the gut-punch that was Stolen.  From other reader reactions, though, I knew to lower expectations a bit, that this would not hit me right in the feels like her previous novel.  And while that may be true, I still really enjoyed this novel, and I attribute tha [...]

    19. I have to confess: I was a tad disappointed with this. Why? I'm still figuring it out I think it was the amount of fluff in the writing. I just wanted to get to the point. WHO IS THE DANG KILLER?! TELL ME.Since we're talking about it already: writing?It's very dreamy and detailedwhich sometimes I really like. I do! But this time? It frustrated me. I skimmed to get to the interesting bits. I felt a lot of the chapters were killing (pardon me) time. And it dragged. *nods off*But on the other hand, [...]

    20. 2.5 starsWhat a waste of a perfectly good story. The first 50 pages or so are very engrossing, but then the mystery, the characters and the story itself fall through the cracks that being overly ambitious left in this book. The book should've settled in just one of the two POVs. There was no need for both of them, and the shifting between the two hurt the suspense in the novel for no purpose whatsoever. I understand the allure of both characters for both of them were interesting enough to warran [...]

    21. This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!Creepy, dark stories are certainly ones that I enjoy, for the way they can scare you from a few well written passages. The Killing Woods is written around a deep, dark forest where a dangerous game is played within it which leads to an unexpected murder of a popular girl, Ashlee.The suspect of the murder is a war veteran who walks into his home carrying the dead body. He suffers from hallucinations and PTSD (yes, my 3rd PTSD [...]

    22. The similarities between these novels is that they are YA Mystery/Thriller. Unlike Fracture, I was very much more hesitant to read this. It was recommended me to me several times and I read some highly appraised reviews. This one had hype written all over it. So I didn't read it straight away, I read it when I felt comfortable and wasn't forced too because of the hype and the release date. I knew what I was getting into and for me that lowers my overall rating of this book. When Emily Shepard's [...]

    23. I received this book as a first-reads. Thank you!4/5 starsThe Skinny: Emily’s dad suffers from PTSD and is prone to intense flashbacks, which makes the fact that he carried a dead girl’s body out of the woods near their house seem even more suspicious. Emily, convinced of her dad’s innocence, sets out to discover the truth. Along the way her path continually crosses that of Damon Hillary, the murdered girl’s boyfriend. Emily furiously tries unraveling what happened, but everyone has thei [...]

    24. I really wanted to love this book. The synopsis sounded SO GOOD. I also really liked Stolen, so I was looking forward to reading this. Something went wrong for me in this book, though not terribly so. It was just a little . . . rushed? Not in-depth enough?The thoughts of the characters were strong, but not their relationships to each other. I always sort of dread alternating viewpoints, and it wasn't very exciting here. Although I did find the thoughts of both characters interesting, I kind of w [...]

    25. Following a storm, Emily's father emerges from the woods behind their house with the dead body of teenage girl named Ashlee in his arms. Emily recognizes her straight away because they go to the same school. She has been strangled and Emily's Dad, a war veteran suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been accused of her murder. Despite the fact that her Dad won't deny killing this girl, Emily is convinced he is innocent and starts to investigate what happened that night. And very quickly w [...]

    26. A really compelling read which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Killing Woods is the latest offering from Lucy Christopher, an author whose debut novel Stolen I loved, and quite honestly I have been desperate to get my hands on a copy for a while now. I'm glad to report it lived up my increasingly high expectations. I won't say too much as the story because I don't want to spoil it at all but I will say it kept me guessing throughout and I loved how the story twisted and turned as it progressed. I love [...]

    27. This was an okay story, but I did lose interest.Emily and Damon were both okay characters although I couldn’t really say that I liked either of them that much. I did feel a bit sorry for Emily in the way her friends at school treated her, but I was convinced that Damon has something to do with what happened to Ashley.The storyline in this was okay, but it wasn’t really exciting enough to keep me interested. I wanted to know what had happened, and who the murderer was, but I didn’t enjoy th [...]

    28. Loved, loved, loved!It's not every day that I can pick up a mystery and not know early on who the culprit is. This book kept me guessing until the very end. The pacing was fantastic and the little breadcrumbs and clues along the way were well-placed.

    29. This book had so much potential to be incredible. I was such a huge fan of Lucy Christopher's other book, Stolen, that when I read the plot for this I immediately added it to my TBR pile. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues with this one. For instance, the boyfriend of the victim in this story (not a spoiler, this is all in the first chapters) fantasizes about beating/killing the main character, Emily, and her father. He's constantly seeking ways to punish Emily for something that's not even re [...]

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