Book Review: The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Title: The Body in the Woods
Author: April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Expected Release: June 17th 2014
Pages: 272
Format: eBook ARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery Thriller

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.
Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.
This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

When I first saw the cover of this book in NetGalley it was love at first sight. Yes, I am one of those people that judge a book by its cover and yes, I am trying to work on that. This book was a quick read for me, but it was not memorable. I love mystery and I enjoyed trying to figure out the who, the when, and the why, but this one fell short on the mystery and thriller element. While I did enjoy some parts of the book, there were times when I just wanted to put it down because I could not get into it.  

The story revolves around three teenagers - Alexis, Nick and Ruby -  in high school. The three of them sign up for a rescue team. In one of their search for a missing person's mission, they discover the body of a dead young woman. All the clues lead to an homicide and the three teenagers take upon themselves to solve the mystery. But little do they know that the killer might be in the hunt for his/her next victim and who could it be? 

Although I read this book pretty fast, I found the plot a bit predictable and the characters childish and annoying. The narration of the story was blah and the voices of the characters in my head all blended together. I was not able to make an unique connection with any of them. The book had potential, but it just fell short in the Wow-I-did-not-see-that-coming factor. There are also a lot of unnecessary details and descriptions that I think took away from the story. 

Overall, it was an OK book for me. If you are into reading mysteries and don't want to analyzed the story too much, I would recommend this book. I guess my expectations were too high and in the end, I felt a little disappointed that the story didn't have more mystery and action. 


  1. The cover for this is awesome, but I'm not a huge fan of mystery or childish characters. Also, I am a huge analyzer so I think I may pass on this one, but thanks for reviewing!


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