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The Killing Woods [Paperback]

Lucy Christopher
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3 Oct 2013
Emily's dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl in the woods behind her house, the place she played in as a child. She's sure he's innocent, but what did happen? Determined to find out \- and afraid of what she might discover \- Emily seeks out the boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But Damon Hillary has his own secrets about the dangerous games that are being played in the dark \.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906427720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427726
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen and Flyaway, was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, living in Melbourne from the age of nine until she completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. After various attempts at being an actor, a coffee maker, a waitress and a nature guide, she moved back to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. Lucy took on part-time work as a university lecturer at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate and the MA creative writing courses, and is currently undertaking a PhD to explore the ways that Australian literature represents wild places, particularly in its writing for young adults. Lucy's debut novel, Stolen, was written as part of this PhD.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling and compelling read! 22 July 2014
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A chilling and compelling read, The Killing Woods is a haunting tale full of mystery and secrets!

A girl has been found dead in the woods behind Emily’s house and now her Father is being accused of murdering her. Emily’s life is suddenly turned upside down and with her Father suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and flashbacks, he can’t remember what really happened that night. Determined to find out what really happened, Emily seeks out the one person who might have some answers, the dead girls boyfriend; Damon. But Damon is hiding his own secrets, secrets that he shares with his friends. Is there something more deadly happening in woods? And what did really happen that night?

The Killing Woods has been a book that I was torn about reading and the reason for that was I guess you could say I felt the synopsis made the story sound very predictable. For that reason, I put off reading it. But, I just couldn’t get this book out of my head. I kept going back and forth about whether I should take the plunge and read it, and in the end, I just decided too – even though I was hesitant. But after reading, I know that I definitely judged this book before reading it. Was it predictable? No not at all! The unpredictability in this book is actually why I enjoyed it so much because you just couldn’t guess the ending – at all!

Other than being unpredictable, the plot of the story is intense and quite highly strung. The story is quite sad and has so many twists and secrets, but it was a very enjoyable read, one that kept me on my toes.

I really enjoyed both Emily and Damon. With the dual narrative from both Emily and Damon, you can feel the tension from both characters.
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I absolutely loved The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. I loved the characters and how conflicted they feel. I loved pulling apart the mystery of this novel. I loved the urgency of the novel and also the atmosphere. Those woods feel like one of the main characters of the book alongside Emily and Damon! And while I felt like there was a lot going on with this book I thought that all the different strands of the story were weaved together and written with beauty and emotion.

This story begins incredibly dramatically. We have Emily's dad returning from the woods, holding the body of a teenage girl. Because he's a veteran suffering from PTSD it is assumed by him as well as police that he killed this girl while living out a flashback. Emily doesn't believe this for a minute and sets out to find answers about what her dad was doing out in the woods and what reason this girl, Ashlee Parker, had to be out there as well.

At the same time, Damon, the murdered girl's boyfriend is waking up after a crazy night and he cannot recall the details of how he got to where he is. All of his memories are a bit fuzzy of the night before. The night when his girlfriend, Ashlee, has been killed. So Damon and Emily need to work together to fit the pieces of what happened together including a World War II bunker, a dog collar, and a dangerous game played in the woods...

As the story goes on, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what's been happening in these woods and of the characters that populate the story. And then another secret is revealed, another layer of the story unfolds and I found myself completely at the mercy of Lucy Christopher as she gives us new twists and a very unpredictable outcome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fastpaced mystery 28 May 2014
Review: Emily’s dad walks in one night with a dying girl. He is then accused of manslaughter. She’s sure he’s innocent, but how can she prove it? To try, she enlists the help of Ashlee’s (the dead girl) boyfriend, Damon, who may know something about how Ashlee died. Together, they unravel the mystery.
I read this because 1)I got sent it for review and 2) so many people had been talking about how good it is and I had to know how good it was for myself.
The characters, I liked them to start with, but at times they were a bit dreary. I would have liked to know Emily a bit more other than the fact that her father is accused of manslaughter. I liked Damon, even though he is a bit crazy at times. I liked Emily’s father. I really like the fact that Lucy handles PSTD, drugs, and choices in what I think is a good way.
I loved the Game. I wanted to know what that involved, and all the little hints as to what it was built up well for the reveal.
I started to guess vague details from around two thirds of the way through. I ended up guessing the reasons for Ashlee’s death, but not who had done it.
The pacing was good. I didn’t get bored with the way that the mystery was unravelled at all- I really wanted to know what happened and I read this in one day.
I liked the writing. It moved the story on along really well and really built up the setting of Darkwood really well.

Overall: Strength 4 tea to a fast mystery that kept me gripped from the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blow away !! 11 April 2014
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This book is impossible to put down i was reading it pretty much all day! A wonderful mystery book! Recommended to people who love mystery !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected
Published 19 hours ago by Norman Halliday
1.0 out of 5 stars The killing Woods
I really didn't like the way they chose to narrate this I found it more confusing trying to cope with the upkeep of the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Markerp3n
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
Review by Adam - Year 7

The book is about a teenager, Emily, whose Dad is convicted of murdering a girl in the woods by her house however nobody knows what really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cowbridge School Library
4.0 out of 5 stars A good idea
I think Lucy christopher has come up with a good idea. I do feel aso this book is more for teenagers to read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ireadnovels
4.0 out of 5 stars The killing Woods
This book is gripping, it is full of mysteries entailed in one another.
I feel it is for the ages of 14 and above as it contains quite disturbing imagery but a very good read... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosie Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Woods
I really enjoyed this newly launched book. Found the plot interesting and the solid characters kept me engrossed so that I read it in quick time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping thriller for teenagers
An edgy thriller, perfect for teenagers. Full of mystery and intrigue and what better setting than the woods to really heighten the thrill factor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kirsten Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
A great story, well written, tense and suspenseful......a great read. Would make a fantastic film. I can highly recommend this book.
Published 10 months ago by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Having heard a lot of amazing things about Lucy Christopher's Stolen, I was very intrigued to check out her work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amber
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