Title: What She Found in the Woods
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publication: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Teens & YA Fiction, Mystery
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Running from a scandal at her New York private school, Magdalena heads to her family home to recover under the radar.
Over-medicated and under-confident, she’s fearful she’ll never escape her past.
Until she meets Bo out hiking. Wild, gorgeous and free, he makes her believe she might finally be able to move on.
But when a mutilated body is discovered in the woods, Magdalena realises she can’t trust anyone.
Not even herself.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.**
The description of this book first caught my attention. It was intriguing, mysterious, and I kind of had to know what it was going to be like. Josephine Angelini did not disappoint. What She Found was gripping from the start.
The main character, Magdelena, is interesting to read. She is this enigma because we get snippets of her life before where she is now living with her grandparents in this small town for the summer. She is trying to live a fairly normal life free of her past mistakes. She meets a boy and love ensues. I was instantly suspicious of Bo. His character had me questioning everything. I wasn’t sure who I am suppose to think is guilty of these things. I was also very suspicious of all Lena’s friends in town. Everyone had a little weirdness about them that I questioned.
Angelini did a wonderful job of making me question everyone. I honestly had no idea who the killer was going to be and how this story was going to play out. I definitely did not see the end coming. I devoured the last 50% of this book in a single day because of how good it was. These characters were so interesting and their backstories really made this story what it was. It added layers that a lot of stories are missing. The writing, while the story jumps back and forth, was smooth and was easy to follow and read quickly.
All lovers of a good mystery should read this book. While it is categorized as a YA Fiction or Teen book, this book is so much more than that and anyone would enjoy it. It’s definitely a psychological thriller. Everyone should pick up a copy.
STAR RATING: 5/5
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