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The Killing Woods

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping psychological thriller for older teens.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Boring, introspective

This book tells the story from two people's point of view. It is distracting and confusing, and there is so many minute descriptions of how they feel that you lost patience. Unable to endure all the long-drawn out introspection of two seemingly dysfunctional teens.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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With THE KILLING WOODS, author Lucy Christopher has constructed a taut, gripping teen whodunit. Told by the two narrators, the story cleverly reveals the solution piece by piece. All the classic mystery elements -- including red herrings -- are there to keep the reader guessing to the very end. Poetic language gives the psychological thriller an eerie, shadowy atmosphere.

Emily's voice is believable, but Damon's is inconsistent, which can distract the reader from the story. The surprising ending satisfies, despite the "summing up" at the police station, when the stilted, textbook-style language comes across as a contrived, gratuitous attempt to reinforce the "kids, don't do drugs" message. However, this a minor flaw in an otherwise suspenseful and compelling read.

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