Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for…
The Body in the Woods
Author: April Henry (Twitter)
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
Publish Date: June 17, 2014
Genre: YA, Mystery
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.
You know what I think is lacking too often in the YA genre? Real mystery. We get a lot of mystery-light novels, but I don't think we get many stories that really grapple with fear, danger and suspense - the kind we can expect from, say, a Stephen King novel. April Henry is known for her killer stories though (pun intended), and they've never disappointment me. Plus, The Body in the Woods, sounds like it might just be the perfect setup to change all that. Perhaps, just perhaps, we might just get a novel that's truly worth of the title of mystery. Also, I'm totally loving the verdant cover. Just saying. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?