The Body in the Woods: A Point Last Seen Mystery by April HenryThe Body in the Woods: A Point Last Seen Mystery by April Henry

The Body in the Woods: A Point Last Seen Mystery

byApril Henry

Hardcover | June 17, 2014

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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, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

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April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; and the thriller Face of Betrayal, coauthored with Lis Wiehl. April lives in Oregon.
Title:The Body in the Woods: A Point Last Seen MysteryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.34 × 0.94 inPublished:June 17, 2014Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805098526

ISBN - 13:9780805098525


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, short, and easy read! This book really does not take all that long to read. It is amazing and I love the author April Henry so much! All her books are not only excellent but amazing beyond words. Simpler to read and follow along with.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great story! I borrowed this novel from a friend and i finished reading it in 3 days! I could never put the book down. Although, it was a little predictable and got confusing in some parts....It was still an amazing story!
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story, but predictable I'm usually not a big murder mystery fan but this one had a title that I couldn't pass up. The body in the woods is a simple and straightforward murder mystery. We follow three main characters who are the main protagonists. Each one has a distinct personality and all have different strengths and weaknesses. They all come together to solve who has been murdering the homeless teenage girls. I usually really like multiple point of views and in this case it was done well. There's even some chapters where we get to see from the murderer's point of view. I don't know about you but when I read from a killer's perspective, I can't help but feel chilled to the bone. I have to imagine authors who do murder mysteries have to research real crimes and that to me is what makes a book engrossing. I liked how they all bounced off each other. All having strengths and weaknesses that were tested. Finding out the killer was too predictable, but it fit the story enough. Overall, I would recommend it if you like murder mysteries. Just don't expect a twisty-turny plot.
Date published: 2014-12-02

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CHAPTER 1TUESDAYBLOOD For Alexis Frost, Nick Walker, and Ruby McClure, it all started with a phone call and two texts. It ended with fear and courage, love and loathing, screaming and blood. Lots of blood.*   *   *When the classroom phone rang in American history, Alexis Frost straightened up and blinked, trying to will herself awake as the teacher answered it. She managed to yawn without opening her mouth, the cords stretching tight in her neck. Last night had been another hard one.“Alexis?” Mrs. Fairchild turned toward her.“Yes?” Her heart sped up. What was it this time? The possibilities were endless. None of them good.“Could you come up here, please?”Mrs. Fairchild was looking at Alexis as if she was seeing her in a new light. Had it finally happened, then, the thing she both feared and longed for? Had something happened to her mother?*   *   *Nick Walker’s thumbs were poised over the virtual keyboard of the phone he held on his lap. He was pretending to listen to Mr. Dill, his English teacher, while he was really texting Sasha Madigan, trying this angle and that to persuade her to study with him tonight. Which he hoped would mean lots of copying (on his part) and lots of kissing (on both their parts).The phone vibrated in his hand. Mr. Dill was busy writing on the board, so Nick lifted it a little closer to his face. It wasn’t a reply from Sasha but a message from his Portland Search and Rescue team leader.Search in Forest Park. Missing man. Meet time 1500.His first SAR call-out! He jumped to his feet.“Nick?” Mr. Dill turned and looked at him over the top of his glasses. “What is it?” Mr. Dill had a lot of rules. He had already complained about Nick’s habit of drawing—only Mr. Dill called it doodling—in class.Nick held up his phone while pointing at it with his other hand as if he had been hired to demonstrate it. “I’m with Portland Search and Rescue, and we’ve been mobilized to find a man missing in Forest Park. I have to leave now.”“Um, okay,” Mr. Dill said uncertainly. Someone in Wilson High’s administration had had to sign off on Nick being allowed to join searches during the school day, but maybe the information hadn’t filtered down to his teachers.No matter. Nick was already out the door.He just hoped someone from class would tell Sasha. A text wouldn’t do it justice.Nick Walker, called out on a lifesaving mission.*   *   *Ruby McClure felt her phone buzz in her jeans pocket. She waited until the end of chemistry to check it.Fifteen hundred made so much more sense than three P.M. Ruby preferred military time. No questions about whether “nine” meant morning or night. No having to rely on context. No one getting hung up on whether 1200 had an A.M. or a P.M. after it, which was a ridiculous idea because A.M. meant “ante meridiem” and P.M. meant “post meridiem” and meridiem was Latin for “midday,” and twelve noon was midday itself.It was 1357 now. Which meant she had an hour to get home, change into hiking clothes, pick up her SAR backpack, and meet the rest of the team at the Portland sheriff’s office.Piece of cake.Ruby pulled out the keys to her car as she walked to the office to sign herself out. On the way, her phone buzzed again. It was Nick, asking for a ride. Copyright © 2014 by April Henry

Editorial Reviews

"Henry has created not only a gripping mystery, but rich and detailed characters as well . . . The action starts right away, and does not stop until everything comes to a head at the end of the novel." -VOYA"The fast-paced plot, mirroring familiar TV crime procedurals, make this a good choice for reluctant readers, especially as it's impossible to follow the clues and identify the killer before the final showdown." -Booklist"Henry realistically portrays these kids thrust into a real-life horror. Their doubts and fears, as well as their strengths, all ring true and teens will be able to identify with one of the protagonists . . . Give this series opener to fans of character-driven mysteries." -School Library Journal"Quick pacing, an easy-to-follow mystery, and a smidge of real danger make this a likely choice for TV crime drama fans." -BCCB"A fast moving and well-constructed mystery . . . astute readers will be able to solve the puzzle before the final, high-stakes climax." -Kirkus ReviewsILA Young Adults' Choices List SelectionOregon Book Award Master List SelectionOregon Spirit Book Award Master List SelectionIowa Teen Book Award FinalistMissouri Truman Award FinalistOregon Battle of the Books Contender