The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

The Killing Woods

byLucy Christopher

Hardcover | January 7, 2014

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Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honour Book Stolen, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark.

Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that night? Beforehe's convicted, Emily must find out the truth.

Mina and Joe, the only friends she has left, warn Emily against it, but she feels herself strongly drawn to Damon, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend. Together they explore the dark woods. Soon Damon brings Emily into the Game: an extreme version of childhood games like hide-and-seek that he and his crowd play at night as a way to break boundaries, to lose themselves.

A strange, sexually charged relationship develops between Emily and Damon. And when she realizes he may know more than he'll reveal, she plays the most dangerous game of all, risking her own life for a confession. To expose the lies thatwill exonerate her dad, she's got to survive one last desperate night in The Killing Woods.

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LUCY CHRISTOPHER's novel Stolen was named a Printz Honour Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's Golden Inky for Best Debut. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "an emotionally raw thriller . . . a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." She is also the author of ...

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Title:The Killing WoodsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.54 × 5.82 × 1.21 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545461006

ISBN - 13:9780545461009

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From the Author

"Much like the activity of walking through dark, unfamiliar woodland, this book has been 'felt out' as I went along. All I knew at the beginning was that I wanted to write about a wood, and I wanted the story to be dark - the rest has been tentatively discovered, by torchlight, often hiding behind my hands and crawling forward on my knees. It's a story about making the darkness visible - those dark places inside of us and out in the world too." -Lucy Christopher

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From The Killing WoodsIt was her body I saw first, hanging across Dad's outstretched arms. She was a blur of a shape, flashes of moonlit skin in the mist. I squinted to make her out. A deer? Dead? Perhaps a fawn that was injured. She was sprawled and long-legged, wild. She had been caught in a poacher's trap, maybe: a mistake. So this is where Dad had been all this time: rescuing her, cutting her free . . .With the mist swirling around him, he walked from the woods like he was walking out of a fire: head bowed, arms held out in front like he was some sort of hero. I made my eyes work harder, tried to pick out the shape of the deer's body. But it was all wrong. The deer's legs weren't long enough, and there wasn't enough neck. I took a step toward them to see her better. And that's when it made sense: the shape of her.It wasn't a deer.Dad was carrying a girl.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Killing Woods* "This taut, psychologically realistic murder mystery knits trauma, danger, tragedy and hope into one cohesive tale . . . A gripping, heartbreaking, emotionally substantial look at war wounds and the allure of danger." -Kirkus, starred review"Printz honoree Christopher (Stolen) returns with another tense and nimbly crafted psychological thriller . . . Two meticulously constructed voices assemble a dark and unnerving puzzle in this immersive mystery." -Publishers Weekly"A creepy and atmospheric psychological puzzler . . . the book offers plenty of tension and secrecy, making it a satisfyingly escapist piece of realism." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"[L]ike Chris Lynch's Inexcusable (S & S, 2005), this is a fascinating discussion of teen violence, self-denial, and conspiracies of silence." -School Library Journal