What if you saw your father carry a body out of the woods? Would you believe he was innocent of murdering your classmate? What if he were suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and had blackouts? Would you still fight for his innocence? That's what Emily Shepherd is up against.
I've seen something.—The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher (Scholastic / Chicken House, 2013, p. 294)
It's something far down the rock face, wedged between the jagged boulders. I'm trying to look for it again. But I'm scrambling, falling, grabbing at smooth stone. And I'm too late—I'm going over, over the edge of the Leap.
- Setting: contemporary; Darkwood; a military town
- Circumstances: Who killed Ashlee Parker? Jon Shepherd who carried her body out of the woods; Damon Hilary, Ashlee's boyfriend who was also in the woods that night; or someone / something else?
- Characters: the Shepherd family: Emily (who believes her father is innocent), her mother (who has taken to drink), her father (who suffers from PTSS); Damon (who has secrets and suffers from memory loss), townsfolk, Emily and Damon's classmates.
- Genre / audience: thriller / mystery (action, dark, creepy); young adult audience
- Miscellaneous: the story is told alternately from Emily's and Damon's views; the plot is twisty, gripping, and complex
In the following short video, the Lucy Christopher reads the opening paragraphs of The Killing Woods:
The book trailer sets the spooky mood:
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