I received an e-ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.
Title: After the Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Would you risk your life to save your best friend?
Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.
Kirkus calls After the Woods “A riveting exploration of what it’s like when the enemy is much closer than you suspect.” (starred review, Nov. 1, 2015)
It is not often that I pick up a book and read it without setting it down. After the Woods is an incredibly fast-paced book that really surprises and keeps the reader guessing. It is definitely not a horror novel, for those who are hesitant to give it a go. There is also a super heroic (literally) and brave main character that the reader will just fall in love with, making After the Woods an enjoyable and thrilling read.
After the Woods is so fast-paced and genuinely unpredictable! The reader is slowly fed information as the main character, Julia tries to remember what happened in the woods, where she was abducted. There are so many “Oh my god!” moments as the story all comes together and make sense. This is the ultimate thriller novel.
I definitely wouldn’t say After the Woods is a horror. This book is way more of a thriller, and about solving a mystery. The cover does make the book seem frightening, but I promise you, there is no gore or anything overly scary in the book. The first few chapters mention the main character’s abduction, but it is not written in a way that is terrifying, for the reader at least.
I really liked Julia in After the Woods. One of the reasons why is because the she is a literal hero. She put her own life in danger to save her friend from a kidnapper. That right there is enough for me to love her. Julia is also so strong as she struggles to link the body in the woods to her own abduction. The reader will really feel for her as she comes closer and closer to figuring out the truth.
After the Woods is a thrilling novel that is more thriller than horror. There is a heroic main character who is very strong and likeable. If you are a fan of thrillers, you definitely have to give this book a go.