The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen Series #1)

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen Series #1)

by April Henry

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In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

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ISBN-13: 9780805098525
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: Point Last Seen Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 385,597
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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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

Table of Contents


Title page,
Copyright notice,
1. Tuesday: Blood,
2. Tuesday: A Bunch of Teenagers,
3. Tuesday: Long Yellow Teeth,
4. Tuesday: Unimaginable Feats of Bravery,
5. Tuesday: Something Awful Lurking,
6. Tuesday: You Just Have to Look,
7. Tuesday: The Next to Die,
8. Tuesday: In the End, You're Just Dead,
9. Tuesday: His Little Remembrance,
10. Tuesday: Asleep Forever,
11. Tuesday: After Dark,
12. Tuesday: Outside the Box,
13. Tuesday: Open into Darkness,
14. Tuesday: Death in the Woods,
15. Wednesday: Anything God Didn't Put There,
16. Wednesday: Things Go South,
17. Wednesday: Hidden,
18. Wednesday: The Sound of Her Last Breath,
19. Wednesday: You're One of Them Now,
20. Thursday: When She Was Finally Still,
21. Thursday: All of Them Gone Now,
22. Thursday: In a Darkened Room,
23. Friday: If They Knew the Truth,
24. Saturday: Still Gone,
25. Saturday: All the Choices in the World,
26. Saturday: Step One,
27. Saturday: In Good Spirits,
28. Saturday: No Time to Be Surprised,
29. Sunday: His Next Victim,
30. Sunday: Only Air,
31. Sunday: The Cruel Curve,
32. Sunday: Outsider,
33. Monday: The Death of Tiffany Yee,
34. Monday: Things Change,
35. Tuesday: Had to Have It,
36. Tuesday: Collect the Whole Set,
37. Tuesday: The Silver Tracks of Her Tears,
38. Tuesday: Observations You Missed,
39. Tuesday: Cry for All the Girls,
40. Wednesday: Life List,
41. Wednesday: So-Called Killer,
42. Wednesday: Without Even Saying Good-bye,
43. Wednesday: See for Yourself,
44. Wednesday: The Flesh Against Her Bones,
45. Wednesday: He's Going to Kill Her,
46. Wednesday: Into the Shadows,
47. Wednesday: Alive to His Fingertips,
48. Wednesday: Only Got Worse,
49. Wednesday: Time to Let Go,
50. Wednesday: Cry Out in Horror,
51. Wednesday: Three Bodies,
52. The Following Wednesday: Like Birds,
53. Wednesday: Symmetrical,
54. Saturday: Foam Heart,
Blood Will Tell Teaser,
About the author,
Other Mysteries by April Henry,

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The Body in the Woods 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
*Actual rating 3.5 stars I am a fan of mystery/thrillers and I have enjoyed the ones I have read from this author, so I was excited for this one. Besides, this cover is super pretty!! I love all the green! I could not pull off wearing that color green eyeshadow. I also really like multi POV books too. This was an enjoyable book and it kept me guessing for a while. Well, I did think that I knew for sure who it was for a while, but I was wrong. When we do discover who it is, it made sense though. That's what I loved about this. The signs were there, but they were so subtle and you are convinced that it is one person, so you don't really notice until right before it's revealed. Alexis is a character that I really felt for. She is a smart girl stuck in a pretty crappy life. Her mother suffers from mental illness, but doesn't like the medications she is supposed to take to keep it controlled. She pretty much is the child and Alexis is taking care of everything. She is embarrassed and also scared that she would get taken from her mother, so she hides it. She doesn't let anyone get close to her out of fear that they will discover this hidden part of her life. She throws everything she has into finding out who the killer is, especially after her mother runs out and goes missing and she worries that she might become a target being out on the streets. Nick is a boy who has something to prove. Well, to himself anyways. He wants to be a hero, be brave and strong. He wants to be like his father. He feels like he needs to do something extraordinary. He loves the thrill of being on the Search and Rescue Squad because he feels like if he is the one to find someone, then he will get the recognition and attention that he wants. He is a really nice guy, but he really cares too much about what others think of him. He goes out of his way to let people know that he's helping find the killer, and he doesn't like it when it's not him to find something or do something "important". Ruby seems like your average well off girl, but really, she has her own issues. She wants different things for her life than what her parents want for her, but they just brush her off. They don't understand her obsession with birds or crime scene shows. They think that by letting her be on the Search and Rescue, they are giving her an outlet for her silly ideas. What they don't realize is, she is really smart, and she could make a life for herself out of the love that she has for it. She feels misunderstood and alone. She doesn't really have friends because she is odd. I really did like her. She was a bit annoying at times, but it was a kind of charming personality. I understood why she acted the way she did. In a way, she is like Nick, just looking for acceptance. Only she wants to be excepted for her, not for doing something better or bigger. The mystery aspect of this was great. Like any good mystery, there are plenty of clues, but they aren't always clear. That's because you get so wrapped up in the story that you are focusing on what the characters are focusing on, so you miss the subtle things that point in the right direction. April Henry does a fantastic job at mystery. I really enjoyed this book as a whole. I liked getting to know the characters, and I loved trying to figure out who the killer was. It all seemed a bit too tidy in the end, but not in a bad way. I suppose after so much suspense and drama, a happy and easy ending is the way to go. Another fantastic novel from this author!!! *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I enjoyed this slight mystery thriller that I would recommend it to the young teens. You join in the team of SAR with the three teenagers Nick, Ruby and Alexis. Each come from a different background. With each chapter you read from the teens point of view and the killer which was done great enough that it doesn't miss a beat. When Nick, Ruby and Alexis are on a rescue mission to find an autistic man they come across something else that they didn't expect. But what they come across could come back and hunt them.  I enjoyed how the author really gave us information on how SAR's works. I honestly never knew that people could volunteer and had to have so many hours. It was pretty cool information. I really enjoyed how Ruby was so involved that she kept wanting to help the officers in their investigation and even involved Nick and Alexis on her quest to help solve the murder. And it really makes you keep an eye on your surroundings because not everyone is who they seem with suspects.  I am hoping to read more of this authors work, because she has a great writing style and maybe we will see more Point Last Seen novels?
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TatianaCanessa More than 1 year ago
As a fan of mystery/thrillers, i looked forward to reading The Body in the Woods as i heard April Henry has a pretty good selection of thrilling books to choose from. Its intriguing from the start with an eye-catching cover that features bright green colors. This point-last- seen mystery let’s you join the SAR, Search and Rescue, team of three teen volunteers. Each coming from a different background facing their own problems, Nick, Ruby and Alexis are all on the hunt for an autistic man who is lost in the woods. Instead they find something they were certainly not in search for, but what they come across could certainly come back to them and hunt them. In each detailed chapter, both the teens’ and the killer’s point of view is shared. Although it sometimes hard not to confuse who is speaking and where they are, but Henry does this with no problem. Each page helps build more and more suspense and you can’t help but keep flipping through the book. The author uses a variety of different tones to help set the mood for the book and the language chosen adds to this. While reading, you feel like you are part of the story and really involved as you read both point-of-views.The ending wraps up the main mystery neatly without any dangling questions, but April Henry leaves plenty of the story lines having to due with the characters open for interpretation. April Henry is the best-selling author of many acclaimed mysteries for young adults and this book is a great example for why.The Body in the Woods, which is part of The Point Last Seen series, was inspired by a real-life teen-led search and rescue group that has helped solved dozens of homicides. I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy a good thrill and constantly being put at the edge of their seats and it is only the first in the series. This Novel is filled with excitement and mystery and is definitely worth reading.
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book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. This book was great and it kept me flipping page after page. When you, or even if you don't, figure out who did it, you basically screaming at the characters to figure out who did it. Trust me, I've gotten weird looks from people. They probably thought I was insane. Anyway, this was an amazing book with amazing characters, and an amazing plot, and a really amazing ending.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  Holy crap, you guys! I can't recall reading too many murder mystery books. But I did watch Court TV (you know, TruTV) back in the day with my grandma religiously. I've never thought about reading murder mystery books, but The Body in the Woods has totally changed that. April Henry grabbed me from the very first chapter and dragged me down a crazy path of just one more page chapter because I have to know what happens next!   The suspense that April Henry builds on the pages of The Body in the Woods. I did most of my reading for this book in bed, and there were several times that I sat up and frantically devoured the section. From the very beginning, you're given several people that could be the suspect. The way she writes the story from different points of view, including the unnamed killer, was perfect. I don't think it's too easy to guess the killer. There is plenty of suspense to keep you guessing and interested.   The cast of characters works so well for The Body in the Woods. At first, Ruby's obsession over homicides grated on my nerves. But as the story unfolded, she actually became my favorite character. I've never read anything by this author before, but April Henry is definitely talented at spinning a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Fans of YA looking for a change of pace from the overwhelming amount of contemporaries and dystopians need to look no farther than The Body n the Woods. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to April Henry and NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!!!! I am reading it right know and I am trapped in it. Can't wait til the next book comes out. I am in love.
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice murder mystery for teens. It has everything that a teen could want, including romance. I recommend it!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This was an intriguing story that follows the lives of three teen members of a search and rescue crew—three teens who have nothing else in common and, truth be told, want nothing to do with one another. Through their third-person stories, readers learn of their own lives and personal idiosyncrasies, and as the novel takes shape, they begin to depend on one another, forming a friendship of sorts that will bring a smile to readers’ faces. This was an intriguing mystery novel that I found highly engaging, especially with the quirky main characters. This is somewhat of a classic whodunit, with teens as sleuths, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how difficult it was for me to pinpoint the murdered. I did eventually figure it out prior to the big reveal, but Henry had me going to quite a while, and I just loved the continual tension between the characters and their inner demons. If you like mystery novels, definitely give this book a read.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Not a mystery, a suspense (only getting to the end), or a thrill (only to be done). Did not meet EXPectations. . .  Alexis, Nick, and Ruby or not your typical teens. They voluteer to help out in a missing person search, which turns in to a discovery of a body in the woods. Blah, blah, blah. . . .if you have any experience with mysteries you will figure out he killer fairly quickly. I would have likes to seen a real surprise, but didn't happen. Henry could have/should have present more of a challenge for the reader. I do not expect to read any further in this series. I was not challenged for it to have been the first book in the series Thanks, NetGalley.
MissFictional More than 1 year ago
Thank you Henry Holt for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which did not affect my review in any way. I don't know why this is labeled a "thriller" when it definitely was not a thrill to read. The above statement is the reason I was unable to complete this long-winded novel. One could argue that this isn't really my genre - well, not my favorite genre - so it's to be expected that it wouldn't hold my attention for very long. But sub-genres aside, The Body in the Woods fails in aspects that any good novel should not fail in - like writing, characters, etc. Reason #1 for DNFing: THE WRITING. I am a firm believer that in order for a novel to hold a reader's attention, the writing has to have that "spark." In other words, the prose shouldn't be as robotic and watered-down as it is in this book. And the third-person POV didn't help matters in the least, because it kept me disconnected from the characters and, frankly, bored me. I should have counted the amount of times I yawned while reading. Reason #2: THE CHARACTERS. You know those cardboard-insert-pop-star-pretty-boy-cutouts at least one of your friends has in their room? Yeah, that's how I imagine the characters in this book. Not that they're pretty-boy status or anything, but they are as two-dimensional as a piece of cardboard. True, if I continued reading, they probably would have been more developed, but rattling off each character's qualities does not give the character depth. Reason #3: THE NEEDLESS DETAILS. I really don't want a massive paragraph detailing/listing Alexis's food, because I really don't give an eff. #4: THE MYSTERY WAS ANYTHING BUT. Yeah, when a dead body is made up with green eye-shadow, the mystery is sort of hard to take seriously. Just sayin'. Not that this book was excruciatingly long, but I simply could not read more than ten pages at a time. I had to force myself to continue reading, and once I hit about page 70, I'd had enough. Skip this one. I've heard Henry's other novels are much better, so I might consider giving those a try.