Review + Giveaway || After the Woods by Kim Savage
by Kim Savage
Release date: February 26th 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Mystery, contemporary, thriller
Age category: Young Adult
No. of pages: 329 pages (hardcover)
ISBN/ASIN: 0374300550 (ISBN13: 9780374300555)
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.
How can something so bright be so cold?
I'm not gonna lie, I'm not entirely sure what to think of this book. I mean, the story line was great (more than great), albeit creepy, and I love the characters. My confusion about this book was about the ending. Instead of giving me the answers I'm craving for, I was presented with something I did not understand.
Anyway, this book was awesome, nonetheless. From the very first line, "How can something so bright be so cold," I was hooked. I literally couldn't put it down. I have to *painfully* wrench my hand from my ebook reader, I kid you not. Oh, and the characters (mostly just Julia) were a force to be reckoned with. Sheis
very fun great to follow, they she developed really well. Especially since the MC herself is still figuring out what to feel about the stuff she went through. The supporting characters were pretty great, too, especially Kellan (I love him).
Overall, I had a pretty fun time, reading this book. I like the mind-fuckery, creepiness and the thrilling experience this book has definitely catered, which I guess sounds wrong but when you read this you'll understand.
Did I like the ending? Hahaha, no, not really.
Is it a page turner? Yessssssss.
Would I re-read it again? 10/10, I'll read it again. (I probably would not read the ending, though.)
Listen to an excerpt here, read by the author herself!
Also, take a look at the sneak peek of the prologue of After the Woods here.
About the author:
Kim Savage is the author of After the Woods, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming on Feb 23, 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second thriller forbooktrailer young adults comes from FSG is 2017. Before writing fiction, she worked as business journalist, pitching stories along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You get the idea.
Two (2) copies of After the Woods (US only) 03/01