The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Three teens, Alexis, Nick and Ruby are volunteers for the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue service. These three teens each have their own issues that they are dealing with at home but are forced to work together. Alexis is dealing with her mother’s mental illness and trying to keep others from discovering her family’s secret. Nick deals with his fear that he is not brave enough. While, Ruby is dealing with her eccentric personality and an interest in crime. While working together to find an autistic boy, they find a body and are drawn into the mystery and crime world and learn that they have a place to belong.
This mystery, the first in a new series ,by April Henry will not disappoint her fans. Although somewhat predictable, this story has characters with some depth to them and not all plot. This is a fast and enjoyable read which many teens will identify with one of the characters while trying to figure out who is the body in the woods. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages until the conclusion. Unfortunately, the reader learns a couple of chapters from the end who the killer is but the depth of characters leaves the reader wanting to finish the book to find out what happens to Alexis, Nick and Ruby. Give this book to a teen who likes a good mystery but also likes good character development.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.