Saturday, April 18, 2015
What Waits in the Woods, by Kieran Scott
I'm not a fan of the horror/mystery genre and that probably is preventing me from liking this book, which is otherwise a decent specimen. But if I step back, it had pretty good pacing and more than enough shocks and screams along the way (although I got a bit tired of having almost every chapter end with a false alarm). The kids were sufficiently diverse and had a complex set of petty jealousies to put them at each other's necks (even before they started to get broken). This provided the requisite reasonable doubt and suspicion to keep stuff interesting, and kept me off the scent of the real guilty party. The key confusion for me was that the book is played like a horror story (teens in the woods getting knocked off by a lone psycho), but turns out in the end to be a simply mystery whodunnit.
[Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I'll be donating this to my local public library where I hope it will find a fan of scary reads.]