Item of the Day: “The Killing Woods” by Lucy Christopher

I love being in the woods – so peaceful and quiet. But when the sun sets, that quiet can be terrifying. You never know what’s out there in the darkness. Every snapping branch could be a dangerous predator approaching. And in Lucy Christopher’s new book, The Killing Woods, the alluring danger of playing games in the woods is exactly what gets Ashlee Parker killed.

The book’s official description:

Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark.

Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd’s dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl’s broken body. “Gone,” he says, then retreats into silence.

What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent — isn’t he? Before he’s convicted, she’s got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee’s charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her — the kinds of games that can kill?

The Killing Woods is out today (1/7) and you can buy your copy here!