What Waits in the Woods - Kieran Scott (Hardcover)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780545691116
Department
Books
Released
31 Mar 2015
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Kieran Scott
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Scholastic
Language
English
Number of Pages
288
Dimensions
210 x 140mm

Annotation

Callie Velasquez agrees to a hiking trip in the woods as a way to bond with her new boyfriend, Jeremy, and her friends Lissa and Penelope, but things begin to go awry when the group gets lost and it becomes obvious that something is stalking them.

Summary

Seeing things. You were just seeing things.

For city girl Callie Velasquez, nothing sounds more terrifying than a night out in the wilderness. But, wanting to bond with her popular new friends, Lissa and Penelope, she agrees to join them on a camping trip. At least Callie's sweet new boyfriend, Jeremy, will be coming too.
But nothing goes as planned. The group loses half their food supply. Then they lose their way. And with strange sounds all around her--the snap of a twig, a sinister laugh--Callie wonders if she's losing her mind.
Tensions swirl among the group, with dark secrets suddenly revealed. And then, things take a fatal turn: Callie stumbles upon a cold dead body in the woods.
Is the murderer close by, watching them? Callie has to figure out where she can turn and who she can trust, before her own life is at stake.
Kieran Scott weaves a thrilling mystery that explores love, loyalty--and the dangerous decisions we make in order to survive.

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 7-9 Ages 12-14
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Love & Romance
Dewey Classification
FIC

Customer Reviews

"a novel punctuated with plenty of strained, overwrought moments"

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Review originally appears on my book blog:
http://bookfairyhaven.blogspot.co.za/2015/09/book-review-what-waits-in-woods-by.html

So, What Waits in the Woods is my first Kieran Scott book and one that I, overall, found to be a compulsive read.

In fact, despite finding the main character rather annoying (as in feel-sorry-for-myself, pampered-princess annoying), I soon warmed up to her when it became clear that, in order to survive, she would need to find her inner strength, courage, resilience and most importantly, the willpower to survive.

The friendship dynamic explored in this book, added with the fact that Jeremy, Callie’s boyfriend was not supposed to be part of the girls-only camping trip added an intense, uneasy and interesting aspect to the story.

I won’t go into too much detail here, but suffice to say that What Waits in the Woods proved to be a novel punctuated with plenty of strained, overwrought moments made even more unbearable by the arrival of a stranger.

The inclusion of using an urban legend as part of the story’s device added an extra level of creepiness to the book. In fact, I can totally see another story on its own based on this as a plotline (Oh please say you will, Kieran? That would be so awesome).

Regarding the culprit, it actually didn’t take me long to figure out whom the perpetrator in the story was, but that didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of this read.

In fact, if you read closely, it’s not hard to suss out the whodunit in this story, but the beauty of this is that Kieran writes the characters and story in such a way that you can’t help but second guess yourself until at least three quarters of the way in.

I thought this was very well done.

What I’m a bit on the fence with though, is the issue of how the mental health condition mentioned and brought up, was dealt with. The way it is portrayed, kind of left me feeling like people with this specific condition were being demonised.

The reasoning behind the character in question’s motives left me struggling to suspend my disbelief and had me feeling cheated.

And even if it wasn’t the author’s intention to portray it in the way that it comes across, I felt as if there could have been more empathy applied to the situation, and not for the mental health condition to be used as an excuse to commit a crime.

There is enough of a stigma surrounding people who are suffering from various conditions who are made to feel ashamed of it and the portrayal in this book isn’t something I’d label as being helpful.

But, that said, the book certainly isn’t an altogether bad read.

Perhaps it may be that I’m reading too much into this since I do have family members with the same condition who have shown no violent tendencies in all of the time we’ve been around this person.

It is hard not to show a little defensiveness when it comes to seeing how certain characters with illnesses are portrayed, so I’d be willing to grant that my experience and opinion of the book could also have been influenced by that.

What I can say for certain, is that, in spite of my issues with this book, I will definitely be looking out for more books from Kieran - that’s for sure.

Give it a read – who knows, you may end up enjoying this far more than I did.