Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review - What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini

Title: What She Found in the Woods
Author: Josephine Angelini
Pages: 384
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date: 25th July 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Running from a scandal at her New York private school, Magdalena heads to her family home to recover under the radar.

Over-medicated and under-confident, she's fearful she'll never escape her past.

Until she meets Bo out hiking. Wild, gorgeous and free, he makes her believe she might finally be able to move on.

But when a mutilated body is discovered in the woods, Magdalena realises she can't trust anyone.

Not even herself. 

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

After a scandal, Magdalena is ousted from New York by her parents to live with her grandparents.
Doped up on powerful drugs that prevent Magdalena from feeling anything and from seeing the ghosts of her past, she drifts through her days by hiking in the nearby woods.
Then Magdalena meets Bo. He lives in the woods with his family and Magdalena finds that she actually feels things when she's with him.
But when a body is found in the woods, Magdalena discovers that they might not be as safe as she thought.
Who can Magdalena trust when there is a murderer in town?
Can she even trust herself?

Josephine Angelini's books seem to be either hit or miss for me and, unfortunately, What She Found in the Woods was more of a miss.
Magdalena was a mixed character for me - there were times when I liked and felt sorry for her, and others when she annoyed me. She had a complicated history and had done a lot of messed up things which lent to her potentially being an unreliable narrator which I always find intriguing.
None of the characters really stood out for me, except maybe Gina.
Most of the book was set either in the woods or at Magdalena's grandparents' house. I would have liked to have seen more or been told more about the town, but this did give an isolated feeling to the book which may have been intended.
Not much really happened plot-wise and the mystery element wasn't as interesting as I expected it to be. I found myself skim-reading once or twice and did consider not finishing the book. I guessed part of the plot twist.
I didn't like the romance - it happened way too quickly for me and I couldn't feel the connection between the characters.
I feel like What She Found in the Woods didn't reach it's potential for me, and I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy it more.

Overall, this was an okay read.

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