What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini – A Review

What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini was our first book club read of 2020.

Those who know me, know that it can sometimes take me months to finish reading a book as I have a habit of putting it down and forgetting about it for a while. So with that in mind, we set up our book club with just four books spread across the year so that we could give people like me, who take their time to finish a book, can still join in!

With this book however, I started to read it fairly late into our designated reading time, and I managed to finish it within 3-4 weeks.

What She Found in the Woods is a Young Adult book with hints of mystery, thrill and even a drop of romance. It draws you in and makes you want to know more about the main character Magdalena as the author drops subtle hints about her part throughout the book.

Magdalena was a popular rich girl in New York, but when things take a drastic turn for the worse, she ends up living with her grandparents in a small, close-knit town as a way of escaping from her past and staring over. But this is not as easy as it seems. With Magdalena having spent nine months in a mental hospital following a huge New York scandal, she is now drugged up on medication, with fragments of her memory missing.

She takes up hiking in the woods as a way of calming her mind and hiding away from civilisation, when she meets Wild Boy.
This strange, Wild Boy makes Magda feel something, despite her medications making her feel so numb for so long. She becomes obsessed by him, she feels alive.

But when dead bodies start to appear in the woods and horror stories and conspiracy theories start to spread across the village, Magda finds herself questioning everything. The truth is, she does not trust anyone… not even herself.

I very much enjoyed this book, it was filled with mystery and action. The author adds subtle details through anecdotes of Magdalena’s part through the characters journal. This keeps the reader guessing and has them piecing little bits of the puzzle together throughout the book, but the twists and turns that the novel takes are intense and unpredictable. Overall the plot of the story was very good, not necessarily the type of book that I would usually go for, but it had my full attention throughout and I was not disappointed when I came to the last page.

Rating: 4* out of 5*
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.
Would I read other books written by this author? Yes. Although her other books look very different to this one!

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