Monday, July 25, 2016

After the Woods by Kim Savage

After the Woods by Kim Savage
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in February 2016

"Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning."  -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
Some of the parts of this book are far-fetched.  The video game that allows women to be hunted like deer?  Honestly, if that truly existed and was as popular in the book in real life, there would be so much backlash to shut that game down.

I really like Julia.  She was analytical and wanted to understand her kidnapping, and so she turned to facts and figures to try to explain it away.  When that couldn't work, she went looking for answers.  Liv (the best friend) was definitely bitchy in trying to make Julia forget and not delve into the circumstances behind the abduction too hard.  But I thought this book was a good thrilling read with two very flawed main characters.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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