THE KILLING WOODS
Eerily dark, with clever clues sprinkled into the narrative, this spooky, eyebrow-raising mystery is a serpentine game of whodunit. The author does a fantastic job of crafting an antihero who is desperate to remember if he’s the bad guy and a heroine who is determined to prove her father’s innocence. Christopher keeps you guessing with a macabre play of the senses.
It’s just like any other night until Emily spots her father carrying a dead girl out of the woods. Suffering from severe PTSD, the war veteran is unable to tell anyone how he found the girl, and before long, he’s charged with Ashlee Parker’s murder. Emily is convinced he’s not at fault, but Ashlee’s boyfriend Damon Hilary is convinced Mr. Shepherd is the culprit, even though the night leading up to his girlfriend’s demise is muddy from drug use and suspicious, thanks to the game he was playing with his friends. Is something more sinister at play? (CHICKEN HOUSE, Jan., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545461009, HC, 14 & Up)