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What She Found in the Woods

Written by Josephine Angelini

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What She Found in the Woods Review

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A tense and twisty thriller that pulsates with paranoia, lethal lies, murders in the woods and romance.

This riveting read-in-one-sitting nail-biter tells the tale of 18-year-old New Yorker Magda, who’s been sent to live with her wealthy grandparents in their summer home on the edge of a forest.

Though feeling “frozen on the inside” by the cocktail of medication she must take following a tragic scandal at her elite school, Magda falls head over heels in love (and lust) with “wild boy” Bo, who “has all the self-assurance of an alpha, but none of the swagger” and lives in the woods in which a few young women have been found dead. As Magda gets to know Bo’s wild-living family (even confessing all about her dangerously duplicitous past to his Earth Mother mom), more bodies are found, with some pinning the murders on a man called Dr Goodnight. When Magda turns detective to discover his identity (or, indeed, if he even exists), it becomes impossible for her to know who she can trust ahead of the high-octane climax that will have readers perched on the very edge of their seats.

Joanne Owen

What She Found in the Woods Synopsis


After a devastating scandal breaks in her elite New York City private school, Magdalena is shipped off to her family home to spend a summer recovering under the radar. Over-medicated and under-confident, she spends her days in a fog, hiking in the woods behind her grandparents' cottage. But then a gorgeous boy called Bo stumbles across her picnic blanket and Magdalena starts believing she might be able to move on from her past. Bo is wild and free and he gets her - it's like he can see into her soul. Finally she's starting to feel . . . something. But there's something dark going on in this sleepy town, and when a mutilated body is found in the woods near Bo's forest home, it's clear that Magdalena's nightmare is just beginning. She's no longer sure if she can trust anyone - even herself . . .

What She Found in the Woods is an addictive and all-consuming thriller with a twist, from the internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, Josephine Angelini.

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ISBN: 9781529017717
Publication date: 25/07/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529017717
Publication date: 25th July 2019
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Thrillers

About Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a native of Massachusetts, USA, and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theatre, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband ... and she still can drive a tractor. Photo credit: Theo & Juliet

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