Wednesday 19 January 2022



The Woods Are Always WatchingThe Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read There's Someone Inside Your House several years ago and REALLY enjoyed it. So of course I was interested in checking out another spooky Stephanie Perkins book.

Neena and Josie are best friends who are about to be separated because one of them is going away to college. So, they decide to go hiking and camping in the Pisgah National Forest. The problem is, neither has ever done this sort of thing before, and anything that can go wrong does...

Yikes! What a story.

You know, as soon as I started reading this book I started shaking my head at these girls. I mean, what possessed them to go camping without any real experience? Why did they think this would be a fun idea? I suppose the isolation did ensure they spent some quality time together, but instead of bringing them closer it makes them argue and fight. All the time. This little getaway starts to put distance and resentment between them.

As annoying as their attitude gets, I still enjoyed following Neena and Josie deeper into the woods. The description of the trail is excellent. The atmosphere is vivid and real. And then, I reached the second part and everything took a serious Wrong Turn. 😳

The shit gets real fast. The violence is ramped up. Unexpected bad things happen to both of them. The danger explodes instantly and, from that point forward, I was on the edge of my seat. Couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

I was not disappointed. This seemingly innocent-looking thin book—that is actually packed-full of story—begins with a lot of teenage friendship drama, but soon became a survival story of the bloodiest kind. I had a blast reading this creepy tale and ended up really liking the two girls.

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