The Killing Woods
Lucy Christopher
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UK Price: £7.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 320pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-72-6
Publication date: October 2013
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Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child?  Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.


A new psychological thriller from the award-winning and bestselling author of STOLEN and FLYAWAY.



'A vivid new voice for teens'
Melvin Burgess
Recipient of the Printz Honor Award, USA
(for STOLEN)
Winner of the Branford Boase 2010
(for STOLEN)
Winner of the Golden Inky Award, Australia
(for STOLEN)
'Complicated and beautiful'
Maggie Stiefvater

Something was draped across Dad’s outstretched arms. A deer? A fawn that was injured? It was sprawled and long-legged, something that had been

"I thought I knew my writing process: I find a setting I want to explore and from there come the characters, theme and ending. The Killing Woods was different. Much like the activity of walking through dark, unfamiliar woodland, this book has been ‘felt out’  as I went along.  All I knew at the beginning was that I wanted to write about a wood, and I wanted the story to be dark – the rest has been tentatively discovered, by torchlight, often hiding behind my hands and crawling forward on my knees. It's a story about making the darkness visible - those dark places inside of us and out in the world too."

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