The Little Woods
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
Are the woods behind St. Bede’s Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede’s feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it’s only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.
Watch as Cally enters a world of privilege, weekend-long parties, high school romances, and . . . well-kept secrets. This page-turner will appeal to teens looking for a fast-paced thriller. Written in a voice at once gripping and crystal clear, debut novelist, McCormick Templeman, will take readers on a twisting and turning journey as only a “new girl” can experience.
I kind of have this thing for boarding school books – I just love them. And The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman delivered just what I was looking for – 1 part boarding school with a whole lot of mystery. It was a chilling and intriguing debut that had my enticed until the last page.
I loved trying to figure out the mystery in The Little Woods. McCormick Templeman manages to build quite the story and I was thoroughly shocked at the ending. Though, the plot felt a bit too cyclical at times for my liking. This was mainly due to Cally’s indecisive nature I think. Her decisions gave that sort of feeling.
Cally was so indecisive at times and it kind of grated on me after awhile. I wanted her to just make up her mind about what she wanted. I really liked the twins, Helen and Noel, they were really fun characters.
Reminiscent of Kate Brian and Eliot Schrefer, fans of mysteries and boarding school tales will just love this debut from McCormick Templeman.