The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

The Little Woods

                 The Little Woods


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.  

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by Random House Children's Books 

  The Little Woods is a thriller mystery with twisted suspense. McCormick Templeman totally had me fooled with who did it at the end. The only thing little about Templeman's novel is the "Little" in the title. This story is packed with nail-baiting suspense, eerie thrills, and a mystery that keeps you guessing till the end. Templeman has definitely created a different type of heroine with Cally’s character. Cally is somewhat clueless when it comes to name brand clothes and today's teen speak, but I can understand why Cally is kind of disconnected with the world around her. Her older sister and father died when she was six, and her mother became an alcoholic, which left Cally on her own. I thought Cally became a very responsible person due to her situation. Templeman has written a thrilling mystery with a “who did it” theme, along with so many nerve-racking, intriguing twists and turns that I didn't see this ending coming.

Cally is seventeen, and she’s had enough of her mother running out on her for months at a time on a drinking binge. So Cally decides she wants to go to the boarding school, St. Bede Academy. The only weird thing about this is, this is where her older sister Clare died ten years before while visiting a friend. But the reason why Cally wants to go to St. Bede is because it’s the last place her sister was alive, and she needs to get away from her mother. But what Cally doesn’t realize is that she'll end up in the middle of the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

When Cally starts school at St. Bede she knows she’s different from these rich teens, and she also knows after the death of her sister and father and her mom's drinking she feels disconnected from people and the world around her. This doesn't stop Cally from trying to reach out and start a new life, and soon she’s in with mean, rich girls and a gorgeous guy that all the girls want.

Cally's romance had me going crazy…but a good crazy. She starts going with Alex, who's gorgeous and rich. Even though she really likes Alex, she also has a strange attraction to Jack. Now I'm going to stop here with these two guys because I don't want give any spoilers. But I will say that I understand why Templeman ended things the way she did for Cally. It was the right thing for her, but I have to tell you that I love Jack. For me, he was just a great guy, and when he realizes he’s in a messed up situation, I thought it was great how he felt for Cally, and I wish it could have went the way I wanted it to go.

The Little Woods is a chilling, eerie, thriller mystery with very dysfunctional family's that leads to dysfunctional teens. But it's also Cally’s time to heal. I recommend The Little Woods as a unnerving creepy read.


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  1. I have this galley near the top of my tbr pile. I'm so glad it's good!

  2. Karen I really enjoyed this book, its creepy good! :) I hope you enjoy The Little Woods too! :)

  3. Unnerving and creepy, yep, I've got to read that. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. I was intrigued when I first saw the title, description, and cover... but now that I have read your review... I'm going to have to read it soon! I requested and and got approved so I can't wait to read it :D You always write amazing reviews that hook you and make you ... scratch that NEED to read a book... :D Thank you for another amazing review on another amazing book! P.S. I have been dying to read Pushing The Limits! I requested it from NetGalley... so we'll see what happens!

    1. Kayla, You're going to have to let me know your thoughts on the romance. Hurry up and read it so I can talk to you about it LOL!

  5. I have this book & I am glad I read your review. Now I want to read it!
    Thanx for the phenomenal review.

  6. I really like the cover. It sounds creepy but interesting. Great review. I will have to go add itt my tbr list. Thanks :)


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