Hello everyone and welcome to my blog tour stop for Eyes of the Forest by April Henry hosted through Xpresso Tours. For my stop today I am thrilled to share a spoiler free review.
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About the BookEyes of the Forest by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt & Company Pages: 272
After a bestselling fantasy author disappears, only his biggest fan believes he’s in danger and has the courage to uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery with a chilling psychological twist.
Bridget is RM Haldon's biggest fan. His epic fantasy series, Swords and Shadows, created a lifeline between Bridget and her mom as she lost her battle with cancer. When Bridget met Haldon at his only book signing, she impressed the author with her encyclopedic knowledge of the fantasy world he'd created. Bridget has been working for him ever since as he attempts to write his final book. Now, Haldon is missing, and Bridget is the only person who seems concerned. Can Bridget piece together Haldon’s clues and save him before it’s too late?
Master mystery-writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller in this story that seamlessly blends suspense with fan culture. For readers of Courtney Summers and Karen McManus.
About The Author
April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; The Night She Disappeared; and Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, Books One and Two in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon.
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free digital galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the publisher or author.
I was pleasantly surprised by this mystery novel from April Henry, an author I discovered just last year thanks to her abduction thriller: The Girl in the White Van, which I also really enjoyed.
The first surprise of the story was the sheer number of POVs. First there is obviously Bob, the author who writes a very Game of Thrones type book series. There is Derrick, who has gone very Kathy Bates and locked Bob in a room, largely against his will, to finish the highly anticipated finale to his series. Then there is Briget, Bob’s assistant who helps him keep the more minute details of the book series straight. And finally, Ajay is Briget’s friend and potential love interest.
There is a lot going on in this short little book, from wrestling with the loss of a parent to LARPing to intriguing excerpts from Bob’s book which lend a fantastical element to the unfolding of the story.
At first I was worried that the plot would get convoluted and confusing, when I realized all the components Henry was juggling all the threads, defining the characters and moving the story along at a quick clip.
if I had one complaint about the novel, its released to the constant reference to Bob’s weight and the attitude towards weightless in the book. It’s is not a body positive narrative and I did not appreciate the constant connection between wright, health, and productivity which is why I couldn’t even give it 4? even though I really enjoyed the rest of the book.
Overall, I gave Eyes of the Forest 3.5?. Problems aside, I really enjoyed this twisty mystery and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good twisty story, including Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series and novels by Karen McManus.
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