Review: The Woods by Amanda McKinney

The Woods
(Berry Springs #1)
by Amanda McKinney

A year after her sister’s death, Archaeologist and part-time neurotic, Dr. Katie Somers returns to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs to sell her childhood home. She’d planned to be in and out in less than a week, but a chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns her perfectly crafted world upside down.

Army Ranger Jake Thomas only has one shot at a position with the FBI, even if that means concealing his true identity from those closest to him. As he tries to focus on the mission at hand, Berry Springs is rocked by two gruesome murders and it isn’t long before he and Katie become entangled in the killer’s web, while becoming suspects themselves by the prickly Chief of Police, David McCord.

As their attraction begins to sizzle, so does the danger when Katie stumbles onto new details about her sister’s death, leading her down a dangerous path.

A path she should’ve never stepped onto…

Despite of my love for New Adult genre nowadays, I still couldn’t let go of my fascination with murder/thriller mysteries. When I read the blurb for The Woods, I hoped to read it one day soon, and that one day happened last week. I can’t believe I wasn’t able to read this immediately. I should have met Army Ranger turned FBI Agent Jake Thomas earlier because now I’m swooning head over heels about him!

It’s been ten long years since Archaeologist Dr. Katie Somers left Berry Springs, and soon she came back to help her sister Jenny who was recently divorced to her cheating husband. But their reunion was cut short when she mysteriously fell down to her death on a cliff. A year later, Katie was back to sell their childhood home but was surprised when this sleepy town of Arkansas was awaken by two gruesome murders and terrorist suspicions.

And then there’s the inexplicable appearance of ruggedly good-looking Army ranger who not only held guns but also discovered two dead bodies within a week. He definitely wasn’t the kind of man Katie expected to meet when she returned to Berry Springs.

Not to go into any great detail, this book was quite  easy to read and follow. The pacing is slow but rewarding in the end, the plot thickens by the minute and the characters were a motley crew of personalities. Amanda McKinney wrote a dark, ominous thrilling tale spiked with a dash of romance and mystery that captivated me from start to finish. A preview of the next book in the series (The Lake) is quite promising and exciting and just made my night! Definitely fascinating!

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