It’s interesting what is deemed appropriate for YA fiction. I fought between hesitancy and intense curiosity when award winning author Lucy Christopher’s The Killing Woods was passed to me by a book rep. Post traumatic stress disorder, peer pressure, sexual provocation and drug use all bundled into a thrilling psychological drama. Are the themes a little unsettling for a parent to read? As one, I might say, yes possibly, but only with my protective coat on. As a reader, I say it’s an absorbing read that I polished off in one indulgent sitting.

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.

The Killing Woods is out in October.