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AFTER THE WOODS
by Kim Savage

AFTER THE WOODS by Kim Savage

Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back

when guys like Donald Jessup take us.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux acquired a debut YA novel,

After the Woods by former journalist Kim Savage, in a pre-empt.

It’s a psychological thriller about two friends in the aftermath of an abduction, where one risked her life to save the other and spent a night in the woods she wants to forget. Now, nearly a year later, a girl’s body is found, and dark secrets are tearing the best friends apart.

Synopsis:

Julia knows she beat the odds.

She escaped the predator who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t remember. Now it’s one year later, and as Julia settles into her junior year, a dead girl turns up in those same woods.

Local TV reporter Paula Papademetriou smells a story and starts trailing Julia.

At the same time, her memories resurface, leaving the whip-smart Julia in a stupor at awkward moments; in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example.

Julia copes by recording facts: collecting statistics about abductions, drawing diagrams of the players, and making lists of Things She Knows.

Paula shares research of her own, making unsettling connections between the dead girl and Donald, and tracing his movements in the days before the abduction.

Julia quickly learns there’s a price for Paula’s information, and the price is her privacy.

At least Julia’s not alone. Her best friend, Liv, ran away that day, when Julia got caught.

Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia in the woods the reason she’s starving herself?

Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with a volatile temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back?

As Julia struggles to make sense of Paula’s clues and Liv’s self-destructive behavior, she realizes the one thing she thinks she knows best—Liv—is the thing she knows least of all.

It’s a psychological thriller about two friends in the aftermath of an abduction, where one risked her life to save the other and spent a night in the woods she wants to forget. Now, nearly a year later, a girl’s body is found, and dark secrets are tearing the best friends apart.

Publication is scheduled for 2016.

Electronic manuscript available