What the woods keep by Katya De Becerra

cover image

Allen and Unwin, 2018. ISBN 9781760637309
(Age: 13+) Recommended. What the woods keep is a scary fiction novel, which focuses on Hayden. She moved to New York after her mum's puzzling and peculiar death in the woods but her Mother left clues behind and no one knows what the woods keep. This book is thoroughly enjoyable and fast paced while still establishing a back story. While at times the book may seem too supernatural for its own good, the book still maintains a grip on reality.
This book is great for a younger audience of around 13 years old; this age group will embrace this book because of its fun nature but mature themes. The book is great for lovers of supernatural books, like Twilight or The mortal instruments books, which all have similar themes of mystery, romance and scary. The main character, Hayden was one of my favourites in the book, because you didn't know if she was as nice as she was letting on. If you're looking for a more real life drama, I wouldn't pick up this book, but if you're looking for a fast paced, non-stop supernatural horror, this is perfect.
Overall, this book is fantastic for this age group, it has the right balance of themes and is a very fun book to read. This book blends horror and drama very well, and paints a world, that has beautiful towns and scary woods. This book is very easy to read and doesn't overstay its welcome. I would definitely recommend it.
Joseph T. (Student)