WHAT THE WOODS KEEP

Style Magazine - - Entertainment - by Katya de Be­cerra

De­li­ciously creepy, this novel is a thrilling, fast-paced read. The au­thor her­self ad­mits it strug­gles to fit in one par­tic­u­lar genre, shar­ing el­e­ments be­tween fan­tasy, sci­ence-fic­tion, mys­tery, and young adult.

The main char­ac­ter, Hay­den, in­her­its her child­hood home un­ex­pect­edly on her 18th birth­day, along­side some mys­te­ri­ous in­struc­tions from her miss­ing-pre­sumed-dead mother from 10 years ago.

De­ter­mined for some clo­sure be­fore sell­ing the house, Hay­den and her flat­mate Del make the trip to the small town of Prom­ise, Colorado.

That’s when things start get­ting weird, even­tu­ally get­ting Hay­den to doubt her tried-and-true de­fence sys­tem of sci­en­tific rea­son­ing left over from the days when her fa­ther was a re­spected physics pro­fes­sor and not a Ni­belung-ob­sessed ec­cen­tric.

Par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing it is a de­but, this book is an as­tound­ing work.

Even when pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial back­ground and ex­pla­na­tions of physics prin­ci­ples, de Be­cerra man­ages to keep the reader’s in­ter­est hooked — mean­ing the book is le­git­i­mately hard to put down. What the Woods Keep by Katya de Be­cerra is pub­lished by Allen & Un­win. Avail­able now in book­stores. RRP $16.99.

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