I’ve been trapped here for days. What if I die here? I decided to write down my story so that one day, when I’m discovered, they will know who I was and why I was here.The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods – Synopsis
Arty has always lived in the Clearing, a small settlement in the forests of south India. But their happy life, hidden from the rest of the world, is shattered by a terrible accident. For the first time in her sixteen years, Arty must leave the only place she’s ever known, into the outside world she’s been taught to fear.
Her only goal is to get help from a woman called Tania, who used to live in the forest, and the Uncle she knows is out there, somewhere. As she embarks on the terrifying journey, pursued by an enemy she can’t fathom, Arty soon realises that not everyone is to be trusted. She’s looking for answers, but what she’ll learn from Tania and Uncle Matthew is a shocking truth about her past.
Everything is changing too fast for this girl who came out of the woods, and is she running into a trap…?
The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods is my first book by Emily Barr and I was really looking forward to reading it. The chapters featuring Arty are separated with short passages of an unknown person trying to escape a room.
I loved Arty’s story of a girl who grew up in a secluded commune away from modern society having to renter mainstream society after a tragic event. This aspect was so well written and overall strayed from the easy comedy it could provide. We feel for Arty and cringe as she trusts everyone she meets.
As she moves through the world trying to get back to her brother or find her uncle she shows incredible intelligence and cunning. This usually helps her navigate and counter her naivety. Lucky for Arty she meets some really good people in her life, people who care.
Unfortunately, the “Thriller” aspect of this, the person trapped in the room, trying to get out, is a letdown. Even more, I found the passages annoying more than helpful and distracting from the bits I liked, Arty and her journey. The reveal wasn’t majorly clever or interesting. Much more of this storyline would have been better added to the main story. Had it not been for this aspect I probably would have given this book 5 Stars.
Despite its minor flaws I still highly recommend this book as Arty’s story is so touching and believable. Her journey to feeling safe and loved again touching. Her struggle to survive engrossing.
As is I give The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods 4 Stars
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A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.