For Teens (and Adults) - APRIL HENRY, WRITER
New evidence makes a teenager rethink everything she knows about her mother's murder in Henry's (Blood Will Tell) underwhelming thriller. New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in two an impressive list of accolades, dating back to her very first: a glowing review from. April Henry: It was incredible there were two chain-reaction accidents, one . the relationships between people and about their motivation for doing things.
So she believes until the day she sees her friend Tori hanging out in the forest near the tree where someone buried her.
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Adele informs the police of a body in the woods, and through a complicated turn of events, ends up as one of the prime suspects. Could she have done this to her own friend?
The chapters are in a sequential order with a date and a timestamp. The book is fairly fast-paced and set up quite a few people who could have committed the murder. A character aptly likens this mystery to Murder on the Orient Express.
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The thriller also touches upon the stigma of mental illness. People she has known forever who know her diagnosis are also mistrustful of her, which adds an interesting element to the plot. Usually I view a writer as someone who drinks coffee and listens to jazz or something.
They inspired me to go home and look up my family. It was so much better than reading Romeo and Juliet. For most of her life, Adele has been told that her visions are a result of schizophrenia. But what's the truth?Henry Rollins hates dating
When Adele sees her friend Tori in the woods as she's cutting through the park on her way home, she's confused. Why would Tori be out there in the November cold wearing a halter dress? Adele realizes that, after not taking the pills for her schizophrenia, the visions that used to haunt her before her diagnosis are back.
After noticing a mound of fresh dirt with a toe sticking out—and a few minutes of digging—Adele finds Tori's body. Although Tori is dead, Adele can see her, just as she can see all the dead, just like her mother and grandmother before her could. But can she use her power to solve the mystery of Tori's murder before the killer strikes again? Henry Count All Her Bones,etc. In an interesting twist, Adele, who can't remember much from the last time she saw Tori, becomes a prime suspect and even doubts her own innocence.
A family of three went out to the woods to look for a Christmas tree and never came back. Later that day, their young daughter was found at a chain store miles away, but she was too young to tell people her name, let alone what happened that day.
The Girl I Used to Be
A few years ago a human bone was found in that same part of the forest. It ended up being DNA matched to the dad. I found myself thinking about their daughter.
She had grown up being told that her dad killed her mom and was on the lam. Instead, both her parents had been victims. I moved the crime up in time and changed the setting to my old home town of Medford, Oregon. While I was working on the book, I was also taking care of my mom while she was on hospice. I ended up giving the girl a neighbor who was pretty much exactly like my mom.
The Lonely Dead - APRIL HENRY, WRITER
Do you ever use real life crimes for inspiration? Not doing them obviously, but reading about them or hearing about them.
Almost all of my recent books have either been inspired by true crimes, or a true crime informs part of the plot. The weird thing about writing about imaginary crimes is that you have to figure out a plausible way to do them in real life.
I do a lot of research to get the details right in my novels. I know how to get out of duct tape, zip ties, rope, and handcuffs. I know how a blind character could use their cane to disarm a guy holding a gun. I know how to run in handcuffs, how to open a door with a credit card, how to pick locks, how to craft a disguise, how to get a stranger to give me a ride or let me borrow their cell phone, how to make fake IDs, how to steal a car, how to shoot a handgun and machine gun, how to photograph a crime scene, how to choke someone, how to search a building, and how to fight back if attacked in my car.
I can hold my own in both jiujitsu and kung fu. Is it hard to kill off a likable character? But sometimes it needs to happen. I remember once killing a fictional guy named Brad. He was a single dad to his nine-year-old daughter Amanda.