The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods // Emily Barr



A commune hidden from the world. A terrible accident. A lifetime of secrets to uncover. The new YA thriller from Emily Barr.

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.

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…?

What I Liked

  • The plot was slow to start with but it ended up being really fast paced, especially the plot twists which actually shocked me and that doesn’t happen much
  • The characters! I really like Venus and Arty, they had a unique perspective on the world which I really enjoyed looking at
  • I really liked how it flicked from past to present, I really enjoy books that do that in general but this one did it really well
  • All the characters had depth and although some of their personalities cross over a bit (like, as a vegetarian, I’ve never seen or come across so many vegetarians in my life but maybe that’s what cities are like??) it was still pretty good and you could tell the difference in voices…most of the time
  • There was a lesbian couple!

What I Didn’t Like

  • It started off a really slow pace
  • The fact that it was set in India made me a bit uncomfortable and I’m not sure why? I feel like it could easily have been set in the UK, like Our Endless Numbered Days did quite easily (but then again with the reasons as to why Venus ran away, I suppose it wouldn’t have made much sense)

So…to sum it up, I really enjoyed it. I’ve been close to picking up some of Emily Barr’s work before but for some reason or other I decided against it, but this book has convinced me to pick up some of her newer stuff. Now what to pick first??



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