Review – The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods by Emily Barr

The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods by Emily Barr
Published By: Penguin Random House Children’s
Released: 2nd May 2019
Page Count: 320 Pages
Edition: Kindle
Rating: 5/5 ★  

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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…?


For all her life, Arty has lived in a place known as the Clearing, a tiny settlement in the forests of South India. She’s happy with her life away from the outside world. That all changes though when a terrible accident within the Clearing forces Arty to leave all she’s ever known and face the world that she has been taught to fear. Arty’s life is changing fast as she embarks on a terrifying journey to find out the truth about her past.

WOW! Is the first thing I should say about this book. I absolutely LOVED IT! I have read all of Emily Barr’s other works of YA Fiction but I have to say The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods is by far my favourite. It is truly faultless and had everything you could want in a YA Thriller/Mystery. To be honest I am still thinking about it to this day and I finished reading it a few weeks ago – that’s how good it was!

The overall plot, in my eyes was pure perfection. I feel that a lot of research must have been done regarding the setting of South India and also regarding some topics raised within the story such as drugs, fostering and loneliness. With regards to these types of topics you have to tread carefully and this was definitely done within The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods. Nothing was glamourised and was all explained in a respectful way.

Everything within the story flowed together so very nicely and nothing felt like it shouldn’t be there. There’s a dual narrative within the plot and one of these had me on the edge of my seat for definite! There were twists, turns, shocks and moments that just made you gasp. I could feel my adrenaline pumping through most of the story and this, in turn, made me want to carry on reading. It’s a certain page turner I’ll tell you that. 

All the characters within The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods were incredible but Arty was on a whole other level. She was such a bright, confident girl who despite hesitation was determined to do what she could to find out the truth. Having not been into the outside world before she certainly managed to come into her own and make friends along the way. I’ll admit at times she could be a bit too trusting but that could be expected from someone who hasn’t had contact with many people before. Arty really comes into her own come the end of the book and she is an example of excellent character development. 

The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods was a gripping, thrilling, page turning read that had you wanting to know more and more throughout. It had me captivated from the first page and I can honestly say this is going to be one of my top reads of 2019. Emily Barr has excelled herself and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know!

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