In the Woods

In the Woods

eBook - 2007
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Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 429 p. ; 24 cm

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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Tana French is my favorite mystery author and her award-winning debut showcases her unique blend of police procedural and psychological thriller. I love her richly detailed storytelling, complex characters, and the moody, disturbing atmosphere that permeates her work. In the Woods is the first in a series---you’ll be hooked!

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PLYMC_Malvie
Jun 05, 2018

This debut story was very intriguing, and it really left me wanting more. The leading detective encounters a case that leads back to his own personal childhood trauma, which was never solved. No one knows of his past, and what follows makes him question his own judgement and blurs the line between right and wrong.

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jamcharlton
Mar 11, 2018

On one hand I couldn't put it down. Tana French has a beautiful way with words and a strong narrative voice. On the other hand the main character is unrealistic, unreliable and unlikable. The plot meanders slowly, flipping and folding back in on itself and going back to the beginning several times and lastly, the character's central conflict remained unsolved and was ultimately of no importance. I became actually angry near the book when the narrator states, "But before you despise me too thoroughly, consider this: (pronoun deleted) fooled you too." What an unbelievable act of hubris. It's an interesting twist to be sure but entirely guessable as far as the whodunit genre goes.

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quest598
Feb 25, 2018

Went into this one after reading Inspector Gamache series and just couldn't get into it.

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hannahwantz
Feb 12, 2018

Loved this book! Reading The Likeness next!

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

One summer night, three children fail to return home after a day of playing. One child is finally located, with bloody sneakers and no memory of what happened that day.

marycatlyons Nov 06, 2017

This story had great potential, but I felt it was bogged down with prose and descriptions that you didn't necessarily need. Overall, not a satisfying read.

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JLMason
Nov 02, 2017

Well written, but it was overly long and unnecessarily drawn out. Two central elements to the plot and the delay in finding the killer - the narrator's behaviour and his relationship to his partner - stretched credibility and were hard to believe, especially since the likely murderer was quite clear to this reader by the middle of the book.

ArapahoeHannah Oct 12, 2017

A fantastic read! It was incredibly suspenseful, I was constantly waiting to find out what happened next. It's also a debut novel, which says a lot about the author. I have since read some of her other work and am very impressed with her writing.

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bwrogers
Oct 01, 2017

Impossible to put down, powerful prose, and boy, will you feel dirty when you get through it. A great narrator investigates an awful crime and as the reader you get to watch his mental and physical health slowly unravel. It's painful and it's worth every second, but make sure you have time for a shower afterwards.

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margaret_henderson
Jul 25, 2017

This book wasn't quite what I was expecting--it was far more.

French writes with a taut, well-paced style. The story begins with several potential areas of tension: male and female detective partners; a detective who is hiding his true identity because of a childhood trauma; and a murder to solve that has taken place at the site of that childhood trauma. And the author pulls and works each of these strands in the a very taut rope.

Because the story is told in first-person—Detective Rob Ryan is living with the aftermath of a childhood trauma—the reader sees and hears everything he does. But we also see how his mind works. More interestingly, we watch his mind unravel. But French's writing is so tightly paced that the reader is sliding down the treacherous slope with Rob Ryan before we realize it.

Detective Ryan’s story begins as a typical detective investigation, with only a few phrases suggesting he is telling this story from a point in the future. But as the murder investigation continues, the tension between Ryan and his partner builds. This becomes more apparent in Ryan’s telling, as he begins adding more information about their relationship and the changes he begins to recognize after the case.

As the case reaches its tense conclusion, Ryan’s voice becomes a tight balance between distraught and resigned. And the reader cannot put the book down until knowing how the story turns out.

As the investigation concludes, the reader is as exhausted as the investigators. The final chapter is Ryan’s “now.” He is looking back with all the awareness of hindsight, filled with sadness, self-loathing, and resignation.

This reader was left feeling overwhelmed by the emotions in these characters as well as the self-absorption most humans go through life with. One of the most amazing “whodunits” I’ve ever read.

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gypsy101
Feb 23, 2011

loved it, a dark mystery with characters i enjoyed reading about. A detective who was the sole surviver of a abuduction of two of his other friends, investigates a murder that took place in the same location 25 years later. Haunting and lonely- you won't like the ending.

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beckylunatic
Aug 14, 2010

"Don't step on anything that looks like archaeology."

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