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In the Woods

October 30, 2008

In the WoodsWhere do I get some of the best book suggestions from? Why, book blogs of course! I’ve seen In the Woods by Tana French mentioned many times over the last few weeks and even though I don’t usually read psychological thrillers, the reviews were all glowing so I figured I would give it a chance.

A twelve year old boy went to play in the woods in his backyard in the town of Knocknaree with two friends. Hours later, the boy is found in a trans-like state leaning against a tree with blood filled shoes. His two friends were never found and he doesn’t have any recollection of the events that took place in these woods.

Twenty years later, Detective Rob Ryan is a newbie on the Murder Squad for the Dublin police. He also happens to be the boy found in the Knocknaree woods all those years ago. Cassie Maddox, a twenty something undercover cop joins Ryan’s squad and the two quickly become friends and partners. While Cassie is aware of Rob’s past, the rest of the squad, including his boss, don’t know about his involvement in that long ago case, since he now uses his middle name as his first. When Detectives Ryan and Maddox find themselves investigating a murder of a twelve year old girl in those same woods, they start to try uncover both this case and the twenty year old unsolved mystery. Could they possibly be connected? As they delve deeper into the investigation, the high stress of murder work, lack of sleep and personal involvement begins to take it’s toll.

As Trish pointed out in her review, Tana French has a wonderful talent for setting the stage of this thriller. It is a fast paced page turner and the author’s writing is almost poetic. Plus, the book is often pretty darn funny. Yep, I said funny. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two detectives and this relationship is what adds a bit of humor and levity in an otherwise dark book.

There were a few plot threads that were left hanging in the end, but it really didn’t deter from my enjoyment. French’s second book, a sequel to In the Woods, The Likeness, sounds really good too and I’m lucky enough to have gotten a copy of it already. Yeah me!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2008 10:27 am

    I actually liked The Likeness better than In the Woods! Both are great books though.

  2. October 30, 2008 10:32 am

    Like you, I’ve read lots of good things about this book. It’s on my wish list.

  3. October 30, 2008 11:34 am

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be looking for this book. It’s not my usual type of book but I’m open.

  4. October 30, 2008 1:12 pm

    Glad you jumped on the bandwagon! I loved this book and can’t wait to read The Likeness.

  5. October 30, 2008 1:27 pm

    I have been trying to get into In The Woods for weeks now! I am going to really delve in and try to finish it. It’s on my Fall Into Reading list but after your review I’m motivated to give it another shot.

  6. October 30, 2008 1:55 pm

    This is our book club pick for November! I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review! And I’m happy there is a sequel if I like the first book as much as I think I will! 🙂

  7. October 30, 2008 3:32 pm

    I haven’t read this but it sounds like Harlan Coben’s book The Woods.

  8. October 30, 2008 9:13 pm

    I just blogged on this book last night!

  9. October 31, 2008 3:44 am

    I just got a copy of In the Woods this week. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

  10. November 3, 2008 10:09 pm

    Never read this author before, but having read glowing reviews of this book, I’ve added it to my list!

  11. November 6, 2008 11:55 am

    In the Woods has been on my radar for a while, it sounds so intriguing! I look forward to your review on The Likeness too.


  12. November 10, 2008 8:40 pm

    Tana French is one of my favourite authors now! Her stories are so good! If you enjoyed In the Woods, you’ll probably enjoy The Likeness more!

  13. November 13, 2008 8:10 pm

    This sounds really interesting! I hope my local library has it 🙂

  14. November 24, 2008 4:09 pm

    I just read this 2 weeks ago – was recommended by our local independent bookseller: THE TATTERED COVER


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