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ISBN: 0143113496

ISBN13: 9780143113492

In the Woods: A Novel

(Book #1 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series)

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The bestselling debut with over a million copies sold that launched Tana French, “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” (The New York Times), who is “the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post) Look out for Tana French’s newest novel, The Trespasser, available now As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984,...

Customer Reviews

10 ratings

Excellent

This story was the first I read by Tana and I loved it the whole time! The story kept evolving but I was able to keep up and I just wanted to read more! The team had great dynamics and she’s a great writer!

Just ok!

It started out strong and had me not being able to put it down.However, halfway through the book started to slow down and the ending was horrible it left the reader with so many questions.

Brilliant

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Tana French is a marvelous writer. I read this compulsively over the course of a couple days--I just couldn't put it down. I will admit that the ending left me briefly puzzled, until I remembered something that was mentioned earlier in the story. In conclusion, this book is wonderful. It certainly won an Edgar Award for a reason! Give it a try. :)

Writer begins so well, ends so badly

I thought the book was pure genius and couldn't put it down - until the ending which was very disappointing. No resolution to the murder years ago, and in the end I saw Cassie's personality change from one of caring to one of unthinking coldness to Rob.

I love Thrillers but this book was not!

I could not stand this book. I did not like the characters or care about them. The plot was stupid and you could figure it out pretty easily. Save your money.

Enigmatic literary mystery thriller--don't expect genre!

After reading numerous reviews, I am compelled to counter a lot of the remarks by frustrated reader reviewers expecting more of a resolve than is served up in the story. This is the kind of mystery that feels organic. Language, imagery, poetry, sensuality, metaphor, emotional density, visceral fear--that is how the story is revealed. This isn't exposition and a lot of declarative sentences. It is not formula. It performs a vivisection on genre. As much as it is a mystery of the present murder of a young girl and an unsolved past mystery of the main protagonist's boyhood (he is now a detective who as a young boy survived a violent attack on himself and two friends, who were never found), it is much, much more. The story is allegory. It is about the enigmatic quality of relationships, the complicated enmeshments glued by dysfunction, the underbelly of fear that keeps people from leading full lives, and the question of survival in a life of elliptical events. Detectives Cassie and Adam were characters that haunted me around the clock, even when I was not reading the book. The characterizations were meticulous. The inner dialogue was fresh with deep, psychological insights, and the minor characters were not drawn for convenience or contrivance, either. Not one character seemed cardboard. The book was unputdownable; the story was a generous mix of harrowing and romantic and wry and witty and dramatic and tragic. I might even consider the word epic as an apt description. And it was this epic quality that makes it stand apart from your prosaic thrillers that flood the marketplace. This is not Stephen King. It is way too literary, layered, full of allusion, and linguistically lush. The author makes it both accessible to the reader while also challenging the senses. She has a grasp of comic timing and dramatic irony. She loves her characters. It is evident in every beautiful sentence that Tana French writes. She did not use a cookie cutter to write this. This came from the marrow of her bones, the center of her heart. The unfolding of the story never feels forced or artificial. If you are looking for a dues ex machina, or if you are inflexible about having all your ducks in a row, then this is not a novel for you. I was initially frustrated at the close of the novel because all the answers were not forthcoming. But as I chewed on it for a night and a day, I realized that my reaction is also a part of the story. I do not want to reveal too much, but the reviewers who criticized the author for essentially cheating them out of a certain kind of ending remind me of the characters in the story also working out their personal demons through this mystery. I do believe that the author slyly and discreetly puts the reader right there in that Irish berg. It forces the reader to reflect on personal issues concerning resolution.I am one of the characters by the time it is over--I am part of the town. It is plausible, also, that Tana Frenc

Beautiful writing, gruesome murder, terrific story....

This is a murder mystery/suspense thriller written in a graceful and beautiful style that I've never seen in a book of this genre before. I felt I'd truly read something original and out of the common mold. The characters, especially the two protagonists, Rob and Cassie, are complex, vulnerable, yet still manage to be believably steely detectives. The mystery itself is as complex and compelling as the characters. This book creates an eerie spell that stays with you after you finish it. The ending is not what you expect, and maybe not what some readers will be hoping for, but it leaves you wanting to know more about Rob and Cassie and their lives, both past and future.

A great read

First of all, beware that the review from K. Schlotterback (baaaad ending) contains a spoiler!!! So don't read it if you don't want to know one of the ending points. On to the story, really compelling! The interaction of the partners as they investigate the murder, was great reading. I hope we haven't seen the last of these characters! As an aside, the Ireland setting is fun too, as is deciphering the Irish colloquialisms. Terrific first outing!

Wonderful

This is a terrific NOVEL that happens to be a murder mystery as well. It is one of the best books I have ever read - interesting plot that gradually and naturally unfolds, complex and interesting characters, realistic dialog, and a theme that raises (and resolves) larger issues. First-rate; I only hope the author will write many more books and live forever!

Is There Something Out There?

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as an actress, at Trinity College in Dublin and has worked in the theatre and film. In the Woods is her first novel. I don't know if it is because this book is the first novel of the author or just a coincidence, but the book just seemed to have a "fresh" feel to it. Taking it out of the run of the mill mystery/suspense/thriller. Even the cover of the book seemed more like a work of art than many of the brash book covers that are supposed to leap off the shelf at you. The book begins when a young boy of twelve went playing in the woods with his two best friends. The boy, Adam Ryan never saw his friends again. The bodies of his two friends were never found and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against a tree and his shoes were full of blood, but Adam has no recollection of what has occurred. Twenty years on and Adam, using his second name Rob is a detective with the Dublin police force. None of his colleagues know about his past. When the body of a young girl is found at the site of an archaeological dig, Rob and his partner Cassie are given the case. It is only when they arrive at the crime scene that Rob realises that it is the exact same spot where his childhood nightmare took place. Rob knows that if his past came to light he would be thrown off the case, so he makes a decision to keep quiet. Is there a connection between the old unsolved crime and the recent one of the young girl, called Katy Devlin . . .

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