Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
This is a must-read if you love mystery/psychological thrillers
It’s hard to review this book without revealing any big plot twists. Bottom line though is French knew how to get your mind and heart twisted with emotions along with her characters.
The ending. (last couple of chapters) I can't really explain it though without giving away spoilers.
To quote the main character: "What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie."
A psychological mind-f*** disguised as a murder mystery. If you like books that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end you should not read this book. This isn’t a feel good read.An hour into the audiobook I was hooked. Ryan and Cassie were lovable right from the start. I love their sarcasm and quick wit. This book was so beautifully written, I felt as if I knew the characters personally. Tana French described these characters so deeply and intimately that I easily became emotionally invested in them. This book would not have been as strong as it was without the intense feelings for the characters. It’s hard to review this book without revealing any big plot twists. Bottom line though is French knew how to get your mind and heart twisted with emotions along with her characters. There’s not too much closure at the end but that adds to the creepy and eerie mood of the book. This is a must-read if you love mystery/psychological thrillers. I will definitely be continuing with this series!
I thought the book was OK. It was very long for the story it told and the characters it introduced. I bought all of the books in the series...sure hope the others are better.
I like mysteries because I like to figure out the mystery. To me this one is more of a romance novel and less of a murder mystery. I found myself having to make myself listen to the rest of the book because there just weren't any clues leading me to figure out who the killer was. The story was OK, just not what I was expecting it to be.
I felt that Steven did a good job animating the characters.
No. There was no information in the book I was left wondering about.
When I purchased this book I thought I was getting a murder mystery, but felt it was more of a romance novel instead. It was just not what I was looking for.
"In the Woods" by Tana French was a good mystery novel. It is a story about Detective Rob Ryan an his partner Cassie Maddox and their case to try to solve a murder mystery of a 12 year old girl.
I understood that it was taking place in Ireland, but in the beginning I had to get used to the narrator, Steven Crossley. He seemed too sophisticated/British to me to focus on him as the Detective Ryan.
I was hoping that the novel would also solve the mystery of Detective Ryan’s trauma as a young boy, however, that is never solved in the story. “We are our own worst enemies” was the feeling I had about Detective Rob Ryan as I read it. The murder mystery case they are currently working on, thank goodness, is solved. So when you finish the book, you are left with questions unanswered in reference to the Detective’s personal trauma, and his future relationship with Cassie his partner. Some readers may dislike that type of ending, however, I felt it was good enough to bring it to a close and lead me towards the next book in the series.
One criticism I have about the story is that I could have done without the discussions on the dispute over a new motorway where the murder victim in the story was found. The author continually brought it up and in great detail. To me it was nonessential extra information I could have done without.
I loved the character Cassie Maddox and I look forward to reading about her in the follow up novel, "The Likeness". After adjusting to the accent of the narrator, I also think he did a great job.
The story appealed to me and I think that you might also find it entertaining.
I'm only 1/2 way through, yet I am compelled to write this review. The first 2 minutes did not start well, but then, I am now consumed with this book. This is a book about the characters with a mystery to solve. I am enjoying each word, each sentence, each page. This is a book where the journey is as important as the mystery.
I will definitely be ordering more books by this author and by this narrater.
This crime/mystery story is a good one but with one caveat. It was unnecessarily long for my taste. There was a lot of filler and back story that didn't really add to the book's value. With that said I will listen to another of her books.
Funny, dark, complex
That's a tough one. There are a lot of gritty detective stories with dark humor, but I loved that this one had such a complex male character in a new take on the male/female partnership angle.
No, but he is a great reader, never distracting. I was involved in the story and never "popped" out of it with unrealistic or affected inflections, even for female characters.
Many, as the narrator is both deeply self-aware, loving and mindful and also stupid as hell, as we all are. Very believable in all his contradictions and the reactions of other characters. The big confrontation he has with his partner was fascinating as French never loses sight of the motives of each character as individuals and dialogue stays true.
Funny and sweet and sad. The plot is compelling and believable but does not take precedence over the main characters and their interactions. Great story and great narration. I'm listening to The Likeness next.
Many have enjoyed this book, so I was a bit surprised that I did not enjoy it. The story was too slow and it really did not keep me interested. There were certainly parts of the book where it did pick up and hold my interest, but this is the first audio book that I have listened to that I did not have to force myself to get back to work, I actually had to remember to listen to it. Not a great book for me. Not horrible, but not a top shelf book at all for my money.
This book starts out great. Marvelous writing style, good characters, two interesting crimes. Unfortunately, the characters don't develop and worse, they exhibit the relationship skills of high school sophomores. The investigation drags on and on and on, with an ending that is entirely predictable. For one of the crimes, that is. The other one is never resolved. To top it all off, the main character/narrator is an annoying twit.
But beautifully written.