As a clinical psychologist I found the portrayal of sociopathic behavior well done and the response of one of the characters to this captivating. The ending was a bit disappointing because it left some details unresolved, in my opinion.
I've read all of French's book on paper and enjoyed them - but I'm disappointed by this as an audiobook. Read aloud, the descriptive and introspective passages seem wordy and overwritten, and the dialogue is surprisingly flat. The reader doesn't do much with vocal characterization - everyone has the same accent and similar timbres, though he does make the female detective sound a bit "girlish" high and breathy (which doesn't suit her smart, sardonic personality).
I'll stick to the print editions of French's books.
Better vocal characterization in dialogue, to convey individual personalities and make it easier to follow who's who
i like to read. i like to listen.
It's pretty high on the list. I loved the story and the narration.
i was touched by one of the final scenes in the story...when detective ryan is remembering a scene where he and his two friends (who soon after went missing) were sharing a happy picnic in the woods. for some reason, this scene sticks out in my thoughts, because it was so simple, pure and honest. it was exactly as you would expect three kids to act in the wake of hearing some happy news. it was just written so well, read so well, and placed in the perfect moment of this book.
honestly, in the beginning I wasn't sure how i felt about his performance...but as i got into the thick of the book, i felt his voice really took off and captivated me. i loved how he voiced the young kids in the book -- for some reason his little whispery voice was perfect.
this was a totally thrilling novel. overall, the mystery story was a good one. i agree with detective ryan at the end of the book when he narrates to the reader and tells us that we were "tricked" by one of the other characters in the book, too. that we didn't figure out the mystery until late in the game. that we were in the same boat as he was. tana french did a good job at making this story unfold before my eyes...even as i wanted to guess the ending, and couldn't.
a solid solid novel with a lot of twists, turns and quite a few questions left unanswered. can't wait to read book #2.
There are 2 stories in this book and the Rob back story was frustrating and what I would cut which would leave nothing but a Law and Order short story.
I stole this from a review website but I wish I had seen this review before I bought the book:
In the Woods is one of those books that you finish feeling bereft – bereft of answers, bereft of joy, bereft of happiness. Suddenly, grief and sorrow and despair are your companions as this is a novel that leaves you feeling so, so sad and heartbroken.
This has two stories, with only one ending. I kept hoping ... The writing talent was superb. The voice-over talent was excellent, but the annoying background noises, distracting.
I liked the quality of writing and character development.
Bill Nighly, Love Actually
This was a fantastic book. Tana French did an outstanding job with her character development, quality of writing, and nice pull of suspense. The narrator, although a terrific performer, took away from the draw of the book. His tone was that of Bill Nighly from Love Actually which was more comical than suspenseful for a book of this nature.
The ending was slightly disappointing. I had to recheck 2 times to make sure I did not miss a chapter or epilogue.
The overall setting and story.
I didn't like how the killer of a child gets painted in a sympathetic light.
Narrator's words faded at the end of each sentence. Starts at a normal volume and ends in a whisper.
Try another Tana French book. The reviews are good for this series I figure it must be me.
This book is very well written and quickly pulls you in. Yet, by the end of the book, the author has raised more questions than answers. SPOILER ALERT....At the end, not only is Ryan is in worse shape than at the beginning (don't ask me how this is possible), he has self-destructed. I don't really feel like reading 5 more books to see if Ryan gets his act together or not. If Tana French wasn't going to have ANY resolution in 20 hours, then I doubt she'll have any in 4 more books. It's a shame, because I really like how she writes.
I was so happy to learn that this book was a series. I loved the book and the narrator. There are parts that I wasn't super happy with but in general I loved it.
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book and the two murder investigations. The characters were well-drawn and the story moved nicely. Narration was excellent. There were some twists to the main story but the mystery that started it all was never solved. You're given one lead and that lead turns out to be false. You're never told what happened to the two missing children. I just can't recommend this book to anyone and I'll never read the author again because I don't trust her to tell the whole story. I was very disappointed.