Tana French is a fine writer. Her use of the English language is easy, although the pace of "In The Woods" starts out quite slow. In many ways the tempo of the story reflects the frustration and daily grind of the detectives in search of a clue to guide their investigation.
The antagonist, a mystery throughout much of the story, is a nasty bit of work when we finally meet. The Protagonist, a male detective with a colorful past is lekeable enough, but I couldn't help but see him through a woman's point of view.
This is worth a credit if you enjoy the genre, but be aware that it is a story in three parts (to make the download faster), and the movement is rather plodding.
Way too long, and not worth the time to listen. Too much padding with play between the two key characters, and their relationship poorly resolved in the end. The "backstory" of the detective's childhood experiences not robustly connected to the narrative. One supects her next book will be better.
I love Tana French and this book was excellent and performed very well. However, the sequel The Likeness and her two other (less overlapping) books are even better and a little more hopeful at the end, which I like.
I love Tana French and this is a great story - one of the top two in my opinion. I could hardly put it down!
This author is fairly new to me and the talent of the author makes Woods one of the higher ranked books among those I have listened to thus far.
I liked the plot plus the interaction of the characters.
The dialects in the book are fantastic. This would not come through if I just read the book.
Aside from a very few hours' sleep I listened to this book straight through, determining my activities by my ability to listen and work at the same time. This is more than just a mystery and I wish I could find the words to describe the powerful pull of this book. I'm just sorry I didnt read Tana French earlier. The moment I finished this book I ordered the next two books in the Dublin Murder squad series.
The narrator is terrific...his narration of the interrogation of one particular suspect is so spot on that I was just stunned! I should add that his vocal inflections for one particular character did confirm for me "whodunit". I don't know that everyone would have that response and I certainly won't let it keep me from listening to him again.... with this one book he's already found a place on my list of favorite readers.
This is a great performance of a great story. Gripping plot with a flawed and complex and likable character. A mystery within a mystery.
Rob and Cassie.
I like books that make me think.
ITW ranks in my top 15 listens. The brogue was amazing.
I loved the way Ryan was able to resolve his childhood travesty.
I truly enjoyed the Irish brogue. It made me think of my Grandmother. She was a first generation Irish immigrant.
No matter what you change, your past will always find you.
The writer took so very long to say anything and to move the story along.
She could have moved the story along faster and that would have helped a lot.
His voice was okay, the right accent for the location of the story, but he could have been more animated with his voice.
Ths book sparked disappointment for me. Have read other Tana French books and they were better.
The author foreshadowed heavily who the killer was about 1/4 of the way in - it was obvious. She spent too much time and focus on a particular family member interacting w/the detectives while leaving the other family members as two dimensional sketches and gave it away. About 2/3 of the way through you just get stuck in Rob Ryan's immature emotional morass and never get out.
Not a Tana French book =\
The narrator was fine and gave the characters their own voice. He was not the problem with the book.
About 1/3 of the book should have been cut - entirely too much of Rob's personal drama was a time-waster.