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  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    (5524)
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    (3495)
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    (3496)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "Giant Blooper? Shiney lure?"
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    It's hard to check for these types of things on audio, and I'm not enamored enough of this story to buy the paperback or take a trek to the library, so I hope some later reviewer will reveal the facts to be found in the actual pages of this work of Tana French fiction, not to mention the ?laziness/failure? of her editors to catch it. If I'm right about the big bad blooper, then my good opinion of this story is reduced by a full one-third. My initial rating would have been a 4.3, but if the blooper is true, that reduces it from 4.3 to 2.87. Don't know whether you'll think this arithmetic harsh, but I admit to resenting threads left dangling after having been started in the beginning of a tale for the obvious purpose of luring the reader to spend his/her precious free time and not so free money to find out the answer to the mystery that particular thread baits. To me, it amounts to false advertising and should not have been used in the official review of the tale on book covers and web pages. Of course, it's only false advertising if the beginning and ending of the tale reveal "information" that's contradicted somewhere in its middle.

    I'm not going to create a spoiler by detailing a blooper that might possibly exist only in my mind, so let these two sentences, quoted from the official review, suffice to reveal the lure: "When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours." That leads the reader to believe that the mystery of the missing children will be "solved" during the course of the story, but let the interview of one of the children's mothers (somewhere around the middle of the tale) suffice to elucidate my suspected author's/editor's blooper ..... I was planning to immediately read book two in the Dublin Murder Squad series, but this blooper almost caused me to change those plans due to the carnival barker nature of the unfulfilled promise; however, I'll place hope over scepticism and go on to read "The Likeness" in the hope that the rather major (in my opinion) blooper will prove to be a one off attributable to author immaturity. If it turns out I've been fooled twice, then that would seem to reveal a character flaw of either the author or her editors, a flaw that would convince me to avoid her fiction as too flawed for future bother.

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