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In the Woods | [Tana French]

In the Woods

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and 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 (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

©2007 Tana French; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 04-18-12
    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another audio book I couldn't finish"

    This book is totally boring but it sure takes forever to get around to anything happening. I don't know how it ends and didn't have he patience to find out. Can I get my credit back?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carvaleen Gardnerville, NV, United States 04-16-12
    Carvaleen Gardnerville, NV, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Writer"

    I love mystry thrillers of all kinds: Jennifer Winspear, Agatha Christi, the Mrs. Pollifax series, and even Jack Reacher and Pendegast, but the very best are the Swedish writers and TANA FRENCH! I read the last in the series first because I didn't realize it was a series. It was such a good book too. And I just finished "In The Woods". Beautfiul language, rich characters that are real people you can relate to, and realistic twists and turns that can't allow you to stop listening. I am so looking forward to listening to "The Likeness" which I just down loaded but I am already feeling sad that there are no more. Yes, dounload this book! It is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Russellville, AR, United States 03-31-12
    sherry Russellville, AR, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "dark and depressing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I read wonderful reviews about this book but was disappointed in the story. Very dark. Lots and lots of unnecessary detail. No smiling moments that make you reflect on the good that comes with the bad. I finally skipped to the last chapter to see


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DANIEL TIGNALL, GA, United States 03-27-12
    DANIEL TIGNALL, GA, United States 03-27-12
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    "I cannot believe anyone would rate this book well."

    How can anything this long be so incomplete? I thought I must have been missing a section of the story. How can anything drone on and on for so long without having an ending? And no, I am not a simpleton that can't understand and appreciate depth in a story, and also not a sheep that will ooh and ahh over a piece of crap. I'm not turned off of the genre, but I will never do Tana French again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Millbrae, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Sarah Millbrae, CA, United States 03-19-12
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    "RIVETING"

    This a fabulously well told and riveting story about which it is almost impossible to speak without giving spoilers. Read it, but make sure you have a free weekend, you are not going to be able to stop.

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    M United States 02-18-12
    M United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Well-woven story, authentic feel & characters"
    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    There is a feel of woman-author representing male psyche in the first-person detective's musings, but strangely not his dialogue. Although, it was a little jarring and difficult to really get into major sections of the dialogue because of the way the reader raises his voice for spoken parts to distinguish from unspoken narrative. It did make you feel there was shouting instead of discussion, which distracts you from the book, conversation and plot. The story is good enough to keep me going however.

    The main character is not a wholly pleasant person, as he is finding his own way through the fog of a past childhood trauma. I'm about two-thirds of the way through the book and am getting a strong impression that he is misunderstanding things because of this; perhaps I'll have to go over previous events in my head later to sort this out and thus the author is impressing me - mysteries that make you think on multiple levels are that much more entertaining.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

    Anyone who could do a proper set of Irish accents would have been a better narration choice. I will listen to the next book in this series specifically because of the reviews praising that narrator's talent with accents.

    Mr. Crossley does not seem to be an accurate interpreter of character dialogue, or even of the narrative, for which I would fault the director/producer of this performance as well. It was painfully obvious to me at too many moments that lines were said wrong and inflections or emphases were off. This happened most during dialogue, and I feel I'm missing clues or foreshadowing because of it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The suspense is building faster now that the main character has started to speak of reflecting on the events from some point in the future, a tactic working its way gradually into the storyline. It serves to force one to think about resolution without actually telling us whether the case will actually be solved, while speeding up the timeline through slower parts of the investigation so we don't get bogged down. The characters come through as solidly-developed; no one is perfectly anything, and small moments of humor and other interactions (friction, impatience, etc) are realistic and grounded. Characters should maintain their separateness throughout a novel - they should behave as independent actors with their own mannerisms and thought patterns, and this author seems to have been able to maintain this throughout, which I believe is difficult and laudable.


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    Jeanne 02-06-12
    Jeanne 02-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "absolutely wonderful"

    Tana French's writing is so good that you don't care whodunit; you just don't want these people to leave your life. I have recommended this book to many because the writing and character development is so outstanding and they all had the same experience that I did, which is that we had to read the next two Tana French books, without pause. You can't stop at one. When you finish the third, Faithful Place, we all immediately searched the Internet to find out the date of her next book and are so disappointed that we have to wait several more months for it.

    Enjoy this gifted writer.

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    Debbie 12-24-11
    Debbie 12-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the worst books I've ever read!"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King or Tess Garritson


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Its difficult to make a bad book sound good!


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to a sample before you waste a credit on it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf 12-13-11
    Wolf 12-13-11
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    "Psycho masterclass!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Geat story, brilliant characterisation of main characters, stylistic AA+. It does not happen very often that a great storyteller is also a great writer! This is a book that blew me away. Written brilliantly, great insights into main characters, tense, gripping - could not get enough! Cant wait for my next Tana French book!


    What other book might you compare In the Woods to and why?

    Compare to the really greats of fiction - here is a future world class psycho crime writer! Style and story combined, best I have read for years. A real discovery for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it! If you love literature, psychology and crime, you will be taken to absolute book heaven.

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    Oliver 11-16-11
    Oliver 11-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A little slow, falls flat at the end"

    I really enjoyed the characters, until towards the end, when the dude wieners out, and start to avoid his best friend turned lover, for no apparent reason. Could have been better. Just ok.

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