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.
I started with Faithful Place, and liked it so much that I went back to find the first of the series. I have not been disappointed. The characters are real and well developed. Just like reading a book, I could not put down the audible version until I have heard it all!
I have put off re-listening to this book for a while now. It's like not eating all of your ice cream at once so you can savor it again later. I wanted to listen to this again almost immediately. This was one of my early Audible listens, and it is by far the one I have enjoyed the most. I was also new to Tana French, but have now listened to all of her audiobooks--still, In the Woods is my favorite.
There is rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about this story, sort of like you would an old but very dear friend that you have inexplicably lost touch with. In The Woods is a mystery, but not in the flavor of a typical whodunit. It moves slowly, methodically, and the characters are so rich and deep. I think the story is given even more texture through the compelling narration of Steven Crossley. I so enjoyed him..and his narration alone has tipped my decision to spend other credits on novels he has read.
But back to In The Woods. If you want a fast-paced, good but predictable connect-the-dots mystery, this one is not for you. If you enjoy the wonderful and layered telling of a compelling story and deeply textured characters, you will certainly want to experience this novel. Some readers have complained that they felt cheated out of a certain kind of ending, but I think that just reflects how perfectly Tana French has told this story that is built on lifelike, imperfect characters with flawed relationships and visceral fears. As in life, we don't always have all the answers or desired endings.
I will savor this second time around with French and Crossley even more, so without further adieu, I think I'l just get to it!
I love Tana Wood's way of writing and I loved the narration.
An overall sense of the place and time. Important for someone like me who has never visited those parts of the world.
This book was a mixture of love and hate. I thought overall it was a great read until the end. But then, like so many other readers of this same book, it lost all its magic. Not solving Rob's personal mystery was very disappointing and left a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully, it will be taken care of in a future book.
This is talent. Not to be missed. Ms. French has conceived a character, plot and style so disturbing and deceptive that it swept me down the rapids of unease. A thoroughly adult and brilliant text together with a fully realized reading.
Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!
Nobody! I diden't get it at all! First time i listening for two hours, coulden't take it any more. Second time for Three hours, coulden't take it any more AGAIN..Then I haden't anyting to listen to, so I finish...my bad!
He was the only thing that was good whit the book.
Like 10 hours? No wait, this book is so bad that it is a shame to even publish the book.
Weird and boring action, the big thing was that the protagonist had been kidnapped and suffered from memory loss, what happened to the mysteriumet?
I'm having a hard time finishing this book.
I don't think I will get the other two books in the series.
what a gr8 story. welldone. loved it to bits. i will probably read it again. what more can i say?
The first half of the book was well set up, but after that, the main character became a horrible human being. I have a really hard time with books when I can't stand the main character. Also, there are multiple mysteries in the book, and one of them is simply never resolved, with a kind of "well, that's life."
No. Not even the author - I read this book because I do like her newer work.
Not sure of a favorite scene. She does a good job in the first part of the book setting the scene and giving you interesting characters.
Disappointment, mostly. The book was way too long. She got really stuck on the melancholy, "gosh his life was really ruined by this event." Wasted a lot of time.
I really like Tana French's later work, but she does seem to get stuck on "it's miserable and it can't change" sometimes, and I have a hard time with that - don't see much point spending time on it. Although it's still there in her later books, I think she handles it better there. She just doesn't make good choices with this book.
No the characters where unlikable and the solving of the murder came out of left field.
I like the idea of an Irish Detective but not creepy Ryan.
The Interaction between Cassie and Ryan.
This character made me cringe.
Detective Ryan was such a creep I do not want to spoil anything but even him getting on the case when he shouldn't have been.
Only to friends that would have the taste for something like this.
Effiminate. Accent didn't sound right.
Complex and interesting study, not only of the crime, but also the investigators..
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