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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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    Krystol fort scott, KS, USA 05-29-08
    Krystol fort scott, KS, USA 05-29-08
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    "good for one "read""

    I thought this book was very interesting but honestly unless there will be a sequel there is too many missing pieces and the end leaves you a little frustrated. all in all it was a good read but I wouldn't listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 05-24-08
    Old Hippy PA 05-24-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Big Letdown!"

    I don't usually enjoy this kind of extensive character building, but it works really well here. Also, first-person narration often distracts me, but here it helps the story's realistic and compelling feel. And, the narrator himself does a marvelous job. However, in the end, the story is a huge disappointment! The platonic relationship of the two main characters - who we are to believe practically live together for many months but with no sexual encounters until one romantic episode three-quarters of the way in - strains credulity. And, after that one night, the story just seems to fall apart. It's like the author didn't know how to finish the tale. After the single sexual tryst, the protagonist changes behavior in an wholly unbelievable manner, the resolution of the current day murder is not terribly engaging and seems contrived, and there is no resolution of the best mystery in the whole story, leaving you hanging. After roping you in to the characters and the mysteries so incredibly well for 12 hours, the last four make you just want to throw the MP3 player at the wall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 08-27-07
    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 08-27-07 Member Since 2006
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    "intriguing, but tedious"

    I listened to the unabridged version and had some difficulty sticking to it. The story was interesting and unpredictable, but moved pretty slowly. Psychological details were very well done.
    My biggest complaint is my own personal dislike of stories told in the first person, and I believe that it made this story that much more tedious. The story is also somewhat unsatisfying due to the unpleasant outcome for the main character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Grapevine, TX, USA 07-16-07
    Andrea Grapevine, TX, USA 07-16-07
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    "Do yourself a favor..."

    This audiobook is amazing! I don't think I can say enough about it. The story is absolutely engrossing and the characters are very deep. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian 02-01-08
    Vivian 02-01-08
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    "very good"

    This is an very indept writer. A very well written book. I judge books by the ability of the writer to make me feel as thought I were there. I was there.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 12-24-12
    MickeyMarie 12-24-12 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Poetry in mystery"

    This book is amazing. The author not only wrote a great story, she wrote it brilliantly. It is almost poetry, and Steven Crossley reads it that way. I couldn't turn it off.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mallory Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-13
    Mallory Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes"
    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    The narrator is English and the characters are Irish - it didn't add up and it was impossible to continue listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    An Irish or Irish-accented narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm very intrigued by the storyline, but I'll have to read the books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Florence, SC, United States 02-04-13
    Michelle Florence, SC, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very disappointed!"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    I would not try another one of her books. I did like Steve Crossley.


    Has In the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was great.


    Was In the Woods worth the listening time?

    It was good up until the end. It is like she did not finish the story. What happened to his friends that disappeared all those years ago?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 02-03-13
    Linda 02-03-13 Member Since 2012

    snowbyrd13

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    "Not For Me"
    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    Pages and pages of a character's thoughts. Not enough story and puzzle.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Probably not. I believe this was her first, or at least an early, book. I might check reviews to see if later books were written differently.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Crossley did a fine job as far as I can tell. I just didn't care for what he was reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration! I was hoping for a traditional "mystery". What I experienced was a book that concentrated more on the emotions and thoughts of a character than on the puzzle of the mystery and the solution.


    Any additional comments?

    While I believe this book is well written, it just isn't my style. To me it seemed more of a character study of an emotionally damaged policeman. The "mystery" was not the main focus. And that was disappointing for me.
    This was one of my early "Audible" purchases and a title that I bought on sale. What I have learned is to go beyond the publisher's comments and read the reviews - both positive and negative. Had I done that I believe I would have passed on this book. My preference is for books that emphasize story and plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Venetia St Cirgues la Loutre, France 02-02-13
    Venetia St Cirgues la Loutre, France 02-02-13
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    "Gripping thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended to friends. It is a raw and totally enthralling.


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

    I think it's an original.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written and narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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