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 really enjoyed listening to the accent and the back and forth between the characters and the suspense of the book. But about half way through the book, I feel like the author added senseless drama for no good reason. The ending was also a bit aggrivating. The biggest suspense/question of the book was never answered which just kinda left the reader hanging.
As a clinical psychologist I found the portrayal of sociopathic behavior well done and the response of one of the characters to this captivating. The ending was a bit disappointing because it left some details unresolved, in my opinion.
I've read all of French's book on paper and enjoyed them - but I'm disappointed by this as an audiobook. Read aloud, the descriptive and introspective passages seem wordy and overwritten, and the dialogue is surprisingly flat. The reader doesn't do much with vocal characterization - everyone has the same accent and similar timbres, though he does make the female detective sound a bit "girlish" high and breathy (which doesn't suit her smart, sardonic personality).
I'll stick to the print editions of French's books.
Better vocal characterization in dialogue, to convey individual personalities and make it easier to follow who's who
i like to read. i like to listen.
It's pretty high on the list. I loved the story and the narration.
i was touched by one of the final scenes in the story...when detective ryan is remembering a scene where he and his two friends (who soon after went missing) were sharing a happy picnic in the woods. for some reason, this scene sticks out in my thoughts, because it was so simple, pure and honest. it was exactly as you would expect three kids to act in the wake of hearing some happy news. it was just written so well, read so well, and placed in the perfect moment of this book.
honestly, in the beginning I wasn't sure how i felt about his performance...but as i got into the thick of the book, i felt his voice really took off and captivated me. i loved how he voiced the young kids in the book -- for some reason his little whispery voice was perfect.
this was a totally thrilling novel. overall, the mystery story was a good one. i agree with detective ryan at the end of the book when he narrates to the reader and tells us that we were "tricked" by one of the other characters in the book, too. that we didn't figure out the mystery until late in the game. that we were in the same boat as he was. tana french did a good job at making this story unfold before my eyes...even as i wanted to guess the ending, and couldn't.
a solid solid novel with a lot of twists, turns and quite a few questions left unanswered. can't wait to read book #2.
There are 2 stories in this book and the Rob back story was frustrating and what I would cut which would leave nothing but a Law and Order short story.
I stole this from a review website but I wish I had seen this review before I bought the book:
In the Woods is one of those books that you finish feeling bereft – bereft of answers, bereft of joy, bereft of happiness. Suddenly, grief and sorrow and despair are your companions as this is a novel that leaves you feeling so, so sad and heartbroken.
This has two stories, with only one ending. I kept hoping ... The writing talent was superb. The voice-over talent was excellent, but the annoying background noises, distracting.
I liked the quality of writing and character development.
Bill Nighly, Love Actually
This was a fantastic book. Tana French did an outstanding job with her character development, quality of writing, and nice pull of suspense. The narrator, although a terrific performer, took away from the draw of the book. His tone was that of Bill Nighly from Love Actually which was more comical than suspenseful for a book of this nature.
The ending was slightly disappointing. I had to recheck 2 times to make sure I did not miss a chapter or epilogue.
The overall setting and story.
I didn't like how the killer of a child gets painted in a sympathetic light.
Narrator's words faded at the end of each sentence. Starts at a normal volume and ends in a whisper.
Try another Tana French book. The reviews are good for this series I figure it must be me.
This book is very well written and quickly pulls you in. Yet, by the end of the book, the author has raised more questions than answers. SPOILER ALERT....At the end, not only is Ryan is in worse shape than at the beginning (don't ask me how this is possible), he has self-destructed. I don't really feel like reading 5 more books to see if Ryan gets his act together or not. If Tana French wasn't going to have ANY resolution in 20 hours, then I doubt she'll have any in 4 more books. It's a shame, because I really like how she writes.
I was so happy to learn that this book was a series. I loved the book and the narrator. There are parts that I wasn't super happy with but in general I loved it.
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