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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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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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    Phill 10-20-11
    Phill 10-20-11 Member Since 2001

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    This series is great. Love the characters. Narrators are perfect. You will want to start with this one and continue listening until you have finished the next two.

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    Deborah Tustin, CA, United States 10-10-11
    Deborah Tustin, CA, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Steven Crossley's Narration Makes it Even Better"

    Excellent story with beautifully crafted character development and psychology. Crossley was wonderful and I really enjoyed the accent - not that I could tell one British accent from another - but it added to the feel and setting of the story. He does a great job with women's voices because he doesn't try to sound female, he just distinguishes one speaker from another. This long mystery novel weaves together many diverse stories and delivers a satisfying conclusion.

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    Dawn United States 10-04-11
    Dawn United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Will keep you interested"

    Of the three Irish detective Tana French books I've listened to, I liked this one the best. The story is compelling, and Tana does a great job getting the reader hooked. Mr Crossley was a good narrator and I like his delivery and the way he made the story flow.

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    John Escondido, CA, United States 10-01-11
    John Escondido, CA, United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Well worth it!"

    Great narrator! So important. Really enjoyed her characters, the story, and best of all there are more books to read going forward with the same characters. I love sequels. Well worth the purchase!

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    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 09-25-11
    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Tana French is a wonderful story teller"

    I love the way the author developed the story. She really made the protagonist such a fascinating character. By the end of the story I was so wrapped up in all the characters and it took a while to get them out of my head. I listen to books while I am at the gym as incentive to work out. Near the end of the story I broke my gym rule and listen to the rest at home. I listen to a lot of audio books and this was a great story that was well written.

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    "unknown" Plainfield, IL, United States 09-02-11
    "unknown" Plainfield, IL, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent!"

    I have read the mixed reviews on this book, and I think I know the problem. Perhaps many of those who had a problem with this book are habitual mystery readers who are used to a neat ending with most, if not all, of the loose ends tied up at the end. If that is the type of book you are into, you might not enjoy this book. I do not read many mysteries, but I do watch many true-crime type shows such as Cold Case Files. I loved this book because it was engrossing mystery, but it did not end neatly. I am also an English teacher, and I loved the literary aspects of this book. The writing is excellent, which one does not often see in your run-of-the-mill mysteries. The narration was very enjoyable as well. There is a good amount of swearing, which might be a problem if you are trying to listen in the car with kids in the backseat. I felt that the narrator really WAS the main character of the book. Towards the end, there were what I can only call "yucky mouth sounds" which I found a little gross, but it was not very loud, nor very often. That is the only reason I give the narration 4 instead of 5 stars. I have a "thing" about that. All in all, I highly reccommend this book.

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    Yvonne Burnet, TX, United States 08-18-11
    Yvonne Burnet, TX, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "In the Woods"

    I actually enjoyed the book although it's a typical English mystery. English mysteries are slower moving than American written mysteries (my opinion). I thought it moved pretty slow until the last where it became exciting. It did have a lot of twists and turns which I wouldn't have been able to figure out. I also liked the indepth study of the characters.
    Yvonne

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    Kaeti 07-01-11
    Kaeti 07-01-11
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    "Awesome story!"

    I haven't written a review before but was so taken by this book that I just had to. It is so rich and lucious in its depictions of the characters that I felt like I knew them and really cared what happened to them. I even listened to it two times in a row to experience it again.

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    Just Me 06-25-11
    Just Me 06-25-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Why did I wait so long???"

    Ok, I have to admit this book was one of the very first download I got from audible.com over two years ago! I know, I know and no I don't know why it took me so long to listen to it. Now that I am finished I can't believe I waited so long. I LOVED IT.

    It is so much more than a mystery and has enough twists to keep us all guessing. The audio version was out of this world with a narrator that did a darn good job of bringing the characters to life. By the end of the book I felt like I was old friends with everyone and I hated to see them go.

    I especially liked Cassie. She's a smart mouth, tough as nails police woman who partners with our main character Rob Ryan to find out who killed a young girl and why. Rob and Cassie play off of each other perfectly. He is the straight man to her and she is the one that tries to keep him centered.

    Ryan was a victim of a crime when he was just a young boy and there is something about the murder of this young girl that brings all his buried past back to the surface.

    I now understand why I have heard and read so much about this thriller. Honestly, I don't know if I would have enjoyed the print book as much. Well, actually I think I would have but Steven Crossley's narration was what made it so enjoyable to me. It's not often that I have a problem turning off the player once I get to work, etc but with IN THE WOODS I sure did. I am going in search of the second book. Highly recommended.

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    EB Montreal, QC 05-27-11
    EB Montreal, QC 05-27-11

    Crumit

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    "Absorbing police tale"

    I loved listening to this story, even though the hero was flawed past all hope. My only problem with the book was that the culprit was a little easy to see through. At one point, the narrator asks the reader, "You didn't see it coming, either, did you?" Well, yes. Up Fifth Avenue. But the other characterizations were so wonderful, it's hard to quibble.

    Now, Audible, where is The Likeness? It seems odd to have the first and third books by this author, but not the second.

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