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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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    Dawn Glendale, AZ, United States 05-02-10
    Dawn Glendale, AZ, United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Be patience"

    It took a while for me to enjoy this book. The reader's accent was killing me but I continued to listen. It got interesting at the end and I wasn't expecting the outcome. Just be patience and the story will pick up.

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    John Columbia, TN, United States 04-08-10
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    This is one of those rare books that will hook you from the start. It is the cleverest dialogue I have heard in a long time. It is a value at one credit.

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    David 04-05-10
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    "What A great first novel!!"

    I have been an Audible member for a couple of years now and this is the first review I have written on any book. Tana French was an unknown author to me, I selected her book by the length not content. I was very pleasantly surprised by Tana's first book! The story was a real page turner (if there were pages). The characters, plot, and story line were all A+!! Congrats to Tana on her first effort! I'm going out right now to buy her last book and actually read it!! Sorry Audible!!

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    Candace Houston, TX, USA 02-23-10
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    Enjoyable characters not over explained.

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    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 01-28-10
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    Tana French is a talented writer. This book, as well as her more recent work, The Likeness, were intriguing, compelling stories with complex, believable characters. I eagerly await her next novel.

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    Sandra COTO DE CAZA, CA, USA 09-30-09
    Sandra COTO DE CAZA, CA, USA 09-30-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating"

    I really enjoyed the book. I also enjoyed the accent of the reader. It is on my Christmas list to family and friends.

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    Jerry Dunwoody, GA, USA 09-13-09
    Jerry Dunwoody, GA, USA 09-13-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrific!"

    This is a wonderful audiobook. A clever, unusual murder mystery with engaging, realistic characters. The narrator is absolutely terrific, bringing the Irish setting to life and adding wonderful texture to each character. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I recommend it whole-heartedly. Enjoy!

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    Llewellyn Columbia, MD, USA 07-26-09
    Llewellyn Columbia, MD, USA 07-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Be careful In the Woods"

    Modern suspenseful thriller that is told from the first person - a detective is drawn into his past when a child is murdered in the woods where his best friends disappeared 20 years ago.

    The characters are very likeable - Rob is getting to know himself as he remembers more about that day long ago when he was the only one to leave the woods. What happened? Pieces of that day are slowly returning to his consciousness. His closeness to his partner Cassie is greater than brother & sister but there are things they do not know about each other...

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    Laura 07-10-09
    Laura 07-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing end"

    I enjoyed this book and stayed interested throughout. However, there is a point in the book where things take a sharp and disappointing turn. After this point, the story starts to wind up, but nothing turns out the way it should. Not only this, but I was left with several unanswered questions. It's worth the read, but keep the end in mind.

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    Carol 07-05-09
    Carol 07-05-09

    I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.

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    "I'll listen again"

    I loved this audio book. It was thoroughly entertaining. The narrator does an exceptional job guiding the listener through twists and turns in the plot. And speaking of plot; the suspense is classic 'who dunnit' and horror and comedy and even a little romance (without the formulaic b.s.).

    I will definately listen to this one again even though I know what is going to happen, there is so much more going on that it will remain a 'new' book!

    Bravo to author French and narrator Crossley!!

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