In the Woods Hardcover – Large Print, Oct 3 2007
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A rich multi-layered thriller―Choice
This is a wonderfully assured and beautifully written debut novel, a multilayered psychological thriller that digs beneath the surface of ordinary lives and delivers excitement and insight in large helpings.―Irish Independent
Sharply written and insidiously creepy, this is a mesmerising read that grabs hold of the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go until well past two in the morning.―The Times
Lyrical and haunting―Scotland on Sunday
An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.―Woman & Home
A splendid, page-turning debut.―She
About the Author
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. In the Woods, her first novel, was published in 2007; it won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.See all Product Description
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"What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is fundamental, but cracked, refracting confusingly . . . ."
In the Woods is the story of two crimes which occur in the same Irish location twenty years apart. The crimes are linked by the narrator, Rob Ryan, who survived the first crime with a case of amnesia. In 1984, three friends aged 12 headed into the woods, and only one was found . . . in near-catatonic condition with blood-filled shoes, scraped knees, slashes across the back of his shirt, and clutching a tree's trunk with bloodied fingernails. The survivor was called Adam Ryan, and his family soon moved away . . . and sent him off to boarding school in England. While there, he learned to speak with an upper-class English accent and started to call himself Rob. His passion? To become a Murder detective.
The new case becomes his assignment because Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, happened to be playing Worms when the body of a 12-year-old girl, Katharine Devlin, was found on a pagan altar stone at an archeological site in Knocknaree where a motorway is about to be built. Ryan decides not to tell his supervisor that he had been a victim at the same age. Later, when potential connections between the cases appear, Ryan and Maddox agree to keep Ryan's secret.Read more ›
Prose aside, it's a fantastic plot with a good deal of psychological angst and insight, and once you're involved you'll not want to put it down. Plus, you'll be kept guessing which is rare indeed.
The story is woven with great intricacy and skill and if you're like me, you'll just love Cassie with her edgy, Irish humor. I can't say enough about this book - it's a must read, folks!
One day in Knocknaree (near Dublin), twelve year old Adam Ryan and his close friends Peter and Jamie were playing in the woods when an unexplained event happened, his friends disappeared without a trace to never be found. Adam was discovered pressed against a tree, his shoes filled with blood and no recollection of what had transpired.
Twenty years later, Adam now "Rob" a detective in the Dublin police force is drawn back into the mystery when the body of a little girl is found at the site of the old tragedy. With the help of his partner "Cassie", Rob hopes not only to solve the present case but also the twenty year old mystery of the woods.
I enjoyed this novel even with all its predictability, redundancy and its slow moving plot. It is a long book; the author had a tendency to be a little long-winded. A lot of time was spent identifying the relationship between Cassie and Rob and left us with the old cliché of male/female partnership. The characters are multi-dimensional and dynamic some may love Rob and some may not, Cassie on the other hand is a spunky, smart, witty and likable character. The character driven plot wavers between domestic issues and political issues; it never really finds its footing and ends on a very disappointing note. Nevertheless I found the book to be a page turner and I am looking forward to reading French's next novel.
When the story ends, that's the end! Let it go. There aught to be a bit of a bang then, not a whimper. Nothing in the final pages mattered.
Harsh words, possibly, but I think the novel could have been great. Great setting, great ideas, great prose.......Tana French has amazing talent. Most of the problems with this novel are due to poor editing. There are some fundamental guidelines to good works of fiction. Number one being that there must be a point, hopefully entangled in an enjoyable story, with the reader having been satisfied with the journey.
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good read but the books arrived several weeks after my book club meetingPublished 1 day ago by sandra keates
I much enjoyed the book, it definitely kept me returning to it. The ending was certainly different than I thought it would be.Published 1 month ago by Gary J. MacDougall
I enjoyed the book very much, however I gave it a three star as the book went on and on and I felt it could have ended sooner. But other than that a good read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James
terrible novel. poorly written, it has the slow pace of a 600 page supsense novel and the level of descri^ption of a 1000 page fantasy novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by elliot wilson
Wow, I feel like that was a colossal waste of time. My main complaint until the very end was that it was just waaaaaay too long, but that changed in the last chapter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by roxyrolla
Tana French is an amazing author and this captivating read kept me all the way through the book!Published 13 months ago by Lauren
I have found Tana French and I am enjoying her writing and hers plots.Published 15 months ago by Jane Moriarty