A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspenseAs 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 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 twelve-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.Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.
Series6 primary books
Dublin Murder Squad is a 6-book series with 6 primary works first released in 2007 with contributions by Tana French.
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Despite giving me scary dreams at night, I enjoyed reading this book. It was creepy. Everyone said “you'll never guess the ending!” and, well, I did. Mysteries don't usually appeal to me, but this one had a great level of character interest.
Started off rather slow, I took my time getting through this one. French really developed the characters well. Loved that this book differs from a lot of books and doesn't feel that need tie up all the loose ends. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.