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ISBN13: 9780143113492
ISBN10: 0143113496
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Staff Pick

The only thing more exciting than a great thriller is a terrific debut by a great thriller writer! Tana French makes a tremendous splash with In the Woods, a harrowing mystery in the vein of Mystic River that wholly earns the comparison. I dare you to put it down!
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Publisher Comments:

A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.

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 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.

Review:

"Irish author French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut. When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim's troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan's best friends. Only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[French] sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected." New York Times

Review:

"A mystery? Yes. But In the Woods is much more than that.... It is as exquisitely told as it is wondrously plotted. Why does one read? To experience novels like this. Not to be missed." BookReporter.com

Review:

"[A] readable, non-formulaic police procedural with a twist. It's ultimately the confession of a damaged man." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In the Woods is a superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland.... An outstanding debut and a series to watch for procedural fans." Booklist

Synopsis:

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 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. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. This is her first book.

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Craig Ensz, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
Tana French's first novel will make her very popular. It is a good read and holds you until the very end.
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Waney, December 29, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
Excellent! I can't say how much I loved In the Woods. Fantastic mystery with enough hints thrown in that I was guessing the entire time and still didn't get it right. Even better, this is a crime drama that doesn't focus on the unsettling details of the crime, or the disturbing particulars of the perpetrator. Rather, Tana French introduces the reader to the detectives working the case and lets us view all of the icky details through their jaded eyes.
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Kelly Woodall, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly Woodall)
I didn't expect much from this book upon first opening it, as a fellow worker had said she had tried to read it but just "couldn't get into it." Imagine my surprise, then, when, even before the close of the first paragraph, I was hooked. I quite literally couldn't put this book down. The story was extraordinarily well-written, with the mystery well-planned--there were no jumps of logic which would have lessened the flow of the story or the enjoyment for the reader. The characters were developed to a surprising and impressive degree, and this was not limited to just the main characters, Rob and Cassie; one paragraph was able to provide such a glimpse into the character of Detective Ryan's superior that I could picture him completely, eccentricities and all, seeing in just a few sentences how he had been for his entire life--a highly amusing moment! Perhaps my favorite aspect of this novel, however, was the link to the folklore of Detective Ryan's native Ireland--there was just the slightest hint of Irish mysticism. Detective Ryan, scientifically trained and highly educated, is still overcome by the almost-supernatural events that take place when he revisits the woods in the night, and try as he does to interpret what he sees--or rather, what is hidden just beyond his view, but coming ever closer-- he cannot explain it. This novel left me delighted to have found such a talented author, and I was saddened only that it had to end; luckily for me, however, I didn't have to wait long to get my hands on the sequel...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113492
Author:
French, Tana
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.41x5.49x.99 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 464 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143113492 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The only thing more exciting than a great thriller is a terrific debut by a great thriller writer! Tana French makes a tremendous splash with In the Woods, a harrowing mystery in the vein of Mystic River that wholly earns the comparison. I dare you to put it down!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Irish author French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut. When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim's troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan's best friends. Only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[French] sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected."
"Review" by , "A mystery? Yes. But In the Woods is much more than that.... It is as exquisitely told as it is wondrously plotted. Why does one read? To experience novels like this. Not to be missed."
"Review" by , "[A] readable, non-formulaic police procedural with a twist. It's ultimately the confession of a damaged man."
"Review" by , "In the Woods is a superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland.... An outstanding debut and a series to watch for procedural fans."
"Synopsis" by , 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 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. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

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