vazbrown, March 3, 2010 (view all comments by vazbrown)
One of the better mysteries I have read in awhile. Between the author's wit and charm, you could't stand to put it down for even a second. An absolute must book for a rainy day.
threefab, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by threefab)
What most of the reviews neglect is that at the gravitational center of "In the Woods" is one of the most disturbing characters in recent fiction, a study in psychopathology. That's in addition to the extraordinary power of French's writing, the intricacy of her plot, the convincing reality of her characters, the assured command of forensic procedures, and more. Definitely five stars.
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elizamal, July 7, 2007 (view all comments by elizamal)
This was quite an intriguing book. The main character and narrator, Ryan, seemed an odd character; although a supposedly a man, his outlook seemed womanly in many ways. The main crime aspect of the story was deftly handled with sufficient interest to carry the reader along. At the end though, the background story of the old disappearances was not as satisfactorily handled. It has left me thinking about the book but more in an irritated way rather than because I was so affected by the story and characters. Bit less trickery in plot next time would be good but I would still read a book by Ms French.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by New York Times,
"[French] sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected."
"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."
For readers who like their hard-boiled police procedurals with an international flare ("USA Today"), this thriller marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.
The latest New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of In the Woods and Faithful Place
Tana French’s rise can only be called meteoric. Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive New York Times bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. Broken Harbor is quintessential French—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.
Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy always brings in the killer. Always. That’s why he’s landed this high-profile triple homicide. At first, he thinks it’s going to be simple, but the murder scene holds terrifying memories for Scorcher. Memories of something that happened there back when he was a boy.
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