Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[French] sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected." New York Times
"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
"[A] readable, non-formulaic police procedural with a twist. It's ultimately the confession of a damaged man." Kirkus Reviews
"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
About the Author
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. This is her first book.