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In the Woods (2007) [Novel]
by Tana French Rating: Weighted - 7.1 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 2 (show them) Review!

Series: Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox
Part: 1

Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: In the Woods
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense

Edition #1: In the Woods

In the Woods (2007)
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Language: English

  • "A real show-stopper of a thriller...French tightens the tension slowly until squealing point; Ryan's increasingly taut relationship with Maddox is woven cunningly around the crime plot. A splendid, page-turning debut." She
  • "The most breathtakingly brilliant and close-to-perfect thriller I've read for a long time. I stayed up until three in the morning two nights running unable to put it down." Sophie Hannah
  • "A taut debut from Tana French, In the Woods is crime fiction at its best." Instyle UK Magazine
  • "Tana French's In the Woods is a terrific debut...French's psychological insights into the damaged policeman's torment combine grippingly with the clammy atmosphere that surrounds the lethal woods. As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks." Marcel Berlins, The Times
  • "A brilliant first novel...the reader's attention is slackened and tightened with a masterly hand." Literary Review
  • "Lyrical and haunting." Scotland on Sunday
  • "A must-read is Irish writer Tana French's In the Woods, a literary, dark and absolutely compelling book set in Dublin where all manner of secrets are unearthed." Reviewing the Evidence
  • "Every lead comes with its own sinister undercurrents. The victim's family is apparently hiding layers of secrets and every trail leads back to the woods. Unsettling psychological thriller and unputdownable." Belfast Telegraph
  • "French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut." Publishers Weekly
  • "A compellingly complex case with nuanced characters and a richly detailed sense of place." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Tana French promises two whodunits for the price of one in her harrowing first novel. Drawn by the grim nature of her plot and the lyrical ferocity of her writing, even smart people who should know better will be able to lose themselves in these dark woods." The New York Times Book Review
  • "With her utterly beautiful and brilliantly evocative prose, Tana French invites us into a murky netherworld so seductive and engrossing that we can't turn away, even when we try. Ms. French is an extraordinary writer and In the Woods is a stellar debut." Lisa Unger
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In the Woods (2007)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: United Kingdom
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340924747

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In the Woods (2007)

Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670038602

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In the Woods (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340924761
Pages: 592

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