In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 1) by Tana French (Epub)


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  • Published: 2007
  • Number of pages: 612 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.59 MB
  • Authors: Tana French


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.

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⭐ SPOILER ALERT: The book started off with a powerful prologue. It took me straight back to the freedom and deliciousness of childhood. And then BAM, something terrible happens and you continue reading because you must find out what happened to those poor children with whom you just had a wonderful connection. Yes, the new death is interesting-ish and the writing and overall story were adequate, but the ONLY THING I wanted to know was what the heck happened to the first children and you are left with NOTHING. Why the teaser of the speck of blood on the new murder weapeon?! I was so angry when this book ended. In fact, I read this about 6 months ago and I am still angry.

⭐ The book starts off detailing a bizarre unsolved tragedy involving 3 kids. To disappear without a trace in the last one is phoned with his fingers dug into a tree. Many years later that loan survivor becomes a detective and find some self involved in a murder case of a young girl from his hometown. The author tries to get us excited that there is some connection to the mysterious disappearance years before. The book moves slowly with out any real excitement or suspense.Soon the detectives have some possible suspects. The family of the victim is involved of course.SPOILER ALERTby the end of the book we do find out who killed the modern girl but never find out anything more about the original mystery. There is no connection. To make this book even less of a thriller, the prime antagonist is obvious, and the author seems to think we will be shocked…Maybe some people were surprised… I have read a lot of suspense and thriller novels and don’t see right through it as easily as I did in this one… If you would like mystery, suspense or thrills look elsewhere. This book has none of that.

⭐ The main character is completely unlikeable and the ending is utterly unsatisfactory. Please do not spend money on this book.

⭐ Second book I’ve read by this author and second time I’ve been made just very, very annoyed by the writing and/or by characters the author created. The main character in this book actually aroused hatred in this reader and not because he was well-written and that was the intended outcome, but because the motivation for his bizarre behavior was never clear. He had a terrible childhood experience when two of his childhood friends disappeared; he is now a near-middle aged adult and a murder squad detective, reflecting on that childhood incident and current events – but his adult behavior is beyond understanding. He has a wonderful police partner but (avoiding spoiler here) after one event with her, he becomes a completely different person – without reason or explanation. His “relationship” with a psychopath is even more bizarre and completely annoying – and it all just goes downhill from about mid-point of the book. It’s a long book – overlong, I’d say – and just meanders and moseys along without point or purpose. This is the second Tana French book I’ve read and both have been a poor reading experience. No more.

⭐ Just finished this book today. I give it four stars because it was very well written and rivetingly intense. I could hardly put it down. However, I have to say that I have seldom been more disappointed by a book ending. There was not much of lessons learned, take away value or redemption here…let alone any happily-ever-after. SPOILERS AHEAD: The Murder Squad gets their man but loses the psychopath girlfriend who instigated the whole thing because of a technicality that professionals should certainly not have missed. I found it puzzling that the main character would excuse his lack of suspicion of the psycho girl with an aside to the reader to the effect that “she tricked you too.” That was so not true! The partnering detectives “break up” in a very silly way and go their separate ways, with one so far demoted that I wondered why he stayed on. AND the opening hook with the disappearance of the children 20 years before is NEVER resolved and remains as much a mystery at the end of the book as at the beginning! All in all, this was an excellent read, but I am not sure if I will read more by this author as I prefer stories with a more positive finale.

⭐ This book was boring! I only finished it because I paid 14 bucks for it! What a waste of money. I mean the story line was ok but it just had endless useless information. I wouldn’t waste money on a second one that’s for sure.

⭐ I gave up on the book on page 33. This is the most overwritten book that I have tried to read in years. The writing is so burdened with allusions and other literary devices that I actually struggled to follow the story.

⭐ One of the best written books ever. French absolutely transports the reader to the scene through her poetic prose. All one has to do is read the Prologue to see it: “Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small-town 1950’s.” When I read that first line, I could visualize the summer day that French goes on to describe further as to its sky, which is “summer full-throated and extravagant in a hot pure silkscreen blue.” It is a child’s summer she is asking us to remember. a “summer [that] explodes on your tongue tasting of chewed blades of long grass.”This is an extraordinarily book! And when a shadow darkens that perfect summer, we can feel it. And Rob, one of the main characters, will always remember the golden parts of that day, but not when his two best friends disappeared, when he was left with a sneaker full of blood with no memory at all of what happened when the dark shadow of evil blotted out the sun. To adulthood, Rob will never recall the details and his friends are never found, never heard of, after that day.Those woods in summer – Adult Rob (with partner Cassie) is now investigating a child’s death in the same area. Of course, his tragedy in youth haunts those woods and Rob’s mind. Is it possible there is a link between the two crimes? The author’s language is exquisite, so wonderfully readable, perfect. I have read this book several times. My favorite scene: At one point, Rob tries to re-live his earlier experience in the woods by staying at the site, alone, and overnight. It is frightening, incredibly done, and so very real.Another reviewer says that this book “is much more than a detective story. It is a great novel!” I agree.After this, I went on to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Both were excellent. But still, like Rob, I’m haunted by the visions that are In The Woods. A remarkable book and one of my favorites.

⭐ Kept assuming there would be a solution to mystery B. Mystery A was obvious. And not to give a solution to the main mystery is truly a betrayal of readers. Im so sorry I wasted money on book 2 thinking that it just might hold the answer. Anyone can drum up mysterious questions . Cheap. Honourable writers give answers. Dont waste your money. Sorry there are no negative stars.

⭐ If you like to spend HOURS reading pages upon pages of details about a storyline that is NEVER RESOLVED, buy this book!!! I just about threw my kindle in the fire at the end. So frustrating. What the hell was the author thinking?!The back story line was the entire reason I bought the book in the first place, and then the author basically says “oh well, guess you’ll never know.” AARRGH!!! I havent been so frustrated from a book in a long time.I give it two stars because the second story line wasn’t bad, but I will not be reading any other book by this author in the future.


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