In the Woods — Review

March 9, 2014

In the Woods by Tana French is mysterious and dark and twisty.

In 1984 three children go missing one summer afternoon in Dublin. One is found hours later in a terrifying state with no memory of what has happened and the other children are never seen again.

Twenty years later, Detective Rob Ryan and his partner are called in to investigate a crime chillingly similar to the case that marred his childhood.

French spins this tale masterfully. In the Woods is extraordinarily complex and full of false starts and twists and turns.

One of my friends had been telling me to read this book for ages. I finally did and it was a truly gripping read. There are certain things for which I’ll never forgive her, but, well, spoilers.

The characters and their relationships are well-developed and it’s interesting to see how everything plays into the larger plot of the story.

I’d recommend this for a lot of readers, though it does have it’s gruesome and creepy moments, so if you’re particularly sensitive to those things you might want to skip this one. This is not one of those cookie-cutter mysteries. It’s atmospheric and character driven and will enthrall a wide audience.

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