Review: In the Woods by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana FrenchPublisher: Penguin Books (May 17, 2007)
ebook: 429 pages
Series: Dublin Murder Squad #1
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Rating: of 5 stars

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.


With Nora Roberts, you get this beautiful, romantic, and magical outlook of Ireland. It’s where you go to have your dreams come true. Reading In the Woods by Tana French instead brings this realistic insight into Ireland as it actually could be. I was forced to take off my rose-colored-Ireland-specific glasses and delved into this psychological murder mystery that just messed with my head. It was awesome.
As the MC, Rob is the guy who’s head you’re in. And as you read, you learn more and more about him, sympathize with him, and start to genuinely want good things to happen to him. Especially in the wake of this crazy mystery that seems to have no viable leads and messes with his head. But he tells you up front, “What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this — two things: I crave the truth. And I lie,” (3%).
Then you have his very cool best friend/partner, Cassie Maddox. They have this kind of friendship you can be jealous of and want. But as the case starts to take its toll, it also starts to wreak havoc on their relationship as well.
There’s really not much I can say without giving away too many spoilers. All I can say is that this was worth the read. Tana French is a great writer, and In the Woods kept me riveted and deeply invested in these characters. Any psychological mystery fans need to read this.


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Author: Kim

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0 Replies to “Review: In the Woods by Tana French”

  1. I haven’t heard of this one before! I love books with a strong psychological aspect to them so I’ll definitely check this one out! Great review!

    1. I feel like it completely messed with my head, in a good way. (If there is a good way.) I hope you like it!

  2. wow! sounds like a great book :3 also can we talk about that cover 😮

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