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In the Woods by Tana French

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)In the Woods. Finished 12-26-12, rating 4.5/5, mystery, 464 pages, pub. 2007

Book 1 in the Dublin Murder Squad series.

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.

from Goodreads

Ryan narrates the book with humor and enough foreshadowing to keep you reading well past bedtime (at least it did for me).  He has his problems.  At the best of times he’s cool and fun, at the worst he’s a real piece of work who I wanted to pour a beer on.  He’s best friends with his partner, Cassie, and their brother-sister relationship was one to be envied, by their fellow detectives and the reader.  I loved Cassie.  Loved her more than Rob, especially by the end.

The old mystery of what happens to Rob as a child and the new case of who killed little Katy have a few pieces of connecting evidence and Rob is stuck in the middle of his own hell, one he stepped into willingly.  The mystery was very good, if not totally surprising.  I loved the characters and the history of the village.  French did an excellent job of making me feel right at home in Dublin.  Now I need to visit!

I really, really liked this one.  Yes, by the end I was fairly disgusted with Rob, but I am so looking forward to reading the next of this series.  I know that a lot of bloggers were upset by the loose ends but I was okay with it.  But that could have been because I was expecting it, who knows?

I bought this for my Nook and if any other Nookster wants to borrow it for 2 weeks, let me know!

December 28, 2012 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books

13 Comments »

  1. I’ve had this book forever but didn’t get the chance to read it. I’m glad you liked it. Although I know reading a book and listening to an audiobook can be different experiences altogether.

    Comment by VioletCrush | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. I liked this one a lot when I read it a couple of years ago. I know that a lot of people had trouble with the end, but I wasn’t one of them. I somehow missed reading the next one that has Cassie as the main character, but I’ve read #3. And now there’s a #4. I feel I need to begin again and reread IN THE WOODS and then move on through the rest. They are not a series really or only vaguely, but it’s always interesting to see who will take the lead role in the next one.

    Stacy, hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday time! Hugs!

    Comment by Kay | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. I’m glad you liked this one, so did I! 🙂

    Comment by Word Lily | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. I MUST read this book in 2013!!

    Comment by JoAnn | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  5. French has been on my radar for a while – I really need to read one of her books!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  6. I love this author!! Love her!!! Glad you enjoyed it too!! 😀

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  7. I am one of those who like this author!

    Comment by Mystica | December 29, 2012 | Reply

  8. I’ve had this book for awhile and I definitely plan to get to it in January!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | December 29, 2012 | Reply

  9. I really enjoyed this one, but liked The Likeness (#2) even more!

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | December 29, 2012 | Reply

  10. […] In the Woods by Tana French.  So glad that this was the last book I read this year.  Ended on a high note! […]

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  11. Oh I’m so glad you like it! I know what you mean about Rob … I wanted to smack him! And you’ll love the next one (The LIkeness) — it is narrated by Cassie!!!

    Comment by Jenners | December 30, 2012 | Reply

  12. I’ve heard great things about this one! yay. I haven’t read mystery for a bit. I need to read a few this year.

    Comment by hmsgofita | December 31, 2012 | Reply

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