In the Woods by Tana French

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Summer in an idyllic Dublin neighborhood means long, unfettered days spent outside, the fresh air carrying the jingle of children’s laughter, the smell of barbecue and the hum of locusts basking in the heat. Three inseparable children squeeze every minute of each day for time to play together in the woods surrounding their homes until one day, three go in and only one comes out.

Twenty years later, now a detective with a name no one can link to that boy, Rob Ryan’s most recent homicide involves the very woods he left his childhood in. He is forced to confront a past he could never successfully remember, one he had divorced himself of and all the while he tells the story, even from the beginning, with a rueful twist.

It felt very much like an in-depth episode of Law and Order. Every piece of evidence is presented for the reader who can’t help but absorbs the tension as the case fails to progress and feel Ryan’s immense resentment as he repeatedly hits investigatory blocks. I couldn’t put this book down and welcomed the ending that was also similar to many episodes of Law and Order. It does the book justice, answered my most pressing questions and doesn’t end with every one of life’s loose ends tied in a giant red bow.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC FRENCH)

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