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Sunday, November 11, 2012

In The Woods by Tana French

I'm a bit lax on my book reviews. I think I've missed the last three books I've read. Maybe I'll write about them. It's kind of hard to write about a book you've read weeks, months ago.

In The Woods was on my list for quite a while. It was released in 2008 and French has since published four more books in her Dublin Murder Squad series.

The book starts out very intriguing: in 1984, three children disappear in the Knocknaree 'wood' - why it's "wood" vs. "woods", I will never know. I know that Winnie the Pooh calls its woods the "Hundred Acre Wood"...  One of the missing children is found, battered, clinging to a tree, his nails dug into the tree, with his socks soaked in blood within his shoes.  He's catatonic and has no recollection of what has happened to him or his friends. His friends are never found.

Fast forward to present day, 2000-something. That kid is now a murder detective with the Murder Squad in Dublin. No one but his partner, Cassie, knows his history. But a new murder involving a 12 year old girl in the Knocknaree woods brings back those memories, and perhaps, the killer(?) of the event from 1984.

This is what In The Woods is about. Detective Rob Ryan, AKA the missing child Adam Ryan, deals with his past throughout this novel, plus the elements of this new murder. The partnership he has with Cassie is written amazingly. The reader (yours truly) can see this played out well in a movie.

While the novel is a bit long-winded in places -- I think it could have been condensed in many places but hey, I'm not a writer -- overall, it's quite good and I look forward to reading the next dublin murder case.

1 comment:

  1. Fantasy books tend to talk about the "wood" also, singular. All i can think of is "forest" is singular, and really, the "thing" that is "the woods" is a singular entity. But i always called them "the woods" plural when i was growing up.