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In the Woods

French, Tana (eBook - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Woods

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Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.
Authors: French, Tana
Title: In the woods
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Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 429 p. ;,24 cm
Summary: Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781429534314
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fre
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Report This Dec 02, 2013
  • lindatveit rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I kept waiting for the book to get better, especially towards the end . . . but such was not the case. I should have aborted reading it well before I finished the book.

Report This Oct 02, 2013
  • billt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't read a lot of murder/psychological thrillers, but this one may be the best I've ever read. It is dark and pessimistic, however--this is not Agatha Christie, matters are not tied up in a neat bow at the end, and no one lives happily ever after (but sadder, & hopefully wiser). Mysteries are not solved, crimes go unpunished, innocence is ravaged in several different ways, and the detective narrator is a staggering wreck by the end. Whodunit fans be warned--this is a probing psychological novel, not just a puzzle exercise. And it isn't one of those fiendishly clever stories with a surprise ending--you may guess the evildoer well before the end--but it will leave you brooding on the fragility of trust, and the propensity of evil to do grievous harm not only to its target but to all who come in contact with it.

Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • EHOLTZCLAW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was super frustrated with the ending of this book, but mostly because I was so intrigued by the story and characters. Don't go into this expecting your run-of-the-mill, tidily wrapped-up mystery ending.

Some of my friends are really into Myers Briggs Personality types. They get giddy at the idea of sussing out just how a person's quirks and habits and way of living might place that person in one category or another. According to these friends, I'm what's known as an ISTP. I'm not sure exactly what this means, but today someone posted this link on Facebook http://liturgy.co.nz/prayers-for-myers-briggs-types/15978, and it suggests the following prayer for my personality type: "God, help me to consider people's feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive." Tana French's IN THE WOODS is a literary crime novel. It features real detectives attempting to suss out psychological profiles and solve real crimes. And for most of the novel it does this admirably--the setting and the characters are alive, the mysteries are rich and complex, the thoughtful broodiness is spot on. But for an ISTP, or for anyone who craves characters who act at least somewhat rationally, a frustrating pattern emerges in the second half of this book: our narrator catches the hypersensitivity bug and starts behaving less like a detective and more like an angsty thirteen-year-old. And so I recommend the book to anyone who likes a well-crafted mystery, but only if you're prepared to spend some time on your knees, thanking God--and French--for all their characters, even the irrational ones who make us crazy.

Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • Kristen Merke rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I can understand why someone might find this book amazing. However I didn't. Too many characters, plot points and useless anecdotes to make it worth while. It had so frustrated, I barely made it through. And when I did finish it was extremely dissatisfying. There were elements I did enjoy, making it average at best. Worth a try though, you just might like it.

The Likeness by Tana French Jeffrey's Comments: "Outstanding follow up to her debut, 'In The Woods.' An intriguing murder mystery/detective novel with a very satisfying ending. Believable and interesting character development balanced with lyrical descriptive passages about settings, landscapes, and moods. The plot is steadily paced, neither rushed nor too slow, and there are no loose ends by the conclusion. As good a book as I've read in some time." Publisher Comments The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling psychological thriller In the Woods. Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She's transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O'Neill, but she's too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl's ID says her name is Lexie Madison, the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective, and she looks exactly like Cassie. With no leads, no suspects, and no clue to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old undercover boss, Frank Mackey, spots the opportunity of a lifetime. They can say that the stab wound wasn't fatal and send Cassie undercover in her place to find out information that the police never would and to tempt the killer out of hiding. At first Cassie thinks the idea is crazy, but she is seduced by the prospect of working on a murder investigation again and by the idea of assuming the victim's identity as a graduate student with a cozy group of friends. As she is drawn into Lexie's world, Cassie realizes that the girl's secrets run deeper than anyone imagined. Her friends are becoming suspicious, Sam has discovered a generations-old feud involving the old house the students live in, and Frank is starting to suspect that Cassie's growing emotional involvement could put the whole investigation at risk. Another gripping psychological thriller featuring the headstrong protagonist weave come to love, from an author who has proven that she can deliver. Review "French creates remarkably complex characters while gradually unpeeling the layers of her story in this rich and insightful psychological thriller. A stunner." Library Journal Review "Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story." Kirkus Reviews Review "Ms. French resists genre conventions defiantly enough to have written a long, rambling book, one that is more interested in character revelations than in 'Aha!' moments about the plot....Cassie herself remains a strong enough character to sustain interest." Janet Maslin, The New York Times Review "Suspense writing is clearly French's forte. Rather than employing cliff-hanger tactics, such as ending chapters with striking discoveries, French relies on more delicate revelations to engage readers all along." Rocky Mountain News About the Author Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the

Report This Mar 15, 2013
  • BrownPoohBear rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is incredible. She is one of my very favorite authors. Gripping from beginning to end. Beautifully written, and a very good read. Definately a page turner.

Report This Mar 14, 2013
  • MBSL500 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wish commenters would not give away the plot. I'm half way through "The Woods" and I'd like to figure it out on my own. So far, I'm a fan.

Report This Mar 12, 2013
  • ritalatabooks rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A bad seed who distroys lives, all around just because shes not getting enough attention! yuck hated this book, a complete downer.

Report This Feb 21, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Someone lent me a copy of Tana French's second book, The Likeness, which I read before knowing In the Woods had preceded it. I was eager to circle back to the first book and, although its pace seemed slower, I was just as entranced with French's story line and personality insights as I was with The Likeness. Her character interactions made me feel like I was in the same room with Cassie, Rob and Sam, and her descriptions of places and events are unexpectedly rich and sensual. Lots of reviewers have recounted this book's story line, but it's hard to describe In the Woods' layers. You have to read French's work to experience it. I'm a fan.

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Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • Kristen Merke rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Feb 23, 2011
  • gypsy101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

loved it, a dark mystery with characters i enjoyed reading about. A detective who was the sole surviver of a abuduction of two of his other friends, investigates a murder that took place in the same location 25 years later. Haunting and lonely- you won't like the ending.


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Report This Aug 14, 2010
  • beckylunatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Don't step on anything that looks like archaeology."


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