Thursday, October 16, 2008

In the Woods - Tana French

First of all, I love the cover of this book. It's so creepy. I received a copy of In the Woods by Tana French from Reading Group Choices. I must have entered a contest or something...not sure. But it's a great resource for reading groups.

And I'm glad they sent it because I LOVED this book and it's not something that I would have normally picked up and read.

Here's the synopsis:

1984. Three children are playing in the woods near their small Irish town and fail to return before nightfall. Police and rescue workers only find one of the children, Adam Ryan. Adam is catatonic, clutching a tree, with three long scrapes on the back of his T-shirt, and blood filled shoes (presumably not his own). Adam has no memory of what happened.

Present day. Rob Ryan, with his name changed for anonymity's sake, is now a murder squad detective in Dublin. He and his partner Cassie get called on a case of a murdered 12 year-old girl in the same woods where Ryan was found. Are the cases connected? Will Ryan recover his memory?

The book is written through Rob Ryan's eyes and Tana French does an amazing job with it. I loved that the book was set in Ireland...small town Ireland at that. And the relationship and chemistry between Ryan and Cassie is so great. It is a wonderful psychological thriller and I LOVE her writing. Her second book which is now out, The Likeness, takes place shortly after In the Woods and is through Cassie's perspective. I'm definitely going to be reading that one as well.

This has been my Fifth book for Carl's R.I.P. III Challenge (I know I know, we only had to read four, but...I love reading creepy/scary books in October).

Also Reviewed by:
The Book Lady's Blog
Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Caribou's Mom
Reading Matters
Linus's Blanket

S. Krishna's Books
Under the Dresser
Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?
Books I Done Read
The Written Word
Book Bath


  1. You realize, of course, I'm now going to have to get this book! I suppose I could just put it on my Amazon wish list... :-)

  2. I've read such great review of this book! I really shouldn't by buying more books, but book bloggers make my life hard :P

    PS: I see that you signed up for tomorrow's read-a-thon. I'm so glad you'll be joining the fun!

  3. I really want to read this! I think it'll be in my next book order.

    BTW, I've been catching up and enjoyed your photos taken around NY.

  4. This is another one of those books that the cover just callllls to me! And all the great reviews I keep reading, of course.

  5. I'll be giving away a copy of The Likeness next week! And it's even BETTER than In the Woods. Seriously, you'll love it.

  6. I read some mixed reviews of this one. It sounds like it would be a good read, though.