In the Woods

By Tana French
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143113492, 464pp.)

Publication Date: May 27, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“A cold-case murder of two children and a new murder of a young girl are intertwined in this debut mystery by Irish author French. The tension and suspense created by tangled cases, friendships, and work relationships will generate lively discussion for book clubs, especially ones that enjoy reading mysteries.”
-- Karen Ore, Llama Llama Books, Bozeman, MT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“This is a contemporary murder mystery set in Ireland with just the right hint of spookiness and great layers of psychological suspense, as a pair of detectives seek to solve the murder of a young girl in an ancient stand of woods. The current murder is foreshadowed by a crime against three young children many years ago that may hold a key to the new mystery.”
-- Sandra Palmer, Wy'east Book Shoppe & Art Gallery, Welches, OR


Description

A gripping thriller from New York Times bestseller and the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place 

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.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

 




About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards), The LikenessFaithful Place,  Broken Harbor (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller) and The Secret Place. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. 




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