Books: In the Woods by Tana French

The description of In the Woods is very captivating, the past meets present through tragic events and as soon as I read the back I was sold. That being said, it took me about 6 months to make it through this book, I broke it up by reading the Harry Potter series and a few other books but the storyline and potential for a good ending always kept me coming back. While the plot was captivating there was far too much detail of the detectives everyday lives that, in my opinion, was rather dull and unnecessary. The book was extremely slow-moving for me and the ending left much to be desired. The conclusion wrapped up very quickly, and things just sort of magically happened, probably a result of all the mundane day-to-day details of Rob and Cassie's lives taking up too many pages. I don't mean to be harsh but in the end this book (for me) wasn't worth it. If the description below sparks something for you then by all means read it, don't let what I have to say discourage you.

★★ out of 5

About In the Woods by Tana FrenchAs 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.