Thursday, March 17, 2011

CBR III Review #42: In the Woods by Tana French

CBR III Review #42:  In the Woods by Tana French

In the Woods is a novel with two mysteries.  One is the recent murder of 12 year old Kary Devlin and the other is the 20 year old mystery of two young kids gone missing.  In the center of both is Rob Ryan, a murder squad detective. Ryan along with his partner Cassie Maddox is assigned the Devlin case which ends up overlapping with the 20 year old mystery.  Ryan when he was a boy went into the woods with his two best friends and he was the only one ever seen again. He was found with his socks covered in blood, blood that was not his own and he also had no memory of what happened in the woods.

The novel takes places in Ireland and at times I found the terminology a bit confusing but French does an amazing job of constructing a story.  I've never read writing that seemed to engulf me so entirely and easily. Her writing is haunting and beautiful and the characters she wrote felt real.  They all had their flaws and imperfections and little nuances.

The book does tend to feel a little long. I'm sure there are parts that could have been cut but I feel like some of the magic of the writing would have been lost.  The novel does not end with a perfect little bow tied around the mystery and it did bother me, but I don't see how the novel could have ended any differently.



Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (May 17, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000U913EI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  
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