In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1)

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1)

A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense. 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. He is gripping a tr A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense. As dusk app...

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Title:In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1)
Author:Tana French
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:In the Woods
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:429 pages pages

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 11, 2010
    it must be really hard to write convincing mystery novels. you can't have your killer be too obvious or no one will bother reading past the third chapter. but you can't have them be too unexpected, without textual support, or you will be accused of cheating. the super-saturation of pol...
  • Matt
    Dec 30, 2008
    If I could, I'd probably rate this at 1.5 stars-- it ultimately pissed me off, and annoyed me throughout, but it was good enough to keep me reading and I suppose that should count for something. Maybe my opinion has been influenced by reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO imme...
  • Diane
    Aug 15, 2007
    I swear I don't know where to start with this book. Do I talk about how beautifully it's written? Should I wow you with its compelling story? Do I mention the novel's insights into human nature? Or maybe I should warn that you won't know who to trust? Of course, I probably don't nee...
  • Kemper
    Dec 13, 2014
    This book is tricksy. Rob Ryan is a veteran homicide detective with the Dublin police along with his best friend and partner, Cassie Maddox, and the two start working a case involving a young girl found murdered at the site of an archaeological dig. Sounds like it could be the cold ...
  • Loren
    Jul 13, 2008
    From ISawLightningFall.blogspot.com Three-and-a-half stars Years ago, one of my father?s clients -- a man from the Emerald Isle named Cosgrove -- dropped by our place and, during the evening, got an insatiable hankering for the hard stuff. So my mother (who was essentially a te...
  • Dera Weaver
    Jul 28, 2008
    This was an Edgar Award finalist, and that means a mystery, right? Well, we get a tease at the beginning--little boy survives some sort of mysterious mischief in the local woods, the two friends with him are never seen again, and when he's found his shoes are filled with blood and he's...
  • Dan Schwent
    Sep 03, 2014
    When a twelve year old girl is found murdered at an archaeological dig, Detective Ryan and Maddox are on the case. But what does this case have to do with a similar case twenty years earlier, a case that saw an adolescent Ryan as the only survivor? As a veteran of detective fiction,...
  • Marya
    Mar 25, 2008
    Despite not finishing this book, I could not reconcile what I had read with the blurbs on the back cover. It was almost as though the review authors and I were reading entirely different books. True, the author is prosaic, but that does not automatically translate into "beautiful an...
  • J.D.
    Mar 06, 2009
    I will agree that this book is gorgeously written, and the characters are well crafted and sympathetic. That's what kept me reading through the various absurd plot points. An example: the narrator, as a child, is found in the woods, his shoes full of blood, with his two best friends my...
  • Monique Bos
    Jun 02, 2008
    I was disappointed in this novel, which seemed so promising at the beginning. The central mystery not only remains unsolved, but a disproportionate amount of the plot is spent on what seems, in the end, a total red herring. The narrator appears at the beginning to be a sympathetic, ...
  • Fabian
    Dec 29, 2011
    This book is amazing... really truly excellent. I took a risk at the UTEP library just picking this out at random... & what true serendipity it was!! This particular week was rife with parties & late nights (daytime reserved for sleep) and all throughout "In the Woods" was a fa...
  • Maxwell
    Jul 14, 2016
    A very well-constructed and impressive debut novel. I had a bittersweet moment near the end when I realized that my theory from near the start of the book was correct; happy to be right, but also a bit bummed that I had figured it out. It wasn't much of a twist for me, but I honestly d...
  • Catie
    Jul 11, 2010
    This is going to sound silly (this book did win the Edgar Award after all), but don?t read this for the mystery. Although suitably disturbing, the murderer is fairly obvious. And, I won?t lie to you ? the phrase ?Munchausen by proxy? is thrown around a few times. Also, there?...
  • Tatiana
    Aug 10, 2009
    As seen on The Readventurer In the Woods reminded me a lot of Gillian Flynn's novels (Sharp Objects and Dark Places). All these books are very dark mysteries/psychological thrillers and they all are as much about particular crimes the narrators investigate as they are about the narr...
  • Justin
    Aug 19, 2015
    Seriously, man, I wanted to rate this book higher than two stars. I almost went with three, but I just can't do it. This book felt like it ran this long, exhausting marathon only to collapse into a heap, huffing and puffing just before it crossed the three-star line. Right now it's lay...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jan 14, 2016
    *4.5/5* This took me ages to read, but I loved it! There was one small plot point that annoyed me a bit, but other than that it was perfect. I barely ever read murder mysteries, but after this I definitely want to read more! ...
  • Nataliya
    Jun 11, 2012
    "What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie." This book is brilliantly cruel - a story of deep and painfully real psychological f*ckery masquerading as a murder mystery. There's nothing "feel good" about it. If you like a book ...
  • Carol.
    Dec 30, 2011
    I started this series out of chronological order, which only increased my appreciation for French. By some odd chance, I happened upon a new copy of her second book, The Likeness, in the library just waiting to be checked out, while In the Woods had a wait list of at least 100 people. ...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Nov 11, 2010
    Some wounds will never heal, and there will forever be a Rob Ryan-shaped scar in my heart. Some books are written deliberately to provoke sadness. It's fucking easy to induce someone to tears when the book is about a dying cancer patient with a labrador retriever whose leg has been ...
  • Emily May
    Jun 23, 2012
    Though the isbn is the same as the one pictured, my edition of this book has a much creepier cover and tagline: Needless to say, I was completely expecting something a bit dark and twisted, a creepy psychological murder mystery with an outcome I never would have seen coming. And...
  • Lyn
    Feb 25, 2016
    Very, very good. Tana French?s 2007 introduction to her Dublin Murder Squad series eschews ?normal? detective prose for a more literary and artistic approach. Hers is not the terse and journalistic objectivism of hard-boiled literature, nor the overly technical and post-modern...
  • Matt
    Feb 05, 2017
    After much waiting and some significant 'biblio' peer pressure, I have finally decided to take the plunge into the world of Tana French and the Dublin Murder Squad. In the summer of 1984, three children went missing in the woods on the outskirts of Dublin. When authorities arrived, the...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Apr 01, 2015
    Well, at the beginning I thought this book would be five stars. An intriguing premise: a great opening: beautiful evocative language that you usually don't see in a mystery. The story also had great characterisation and moved at just the right pace. Then, about 80% into the story at...
  • Samadrita
    Jul 15, 2013
    It's been a while since I have read a book that has left me so utterly devastated, a book entailing such a profound emotional investment that having finished it I feel a gaping emptiness within, a sense of loss. It feels like my heart has been simultaneously crushed into pulp under the...
  • Christine
    Jan 27, 2018
    Now this is my kind of book. This is the best book I have read in a very long time! In the Woods has been languishing on my list forever, probably because it has mixed reviews. I am thankful I finally gave it a shot. Tana French writes beautifully, but in a way that does not hinder...
  • Joe Valdez
    Mar 15, 2014
    I've heard about readers who become so absorbed in a good book that they stay up late to finish them, or talk to the characters, or turn the pages hoping that something bad doesn't happen to them. I rarely if ever have reading experiences that primal; I'm usually analyzing the characte...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Oct 11, 2014
    "Not any more. In ways too dark and crucial to be called metaphorical, I never left that wood." I know that I ought to gather my thoughts to organize them or whatever I usually do before writing a review, especially when the last page let me shell-shocked as In the Woods did. But ...
  • Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
    Dec 14, 2015
    What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie. 4.5 stars If I ever hear anyone say that murder mysteries are never well-written or literary I will shove this book in their face. I devoured this rather large gem within a couple da...
  • Orient
    Feb 11, 2018
    3,5? A cover for Lithuanian edition. Creepy, IKR! ? I must thank two of my GR friends, Ginger and Michael, for turning my attention to this peculiar book! Thanks, guys ?? Interesting plot with mysteries and stuff. The story started off very well, with funny ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Jan 30, 2018
    I.... have no fucking clue how I felt about this book. Because, hey, beginning? Awesome. Ending? Trash heap that ruined the book for me. Let?s talk. The first half of this book was - honestly - excellent. You can read a thousand reviews talking about it, so I?ll keep it shor...