Book Review: In the Woods by Tana French


Genre: Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I literally just finished reading In the Woods by Tana French and couldn’t wait to post about how good it was!  I’ve seen French’s books pop up on numerous recommendation lists and was interested in checking them out after my mom read one and really liked it.  In the Woods is the first book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series and I am dying to read the second.  So far, she has published six books in the series and you can find a complete list of them here.

When police detective, Rob Ryan, is assigned a young girl’s murder, he is reminded of traumatic childhood events he experienced in the same woods the girl was found in.  As a boy, Ryan was discovered emerging from the woods with blood in his sneakers and no memory of what happened to his two best friends that went missing in the woods that night.  Ryan’s memory of that night has never returned and he has almost no recollection of his childhood before the age of twelve.  He can’t help but wonder if the disappearance of his friends is linked to this new murder and sets out to see if he can connect the two events.

The main reason I liked this book was because of the complex layers of each of the characters.  I loved reading about Ryan’s relationship with his best friend and Partner, Cassie, and looked forward to their interactions with one another more than any other part in the book.  Ryan is a flawed but relatable character and Cassie has her own set of unique personalities traits.  It was easy to connect with both of them and feel invested in their characters.

Although some of the questions were left unanswered in this book, I’m excited to see if more answers will be revealed throughout the series.  I can’t wait to find out what French has in store for these characters in the rest of her books.

If you’re looking for a new mystery series. I highly recommend this one!



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