The Starving Bibliophile

Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).

In The Woods

Summary: When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim’s troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan’s best friends and only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma.

This book is an epic psychological thriller that will mess with your head the whole ride through.  Tana French has written a glorious first novel that will pull and tug at your imagination until the very last page. It is a slow, kind of tedious novel and it takes patience to get through. I would only recommend it to loyal readers who can’t put down a book and start on another. But it’s an enjoyable read and I think everyone should give it a shot.


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This entry was posted on June 21, 2010 by in Books.
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