In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)

by Tana French
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In the Woods 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 786 reviews.
SkatesNYC More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with many reviews posted. The book was overly descriptive about irrelevant details, whereas one of the biggest mysteries was never resolved (perhaps a sequel). The back story was just a red herring for the main event it seems, and was poorly intertwined. The fact that the ending wasn't a "happy" one made for an interesting read. I found myself liking the main character all the way through until the end, where the arguments between him and the female main character were borderline ridiculous. Could have been written better. All in all, interesting concept, and may be next time, less time should be spend on description of nature as oppossed to actually addressing the story. I can usually get through such a book in 2 days, this took nearly a month.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book is what draws one in. Then the investigation pretty much goes nowhere, or in circles. There is an old mystery and a new one and both seem to be related. The old, and more intersting one, is never really solved. The new one is solved almost like an aside. I came to dislike the self-centered, whining protagonist and felt badly for his partners. I would not recommend this book as a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book that kept your interest throughout. The only criticism I have is that there were some issues that seemed paramount to the story that were never resolved. I hate when authors do that!
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
I turned the page and expected another chapter, but I was disappointed. The book was done. I felt completely dissatisfied. What I thought was the biggest mystery of the book remained unsolved, while the mystery that I considered the secondary story was solved and wrapped up tightly in a bow. The sad thing about this was that I was really enjoying this book. I want to slap the author for not giving me what I wanted. However, I'd recommend this book because I'd like to know what others think of it. Did I miss something? Was I in a fugue....???
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Characters well developed, good plot. As to the resolution, I am of two minds. The allusions to 'something' in the woods was never resolved which bothered me more than the fact that the dissappearance was not explained, either. I am a sophisticated enough reader to understand when something is meant to be left to the imagination. But it would have been helpful to have some explanation.
lisam More than 1 year ago
I agree with many previous reviews, the descriptions were sometimes tedious and excessive. I found Rob, in the end to be whiny and annoying. The basic plot started out intriguing and then there were so many unfinished angles it lost its "thrill". I ended up finishing it only to be disappointed-what did happen "In the woods"? I can't believe we will never know. In an effort to find out, I started her second book, no mention of the woods but I am finding it to be a much better read-Cassie is a great character. Overall this one was very disappointing.
TWG More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the author's writing style. I was drawn into the story almost immediately. However, there is one really disappointing thing in this book. Let's just say, a major piece of the story line is left unexplained. She seemed to have nailed setting up the story and building the characters, but the climax and finish were a bit lacking, in my amateur opinion. However, I did find myself enjoying the main characters enough to want to run out and get the second book...so hopefully that says enough about this book and the author's potential.
nookaholic More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was going to be great but was disaappointed overall. The character development was fabulous however, the story line lacked the same magic. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book so much that I just couldn't put it down. As the story moved along though, instead of gaining momentum it simply fizzled out. So too, did my interest. LOVED the charaters. The story, not so much.
witchbynight More than 1 year ago
I come late to Tana French, but no less eagerly. Her writing is lyrical, methodical, and evocative of all great Irish storytellers. Sure, no one does it more hauntingly than they, and Tana French should stand proud. I read it first for hunger's sake, and then again to savor the nuances, the twists and the deliciously hidden bits that seem so obvious. Sometimes in going into the wood, we can't see the forest. . . well, you know the rest. The story's end does not disappoint: it's all there---a dark, quick shadow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title and the haunting-like cover art of this book, "In the Woods," leads the reader to expect a sort of thriller. After reading the synopsis on the back cover, the reader is further intrigued by the idea of a psychological thriller to be unwound. However, the book takes the reader on a road of discovery along with the main character to solve a murder of a little girl that brings on suspicions of a link to a twenty-something-year-old case of three young children, where two mysteriously disappear and only one survives, the main character. The survivor, Adam Ryan, assigns himself to the case of the murdered girl to somehow solve his own forgotten history of that nightmarish day in the woods. Although the book's plot offers a few unexpected twists and turns in relation to the case of the murdered girl, it is more of a study of the main character and how he grew up dealing with this horrific event that stained his life and his search for answers. To some, this book may drag a little with irrelevant details, but it provides the reader of a clear picture of every step of the main character's thoughts and reasoning. This book does not necessarily end the way the synopsis leads one to believe, but it is an interesting journey with the main character in attempting to fill a void in the memory of his own past.
SmithDoug More than 1 year ago
One of the more overrated novels I've read in the past 10 years. French has no ability to accurately write a first-person account from the perspective of a man. Very little of Adam/Ryan's interior monologue is believable, in that most men do not note a woman's ensemble/outfit or her vulnerability the first time they see her. As others have mentioned, a more serious and thorough editor would have chopped a couple thousand words from this an made it insanely better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complicated story and could not put it down. These is not an easy read with a happy ending, but the characters are fully formed and the story is engaging.
Avid_readerRF More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book and its characters, the descriptions of Dublin and the areas around it. Tara French is an excellent Irish story-teller. While the ending was a bit of a surprise (I thought I'd missed something)I figured it would carry over into a next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But choose if you love richly drswn characters and great prose
tishO More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader, but get tired of the same old crime/suspense books. I bought this book on sale, mostly because I liked the cover. I could not put it down! Half way though the book I found my copy was missing about 30 pages. I had to go back to B&N to exchange it, luckily they still had a couple copies left. I took it home and finished it the next day. Usually I can figure out "who dun it" about half way through a book but this one kept me guessing until the end. I have to give the author credit for being brave enough to write an "unhappy" ending. It was a breath of fresh air. The only predicable part of the book was how the relationship between the two detectives would end. I would recommend this book to anyone would likes crime/mystery fiction, but would like to try something a little different. I loved it and will definately re-read it!!
yum More than 1 year ago
In the Woods is a fantastic read. The story is about Katy Devlin, a twelve year old girl, who is found murdered on a nearby archaeological site. The detectives assigned to the case are fairly new, and one has a strange attachment to the site she was found. In fact, when he was a twelve year old boy, he lived by that same wood, and his two friends went missing and were never found. Was it a murder that stems back to that time twenty years ago? Was it an unrelated act of sexual abuse? The mystery unfolds as the novel sends you into many different ways of thinking. The end may surprise you, if not, keep you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this entire book only to be disappointed at the end. It was left so wide open. I felt cheated. I spent time reading this book, only to be left with the thought, "That's it".

I did like the story line, characters, and flow of the book. There were mixed plots, and it ended with too many unanswered questions.

I do not see myself recommending this book to my friends or family.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Seriously, I did not want this book to end. Gorgeous and insightful; the conclusion hit me like a freight train. I will be reading more by this author! If you liked this book, I would also recommend: A Place of Execution, by Val McDermid, and End in Tears by Ruth Rendell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a slow start but this series has definitely caught my attention. Its a great suspense series!!
magsco More than 1 year ago
The surprise in this book is not how the mystery story unfolds but the book's change in focus. It turns away from the mystery and is more about the emotional struggles of one of the main detectives in the story. It is not the most sophisticated psychological analysis of the character, but it isn't cheesy either.
1kerfuffle More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a twisted, atmospheric police procedural - and don't mind being left with more questions than answers - this title is for you. The premise is an irresistible hook for mystery/suspense fans: as a young boy, Detective Rob Ryan was found in the eponymous woods catatonic, his shoes filled with blood, and the playmates who had accompanied him seemingly gone without a trace. 20 years later, Ryan has never regained memory of what happened that night. Now, with his partner Cassie Maddox, he is investigating the death of 12-year-old Katy Devlin found in the same woods. The story - part crime documentary, part psychological character analysis - is beautifully written, French's characters multidimensional and realistic. There are few lulls in pace as the story leaps between Katy's murder, Ryan's own struggle with his past, and the friendship between Ryan and Cassie. Both investigations are compelling and twisted, though by the ending the plot seems rife with red herrings and misdirection: leads that take up space but amount to little to nothing, and descriptions that hit a wall. However, the story moves with such suspenseful drive and pulls you into such a rich, believable world that these flaws can be easily overlooked. Be forewarned that, despite intriguing clues that hint at resolution, the details of Ryan's past are never fully revealed. This is the biggest disappointment of the novel, but is perhaps a fitting ending for a story that is much more about the characters themselves than what happens to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much was unfinished. Im shocked this is on b and n top 100 list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isnt fair u never find out what happened to the kids a waste of time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published five years ago. I found it really compelling. True there are many descriptive passages and details, but I found that to add to the enjoyable complexity of the entire book. This is not your average who-done-it with a quick and easy read. It is dense reading, but well-written....more reminiscent of the density of Gillian Flynn or Wally Lamb. Readers who like that kind of close, intricate writing will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good development of characters. Sorry it came to an end. Ready for more!