In The Woods- Tana French


“Human beings, as I know better than most, can get used to anything. Over time, even the unthinkable gradually wears a little niche for itself in your mind and becomes just something that happened.”
― Tana French, In The Woods
  What happens when you’re whisked into the middle of a murder case, that brings back haunting memories from your childhood? You may want to run away, scared, and put those memories back into their little cell in your mind, or, the sudden urge to solve this case no matter what may overtake you. It’s your choice, but once you’re in, you cannot back out.
 Featuring an Irish murder squad that includes the vivacious, no-nonsense Cassie Maddox, the politician’s nephew with an undeterred sense of commitment; Sam O’Neill, and the detective who is hiding an identity from 20 years ago; Rob Ryan, Tana French’s 2007 crime novel ‘In The Woods’ surprises, tricks, and enchants its readers.

 It’s 1984. Three children from the Dublin suburb of Knocknaree venture into the arms of the endless, dark forest. Only one comes out. The other two were searched for, but eventually abandoned for fresh meat. That’s the end of that. 20 years later, the child from the woods has changed his name and his identity. He’s joined the Dublin police, although he’s unsure why. He, like everyone else, fought the image of his lost friends, and repressed all of his memories. But, he gets pulled back to Knocknaree to find that an innocent girl was murdered near the very woods where he lost everything as a boy. The unimaginable follows. He’s drawn closer to his partners, he’s unworthily trusted with finding out this girl’s killer, and most of all, he’s taken back to his childhood.

Suspicion. Fear. Awakening. ‘In the Woods’ excites to no end.

 I recommend this book to everybody, and I can say that without hesitation. It was, as I’m sure you can guess, the first thing I’d read by Miss Tana French, and I have to say, I was impressed throughout most of the book. I was craving some crime/mystery lit after I’d watched the TV series ‘Broadchurch‘. If you liked ‘Broadchurch’, this is a fantastic book for you. It’s similar in the sense that the plot is set up the same way, but it’s a whole new story with a cast of eccentric characters.

 Contrary to my previous praise, I was quite disappointed with the ending of this book. Ok, really disappointed. I can’t really say anything without spoiling an entire plot point, but there’s something that goes unresolved and it’s been driving me crazy ever since I finished the book. Additionally, the middle of the novel was very slow to read, I was left waiting for something new to happen, so be prepared for that. On another note, the character development was stellar, as I found myself learning new things about the characters in every chapter.

Bonus time.. This book is part of a series! I’m going to be busy now, I guess I’ll just be reading the other books to find out the resolution to that aforementioned plot hole… If you want a series to read, this is my personal recommendation for the month. Even if you’re not usually interested in crime or mystery fiction, at least give it a shot. I think everyone should try this book, but I know it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. It’s chocked full of suspense and surprises that I think everyone would appreciate.

 ‘In the Woods‘ was impeccable, unexpected and hefty. I wish I’d read more crime fiction so that I could compare it to something for you all. The best comparison I can make is to ‘Broadchurch‘, which I already mentioned, it’s also comparable to ‘The Diviners‘ by Libba Bray, but in a very loose way.

Thanks for reading! Hope you pick up a book!


2 thoughts on “In The Woods- Tana French

    • optimumsass says:

      It’s a shame that no answers are explicitly written in any of the books, but I really enjoyed your insights on the subject! I suppose it’s things like that that you pick up on after reading the book several times. Thank you for sharing with me.

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