In the Woods, by Tana French (31 October — 1 November)

What a great book! Just go read it.

Our narrator, Rob Ryan, was found in the woods at the age of twelve with blood in his shoes and without the two friends he was meant to be with. He has no memory of what happened, and has mostly gotten along in life, until now.

Now Ryan is a detective who is put on a dead-twelve-year-old case in the same tiny Ireland neighborhood he once lived in, in the same woods he was once found in. He hopes both that the case is and isn’t related to his, but it doesn’t really matter — this murder is practically unsolveable. All leads point to nothing, there are no suspects, and Ryan is having a bit of trouble keeping himself distanced from the case.

Of course, then something clicks and the mystery unravels, and you see all the clues you should have seen before, and the solution is pretty darn cool. I’m definitely excited to read the next in the series, The Likeness.

Rating: 9/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2007)

3 thoughts on “In the Woods, by Tana French (31 October — 1 November)

  1. Mary says:

    I’m always really amused when a character in a book or a movie or something has the same name as a real person I know. . .i.e. Rob Ryan. Or how the guy in Caddyshack is named Danny Noonan, and I have a cousin named Danny Noonan.

  2. Alison says:

    Ha, I know! I heard this author on NPR talking about the book and I was like, “Whuh? Rob Ryan?” because I didn’t think that was all that common a name… but I suppose it might just be, in Ireland.

  3. Melissa says:

    I’m about halfway through this one and really need to get back to it! I set it aside to read some review books and can’t wait to finish it.

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