Wednesday, January 16, 2013
In the Woods, Tana French
Title: In the Woods
Author: Tana French
Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edition: TradeSource: my shelves (courtesy of Jenners)
Date Completed: January - 2013
Most have raved about this book, yet others were left disappointed by the way it ended. I went into this one knowing that I would not see closure, and because of that I did think this book was very well done.
At the onset we know that something happened "In the Woods", in the Dublin neighborhood of Knocknaree, 25 years early to Rob Ryan and his little friends Peter and Jamie when they were about 12. Rob (Adam) was found with blood on his shoes and clinging to a tree, unable to recall what happened. His friends were never found.
Now 25 years later Rob is a detective for the Dublin Murder Squad. He and his partner Cassie Maddox are investigating a new case missing child case which turns into a homicide. The 12 year old victim was Katy Devlin who was found in the same woods where something terrible happened to Rob and his friends years earlier. Rob's past is unknown to his coworkers (except for Cassie). The case feels very similar to him and in the process of the investigation, vague memories of that day begin to surface.
As Rob and Cassie work through the case, their relationship heats up as well. Their relationship seemed very realistic and I loved the witty exchanges between the pair. It's one of those relationships that I found myself rooting for the pair. Despite their relationship Cassie begins to have her doubts about her partner. Are Rob's dreams and flashbacks a key to those lost memories or are they alcohol induced? What really happened, "In the Woods" to Rob and his friends? That is what readers will hope to learn, but this is one book that doesn't wrap everything up in a neat little bow.
There is a lot to like about this story. It's a very atmospheric psychological thriller that will have readers anxiously turning the pages. The writing is addictive and at times even funny. I love flawed characters flawed and Rob fits the bill. He is key to the story. I found myself constantly trying to get inside his head to determine what was real and what was imagined or embellished -- early on in the first few pages Rob tells the reader [ he craves the truth and....he lies]
This story should appeal to readers who enjoy dark stories and stories with secrets, truths and lies. Readers that like all the missing pieces to fit when they finish a book might me disappointed. Despite that I do recommend this first in a series. I'm looking forward to the Likeness (book #2 in the series)