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In the Woods: A Novel by Tana French

In the Woods: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Tana French (Author)

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Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.
Title:In the Woods: A Novel
Authors:Tana French (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Nachdem ich nun gelernt hatte, wer Tana French ist (nachdem ich "Der dunkle Garten" gelesen hatte), war ich neugierig geworden und wollte unbedingt mal ein Buch ihrer Dublin Murder Squad lesen. Mit solch einer Serie fäng man natürlich am besten bei Teil 1 an. Eigentlich hatte ich dann mit einem "ganz normalen" Krimi gerechnet. Ermittlerduo was sich zunächst mal zusammenraufen muss, jeder mit seiner eigenen Backstory. Kennt man halt, wenn man bereits viele Krimis gelesen hat. Aber dann nahm die Geschichte einen etwas anderen und sehr interessanten Verlauf. Unser ermitelnder Kommissar war nämlich als Kind selbst Opfer eines grausamen Verbrechens, was bis zum heutigen Tag nicht aufgeklärt wurde, und an das - weil traumatisiert - er keinerlei Erinnerung hat. Und nun scheint es, als hätte der aktuelle Fall eines Mordes an einem Teenager mit der alten Sache zu tun. Und niemand darf wissen, dass der der Junge ist, der damals überlebt hat... Dieser Rob ist einer der interessantesten Ermittler-Charaktere, und ich habe so einige kennengelernt. Und das Ende dieses Krimis ist auch eher ungewöhnlich und hat mich ein wenig überrascht. Empfehlenswert für alle, die gerne Krimis mögen, aber nichts dagegen haben, wenn sie mal vom üblichen Schema mit üblichem Ende abweichen.

Und dann hatte ich mich auf tolle Fortsetzungen mit diesem Ermittlerduo gefreut, und musste lernen, dass mindestens einer von beiden in den Folgebüchern nicht mehr dabei sind (?!?) Blöd!

Gelesen wird dieses Hörbuch von David Nathan und ich denke, zu seiner Qualität muss man nun wirklich nichts mehr sagen ;-) Beide Daumen hoch! ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
My word, I haven't been this emotionally wrecked by a book in I don't know how long. What a powerful impact, and an unexpected one. The premise of the book is reason enough to read it, and that's what originally drew me to it (that, and a recommendation by a colleague), but the writing surpassed anything I expected, and the depth was the equal of any novel, not just an excellent crime novel. This is Patricia Highsmith worthy, dare I say Denise Mina quality writing. Certainly, no first novel since Garnett Hill has smacked me in the head like this one.

Seriously, I found myself having to remember that these characters aren't real, I got so caught up in them. The murder at the center of the novel is horrific enough, but the emotional and psychological damage done to the main characters, both in their pasts and presents, is what shines about this book. It isn't a series of traumas, either, no retelling of Job to see how Rob and Cassie react. Rather, it all seems very believable considering their histories both separately and together. At first, I commented as I read that the real mystery wasn't the central crime, but the one that features prominently in Rob's childhood and serves as a nice mirror to the current case. That, however, wasn't the mystery. The mystery was, how could I have been so completely blind to the inevitable outcome? Me, who prefers reading crime novels over nearly all else? And when the center no longer holds, and everything really does fall apart, I was left with real heartbreak. What an exceptional book. Recommended. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
A 12-year old girl is found bludgeoned and laid out on an altar stone in the middle of an archaeological dig in advance of the installation of a new highway outside Dublin. Her dysfunctional family or an attempt to thwart her father's leadership of the roadway's opposition or a spurned friend? Two Murder Squad misfits (Adam "Rob" Ryan and Cassie Maddox) lead the investigation. Rob is hiding his dark history in the same woods, where he grew up. His working relationship with Cassie is terrific and close until they make a mistake together and things go upside down. 3.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Riveting--Mesmerizing--All those kinds of reviews words!

In the end, though, I wasn't surprised by whodunit, really, and the narrator seemed confident that the reader would be. Maybe he's not addressing the reader? Perhaps a later book reveals to whom he was supposed to be telling the story?

I loved the layers of French's storytelling, the quality of her writing, and the depth of her characters, but feel a little let down now that all is said and done. Still, I'm pretty sure I'll have to read the next one in the series, and possibly all of them. Four and a half stars. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
This really drew me in. At one point I thought it was going to be a supernatural experience the protagonist had a boy. Loved the characters, although I did get angry with the man at the end. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Although she overburdens the traditional police-procedural form with the weight of romance, psychological suspense, social history and mythic legend, she sets a vivid scene for her complex characters, who seem entirely capable of doing the unexpected. Drawn by the grim nature of her plot and the lyrical ferocity of her writing, even smart people who should know better will be able to lose themselves in these dark woods.

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"Probably just somebody's nasty black poodle. But I've always wondered... What if it really was Him, and He decided I wasn't worth it?"
-- Tony Kushner, A Bright Room Called Day
For my father, David French,
and my mother, Elena Hvostoff-Lombardi
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Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small-town 1950s.
What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this--two things: I crave truth. And I lie.
We think about mortality so little, these days, except to flail hysterically at it with trendy forms of exercise and high-fiber cereals and nicotine patches.
To my mind the defining characteristic of our era is spin, everything tailored to vanishing point by market research, brands and bands manufactured to precise specifications; we are so used to things transmuting into whatever we would like them to be that it comes as a profound outrage to encounter death, stubbornly unspinnable, only and immutably itself.
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence," he told me reproachfully.
Maybe she, like me, would have loved the tiny details and the inconveniences even more dearly than the wonders, because they are the things that prove you belong.
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Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.

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As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.
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