In the Woods - Tana French

In the Woods

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2007-05-17
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 602 Ratings


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, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.


  • Loved it!!!

    By Chikjfbdjmf
    Age 19 when I read it. And it was my first mystery book, it's gotten me hooked
  • Great Start

    By Plays With Fire
    This novel starts with a chilling situation that really grabs the reader. The characters are well developed and interesting in their own right. About halfway through, however, the whole story bogs down with uninteresting situations, boring discussions about alcohol and smoking, lots of flowery prose and an unsatisfactory ending all of which prevent me from reading any further in the series.
  • Plodding Narrative

    By Woolsandfire
    Artful writing, character development long and boring, and the historical subplot anti-climactic. Need more than "dark woods" to frighten today's reader.
  • Meh

    By Holli1215
    This book started off great and I was into it about 3/4 through and then it dragged on forever. I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened at the end and all the questions weren't even answered! So frustrating
  • Good read; great book

    By NAMason
    French is a wonderful writer. She has created full, real characters and a brilliant mystery story. Her imagery is vivid and her poetic writing evokes emotions. I could not stop reading this and cannot wait to start her next book.
  • In the woods

    By Martagirl39
    An ending that included wrapping up the only part of the book I really cared about would have been nice. An open ending is not really an option for a mystery. U kind of want the mystery solved. That's why u keep reading. 😐
  • Suspenseful

    By Daniluvsu2228
    Loved the book! But i was a but confused in the end
  • In the Woods

    By By Millard
    The reader is captivated from the beginning. The author paints the characters so the reader finds them real and most of them likable. The many twists and turns and speculations keeps the story moving quickly. I was disappointed at the end but accepted the truth of it. Well worth the read .
  • Utterly captivating

    By Bhuseby
    Utterly captivating from the moment I picked it up until the last page. Great read.
  • Love!

    By Lorelia k.
    This is such an amazing book! Loved everything about it. I listened to it on audible and it's purely captivating.