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Review: In the Woods

In the Woods
Title: In the Woods
Author: Tana French
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 429
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: 16–22 December, 2009

Twenty years ago, three twelve-year-olds went into their local woods in Knocknaree near Dublin. Hours later, only one was found, catatonic. Now, under a different name, Rob Ryan is a detective in the Irish Murder Squad and another twelve-year-old has been murdered in Knocknaree.

Tana French’s debut is subtle and gripping. The story unfolds in unexpected ways. Ryan’s re­la­tion­ship with his partner in detection, Cassie Maddox, is tested to the breaking point while he tries to conceal his past and stay on the case.

Highly rec­om­mend­ed.

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