Review: In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French

inthewoodsThis is a lonely book.

Ryan. I did not love or hate any character in general; but I did care for them nonetheless. This is in Detective Ryan’s POV, which is the protagonist. He’s very.. childlike, very in need of love. The way he handles things, as if he always needs to be protected, to be cradled. But since he acts like a kid, he tends to be annoying as well. Sometimes he gets on my nerves with his selfish decisions and his intense pride. But try as I might, I can’t blame him. He’s a lost kid. And he longs for something. His childhood, maybe? Family? Love? He’s a mystery—actually he’s the mystery we’re trying to solve. If you ask me, Ryan puts the R in tragic.

Writing. I have to admit, it is too long. But the way she wrote it was soo alluring. I just can’t help but not to read it slowly, to make every word sink in. It’s beautifully crafted. Not like pretty or lovely but very sensual and sultry.

The story focuses more on mystery than the crime itself. And I would’ve never expected that.

This is the first “crime” story that made me feel devastated, as if the real mystery weren’t solved. My heart goes out to Ryan. Since they say that this will be the last time we’ll ever hear of him, I will miss you

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who want to know what real darkness feels like

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 630)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 17th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)

From Goodreads:

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.

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