Tana French In the Woods

ISBN 13: 9780143142188

In the Woods

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9780143142188: In the Woods

The bestselling debut with over a million copies sold that launched Tana French, "required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting" (The New York Times), who is "the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (The Washington Post)

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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.
Winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Barry Awards for Best First Novel, and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods one day with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened.

Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.

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Winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Barry Awards for Best First Novel, and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Tana French s intense debut novel, In the Woods, is part whodunit, part psychological thriller, and wholly successful...French s plot twists and turns will bamboozle even the most astute reader...A well-written, expertly plotted thriller.
--Nancy Pearl, NPR s Morning Edition
Readers who like their hard-boiled police procedurals with an international flair will love Irish author Tana French s debut novel...In the Woods is as creepily imaginative as it gets.
--USA Today
Tana French promises two whodunits for the price of one in her harrowing first novel. 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.
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"[An] ambitious and extraordinary first novel...rank it high."
--The Washington Post Book World
[In the Woods] plies dark, shuddery suspense to a breaking point...[a] thoroughly taunting suspense novel.
--New York Daily News"

"[An] ambitious and extraordinary first novel...rank it high."
--The Washington Post
"Part whodunit, part psychological thriller, and wholly successful...French's plot twists and turns will bamboozle even the most astute reader...A well-written, expertly plotted thriller."
--NPR
"In the Woods is as creepily imaginative as it gets."
--USA Today
"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."
--The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Tana French
"When you read Ms. French -- and she has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting -- make only one assumption: All of your initial assumptions are wrong"
--The New York Times
"Tana French is the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years."
--The Washington Post
"[Tana French] inspires cultic devotion in readers...most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming."
--The New Yorker
"To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer."-
--Gillian Flynn
"French is a poet of mood and a master builder of plots." -
--The Washington Post
"One of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing."
--The Wall Street Journal

"French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it's only growing more miraculous with every book."
--Salon.com

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