In the Woods by Tana French

 

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Do you know the following situation? You are in a bookshop, reading the blurb of a book and suddenly you are hooked just because the storyline sounds fantastic. That’s exactly why I bought Tana French’s gripping thriller In the Woods. The text says the following:

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.

… And after I read the book, I was not disappointed. The storyline is dense, intense and highly atmospheric, the plot easy to follow and suspenseful. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I’m still unsure whether I like the end of the book or not. But this just means I have to think about it a bit more. – And maybe something to discuss about after you also finish it?

Great Book! Read it!

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