In the Woods
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In the Woods


A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

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.

Look for French's new mystery, The Trespasser, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Title:In the Woods
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:429 pages

    In the Woods Reviews

  • Matt
    Jan 06, 2011

    If I could, I'd probably rate this at 1.5 stars-- it ultimately pissed me off, and annoyed me throughout, but it was good enough to keep me reading and I suppose that should count for something.Maybe ...

  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Jan 26, 2016

    Some wounds will never heal, and there will forever be a Rob Ryan-shaped scar in my heart.Some books are written deliberately to provoke sadness. It's fucking easy to induce someone to tears when the ...

  • Nataliya
    Sep 19, 2014

    "What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie."This book is brilliantly cruel - a story of deep and painfully real psychological f*ckery masqueradin...

  • Emily May
    May 17, 2015

    Though the isbn is the same as the one pictured, my edition of this book has a much creepier cover and tagline:Needless to say, I was completely expecting something a bit dark and twisted, a creepy ps...

  • Monique Bos
    Jun 02, 2008

    I was disappointed in this novel, which seemed so promising at the beginning. The central mystery not only remains unsolved, but a disproportionate amount of the plot is spent on what seems, in the en...

  • karen
    Feb 12, 2010

    it must be really hard to write convincing mystery novels. you can't have your killer be too obvious or no one will bother reading past the third chapter. but you can't have them be too unexpected, wi...

  • Dera Weaver
    Jul 28, 2008

    This was an Edgar Award finalist, and that means a mystery, right? Well, we get a tease at the beginning--little boy survives some sort of mysterious mischief in the local woods, the two friends with ...

  • Fabian
    Dec 08, 2016

    This book is amazing... really excellent. I took a risk at the UTEP library just picking this out at random... & what serendipity it was! This particular week was rife with parties & late nights (dayt...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ? (of badger and SNAKE)
    Aug 04, 2016

    "Not any more. In ways too dark and crucial to be called metaphorical, I never left that wood." I know that I ought to gather my thoughts to organize them or whatever I usually do before writing a ...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Aug 26, 2016

    *4.5/5*This took me ages to read, but I loved it! There was one small plot point that annoyed me a bit, but other than that it was perfect. I barely ever read murder mysteries, but after this I defini...