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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Blog Post for "In The Woods" by Tana French






I'm still trying to figure out how a person named French could write a 
novel based in Dublin, Ireland! Tana French is very familiar with the laws of her home country, Ireland, and she gives us a twisting, turning mystery that will keep you guessing which direction it is going to take you to the very end.

Cassie and Rob, two detectives from the Murder Squad, respond to the murder of a young girl in Knocknaree. They have a very close relationship with each other and that factors into the book as you 
go forward. Rob is very familiar with this section of Ireland as 
he grew up in the same area and experienced a life-changing event there in 
his youth. He and his two best friends, Peter & Jaime, disappeared one summer 
night into the woods and only Rob was found. No sign of Peter or Jaime ever turned up. 
This changed Rob's life forever and lead to him attending boarding school and changing his name. He could not remember any of the events that happened that night in the woods. Now twenty years later, another missing girl is found murdered. Rob suddenly starts 
remembering bit and pieces of his night in the woods as he and his best friend try to 
solve the murder.  

As partners, Cassie and Rob try to untangle the mystery, but Rob starts to unravel himself. From strange dreams to unknown memories, bits and pieces of that night show up in his mind and sleep. But are these real memories or someone's imagination to fit the current crime? The site is now an archaeological dig that is racing time to recover the artifacts there before a highway is built over top of the woods and all is destroyed. There 
are so many suspects to choose between but the real killer remains elusive. 

As Rob continues to fall apart at the seams at the seams, he is working closely with the 
elusive Cassida. With Cassie trying to help him, who needs any other murder suspects.  
This book with keep you guessing who is the real killer and what it going on in those 
woods? Is there a serial killer loose that has been laying low for twenty years? Is there 
something evil in the woods that punishes innocent children? You may still be guessing some of these answers after you finish.