In the Woods: A stunningly accomplished psychological mystery which will take you on a thrilling journey through a tangled web of evil and beyond - to the inexplicable

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Hodder & Stoughton, Nov 13, 2008 - Fiction - 300 pages

When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods 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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User Review  - ffortsa - LibraryThing

I could not put this book down last night; consequently, 1am came and went. It's mainly Rob Ryan's story, told from his POV, attempting to solve a murder in what was once his own hometown. It's also ... Read full review

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User Review  - nancyjean19 - LibraryThing

I love Tana French's writing and throughout the story felt immersed in Rob's psyche. She created so many layers to her character, and you know that the other characters in the story can't see them ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller) and The Secret Place. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She keeps a website at

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