I really loved the way Tana French got into the characters' minds and relationships - it was unbelievable and I was enthralled from the beginning. I was disappointed in the ending, however, so only gave it 4 stars. I do recommend this as a good read though!
I'm torn. I loved the characters, how they interact with one another, the relationship between the 2 dectectives was interesting to listen to. On the other hand I was disappointed with the ending and kind of felt like it was all a big waste of time. I love mysteries and I usually don't try to figure out who did it...I like to be surprised at the end. This is probably the only mystery I read where I had the murderer pegged almost from the beginning.
I had a hard time getting into this and only listening during commutes, made it hard to follow all of the time. I kept waiting for it to pick up but it didn't. I also got very depressed by the story and characters. If you are habitually stuck in traffic going to a job you don't care for....don't choose this book. Bottom line...slow and depressing.
Enjoyed this book. The mystery starts when we learn the survivor of a previous incident in the woods is the inspector on the new case. The main character was neurotic but generally likeable. The ending was slightly unsatisfying but still worth a read.
I'm not a fan of formulaic murder mysteries so I was uncertain about ordering "In the Woods." But from the very beginning I was spellbound--convincing characters, fascinating story: for 18 CD's I didn't want to get out of my car.
I rented this based on previous reviews but was sorely disappointed. It dragged on and on and on! I wouldn't recommend this one at all...!
I loved this book! It was a mystery/thriller that kept me interested in finding out "who did it" and what happened next - but it also had a wonderful, detailed, evocative writing style that is far superior to most murder mysteries. I highly recommend it - it set a mood that I can still recall when I think about it weeks later. I can still recall the interesting characters - made very clear, and I can see the woods.
The book took me by surprise since I wasn't expecting to like it so much. The reader and characters grow on you, pulling you into the story. I love procedural crime novels that also have interesting detectives/investigators who have a personal connection with the case and with each other. If that type of suspense/mystery is for you, this is your book. It is one of those books that immerses you completely.
Not your standard murder mystery, this one. Beautifully written, with complex character development...I felt as though I was a part of each of the main characters in the story. It is very long (791 pp. in the written version, I believe), but well worth the time and effort. It takes a little while to get used to a book which takes place entirely in Ireland being narrated with a British accent (explained in the beginning, though), but the reader is excellent. This book is probably not for everyone...if you're looking for a detective novel in the style of James Patterson or David Baldacci, then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a finely wrought novel with very real people at the center of the story, this might be for you.
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is a trained actress.