In the Woods

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tana French
Narrator: Steven Crossley
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: May 2007
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 20 hours, 45 minutes
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After a 12-year-old Irish lad and his two pals fail to return from a day in the woods, searchers find only the terrified sixth grader--with blood-filled shoes and no memory of what happened. Now 32, the tragedy's sole survivor Rob Ryan is a detective on Dublin's Murder Squad. A current investigation takes Rob to the exact site of his childhood trauma. With the present case chillingly similar to his 20-year-old nightmare, Rob hopes to unlock the shrouded secrets of his past.

Reviews (9)

Good Read!

Written by KB on March 18th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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!

Good and Bad

Written by KC from Lyons, IL on August 3rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Slow and Slower

Written by Anonymous on January 31st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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.

Good Read

Written by Lorna on August 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.


Written by Peggy Stortz on May 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.


Written by CindyC on August 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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...!

Great, detailed mystery

Written by Judy S from Sacramento, CA on September 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

In the Woods

Written by Kathy B on August 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.


Written by Bob Stewart from Berryville, VA on May 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

French, Tana

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is a trained actress.