Friday, February 12, 2021

In the Woods by Tana French

Author:  Tana French
Original title: In the Woods
Pages: 480
Edition Language: Russian
Series: Dublin Murder Squad #1
Format: e-book
Genres: Thriller

       In the summer of 1984 three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is 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 12-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.

My thoughts: 
      Well, I was expecting more from this based on how much everyone loved it. I saw the series almost everywhere, but I was thinking it would have Jo Nesbo vibes. Of course, it is not fare to expect the same degree of suspense and tension from the other author, but I just could not help it, as both series are police procedural detective stories set in a relatively small country.
    The mystery side of the story left much to be desired. I guessed the killer in the middle of the book, but just could not figure out the motives. Sometimes the story was going very slowly and I caught myself yawning a couple of times. 
        An undeniable plus of the book are the characters and relationship between them. The characters were totally flawed, but also likeable and relatable; they felt real. I loved the development of friendships between Rob and Cassie. It was really something to find such a great duo with a strong platonic friendship. I was hoping they were going to work together in further books.

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