Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: In the Wood by Tana French

The Personal Lives of Detectives Impact the Professional

I am not a huge fan of crime drama books but I do recommend this series. . . I started off by reading another book, Faithful Place, the third installment. All of these books focus on both a crime/mystery to be solve within the Dublin Murder Squad but bring in the personal perspectives, background and baggage of the detectives working on the case.

In the Woods is actually the first book of the series, and I plan on reading all five with the hope that she will have more to come! This first novel introduces us to Rob Ryan and his partner Cassie Maddox. They are sent to investigate the murder of a child whose body was discovered on a pagan altar at an historical dig.

This local area is also the site of another unsolved case from twenty years ago, when three children went missing and only one was rescued. Rob Ryan is the boy who survived, but with a new name and a tendency not to share about his past, no one initially knows the links he has to the case he is investigating.

Detective Ryan hasn't only changed his name or buried his secret. He also can't remember much about that night and was never able to help detectives in the previous case to come up with much to solve it. The investigation becomes a test for him as he tries to recall the past.

This book is interesting on so many levels. The progression to investigate the current case is intriguing on its own but there are so many complex layers and dynamics with the insight into Ryan's life as well as his relationship with his partner.

Highly recommend! I'm going to be looking for #2 very soon!

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