You’ll lose yourself “In the woods”

Irish writer Tana French has, since completing “In the Woods” in 2007, crafted three other books of equal acclaim – “The Likeness,” “Faithful Place” and “Broken Harbor.”

Irish writer Tana French has, since completing “In the Woods” in 2007, crafted three other books of equal acclaim – “The Likeness,” “Faithful Place” and “Broken Harbor.”

In the heart of the small town of Knocknaree, Ireland, three kids venture into the surrounding woods, seeking adventure and solace in a dark place that, to them, is only familiar.

Come tea time, only one child, Adam, returns from the same forsaken woods. He is left stunned and alone, his shoes filled with blood that is not his and his memory bare of any recollection of the events of the past hours and the whereabouts of his friends.

Twenty years later, Adam lives his life void of his past, as one Detective Rob Ryan while working in the homicide department of a Dublin police office.

His life had never revolved around the mystery of his youth, but after a young girl is found dead in the very same woods, Ryan’s resignation towards his past evolves into a dire curiosity and guilty sense of entitlement to the truth.

Written by award-winning author Tana French, “In the Woods” is a book like no other.

A perfect balance of detail and description, action and mystery and Irish jargon, the 429 pages of this book won’t remain untouched for long.

French’s attention to plot and subtleties brings the sort of depth to characters that leaves the reader, upon completion of the novel, wondering why they didn’t put the pieces together sooner.

This book is by no means predictable, but rather fun to predict. The ingenuity of the plot direction makes the reality of this book, although horrifying, starkly relatable.

As stated in a review by USA Today, “‘In the Woods’ is as creepily imaginative as it gets.”

After reading “In the Woods,” the thought of turning through the pages of another book, even with an intriguing plot, had little pull on me. I was left so profoundly pleased and amazed and curious by French’s debut novel, reading anything just didn’t compare.

This book will leave any avid reader severely pleased, it will resurrect an enamorment with reading for anyone who lost sight of the joy of it, and for those who don’t, by any means, enjoy reading, this book will make them think otherwise.

An artful blend of the most elusive, guilty and joyous emotions, each page will bring a new understanding to the heart of the reader.

Even the least curious mind won’t be able to resist the pull of Ryan’s mystery and of the startling congruences that rest at the crux of the two most powerful catastrophes of his life.