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In the Woods: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tana French

Narrated By: Steven Crossley

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2007

Duration: 20 hours 30 minutes


The debut novel of an astonishing voice in psychological suspense

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children 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 twelve-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. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Rosana V.

    Probably the most senseless book I've ever heard. Wasted 20 hours of nothing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jill W

    Wish there were more! Loved all books in series. Excellent narrator!!

  • Butch Brodie

    I found this a pretty riveting mystery - heady but not a high action piece. Maybe that is what some reviewers miss? I listened over the course of a couple of weeks during runs and a book has to hold together to work in that context. Very importantly, the narrator is excellent He strikes the right balance of acting the book out without going so far as to take over.

  • Susie Pryor

    Tana French is a great storyteller. I found the book riveting. The author doesn't create fall into the trap of predictability (even when you actually wish she would!)

  • Wanda Musgrove

    This could have been a great book, but instead it was extremely disappointing.

  • Holli Fotch

    Gosh this book was so boring. It's 20 hours and barely anything happens during the first 10 hours. I'm so disappointed I used a credit on this book because I heard it was an exciting mystery book. One big mystery went unsolved in this book which is frustrating and the other just dragged on so much. The narrator also talks a little quickly and it made it hard to pay attention to him since I was just bored listen anyways. I would skip this one.

  • Eric Blevins

    Overall, I really liked it BUT.......we never find out what happened to the kid strapped to the tree!! I needed more of the relationship between the two detectives. There was no closure.

  • lauri Preston

    tana french does a superb job of developing her characters, brilliantly making them so human as to render me frustrated and annoyed at rob's ridiculous decision-making. other reviewers have written about their dissatisfaction with the ending. i think the ending merely highlights the genius that is ms french. she writes truth in the fiction, and it's so believable, we're as upset by unacceptable outcomes as we would be with the kinds of crazy heard on the news. i loved it, even though i had no resolution or relief from the ending, the narrator was a wee bit too expressive, making most of the characters' dialogue sound rather excitable, with nowhere to go. if he'd tone down the phrasing, it would be nice.

  • KB

    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!

  • KC

    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.

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