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Written By: Tana French

Narrated By: Steven Crossley

Date: May 2007

Duration: 20 hours 30 minutes


The bestselling debut, with over a million copies sold, that launched Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post). 

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

Now airing as a Starz series.

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 and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.


  • Rosana V.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Linda H.

    l didn't care for this book

  • Linda M.

    This is often rated to be Tana French's best novel, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best mystery novels that I have ever read/listened to. The plot is interesting, the writing wonderful, the character development excellent. A really great book. The narration was just as good.

  • Anonymous

    Too violent. Discussing details.

  • Carol I.

    What an infuriating whiny obnoxious character. I stopped reading halfway through when I realized he was a foolish self sabotaging idiot who made everyone miserable for no apparent reason. Also the ending was predictable, so much so that when I read spoilers after I stopped reading the only surprise was that the author had expected the ending to be a surprise.

  • Anonymous

    20 hours to tell a not so great story..

  • Shawn P.

    just not following it

  • 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!)

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