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In the Woods | by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French
(Penguin, 2008, 468 pages)

In the Woods was the winner of the  Edgar Award for Best First Novel.  It is the first of three books written by Tana French set in the Dublin police force.  This first is about detectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox and involves two mysteries, a missing person’s case from Rob’s past and a current murder of a 12 year old girl in the same neighborhood.  When Rob (then Adam) was 12, he and two friends go out to the woods to play but only Rob is found and he has no memory of what happened to his friends.  Now a detective, he is called to a case where a 12 year old girl is found dead in the same woods.  As Rob and Cassie go about trying to solve the current case Rob has to delve into his past for a possible connection.  Not only a murder mystery, In the Woods also explores Rob and Cassie’s relationship and how Rob’s past effects his present.

French has great pacing and the novel moves along at a satisfying clip.  At first I was disappointed in the ending but overall it is a great read and I would recommend it to someone looking for a good mystery.

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