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Book Review: Tana French In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1)




Rating
4 out of 5 stars 
Country
Ireland 
Writers
Tana French 
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Sub Genre
Police Procedural 
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Plot Summary
In The Woods is the first novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series by author Tana French.  Dublin detectives Roy Ryan and Cassie Maddox are called in to investigate when a twelve year old girl is found murdered on an archaeological site before a new motorway is built over it.  The case is personal for Ryan because in the same woods twenty years earlier he was the only child to be found after three children disappeared.  Keeping his past a secret from everyone except his partner he has a chance to solve not just the current case but uncover the truth about his past as well.



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My Review
This was a gripping read, despite being on the longer end of the scale.  It has a rather disturbing crime that focuses not just on the personal aspects but also on the political.  It looks at the Irish boom and bust and how it has affected everyone in the area and also at the corruption in the Irish economy using the motorway to highlight this, which becomes one strand of the investigation.

But it is also quite psychological too.  The book also looks at the family of the murdered girl and their relationships with each other.  I did guess who the killer was really. although not until someway into it, the clues are there.  

What you really read this for though is the relationships between the characters, particularly the two main ones who sometimes seem to be more than just partners and the effect the case has on them.  The case haunts both Ryan and Cassie in different ways stirring up past memories for both of them testing their relationship to the limit.  Ryan, of course, has a more direct relationship with the case he being a child who lived in the area twenty years earlier was found after three children disappeared with blood soaked trainers and in terror gripping a tree.

It was quite a chilling and haunting read with some wonderful writing, particularly in the first few chapters.

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Broken Harbour
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 The Secret Place
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