Title: In The Woods
Author: Tana French
Published: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 429
Rating: 4/5

In 1984, two kinds go missing in the woods in a small suburb in Ireland and all the police find is their best friend who does not remember anything. Twenty years later, the same boy has become a detective and lands a murder case of a victim found in the same woods...

This was a really compelling story.

I'd heard before I started this that the writing in it was amazing, and I would have to agree; it's very, very good. The characters in this are fascinating and everything that happens is captured so well, it just sucks you in when you're reading it. I think the mystery of this book was fantastic, although I did see some part of the twist coming.

What I loved most though was the friendship between the main character and his partner and seeing how that relationship worked and progressed. The book gets really into the head of the main character, so you can't help but care about what he cares about, and I feel like you're really with him on his ups and downs.

It is a rather long book though and I got slightly impatient somewhere in the middle. The end is also... interesting, because there are two mysteries to be solved in this book, and we only get resolution to one of them, which I thought was a bit disappointing. The book is a first in a series, but as far as I can tell, they don't follow on with this particular character, so we might never know what really happened, which is frustrating if that's the case.

I will definitely keep reading this series though, I really need to get my hands on the next book. It's excellent if you like mystery novels on the slightly long side as much as you like a character study.
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