By Shruti Nayal
Enthralling…beautifully written…an exquisite debut of Tana French. This book got an Edgar-Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel. This book is unputdownable. The book sustains a high level of relentless tension throughout about the murder mysteries. In The Woods is well written with an interesting and unusual setting in Dublin, Ireland. The novel contains two parallel mysteries. The first involves the main character and narrator, Rob Ryan, a detective in the Irish police force. He went into the woods one day many years ago with two childhood friends. The two friends disappeared and are missing since then. This traumatic experience haunts Ryan into adulthood and taints his relationships and friendships. The second mystery emerges in the present day when a girl is murdered and her body dumped on an archaeological dig site in Ryan's hometown on the edge of the woods in which his friends disappeared.. He forces his mind to give up the memories of what happened in that same wood several years ago. Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox relatively inexperienced and eager for their first big case decides to work to solve the murder mystery. The most breaktakingly brilliant and close-to-perfect thriller. Tana French is a very descriptive writer with a lot of talent for painting a picture. There are layers within layers and stories within stories in this book, massive action styles that make the book an exciting read. The suspense is unpredictable throughout. The psychological depth and observational detail of French's writing bring the story vividly to life. Touches of humor keep the darkness at bay. There are so many characters in the story but all are well developed in accordance with the story. In the Woods is a mystery masterpiece that delivers so much on so many levels to its readers. It's hard to believe that it's a debut novel. An assured cracking debut novel.