In the Woods

In the Woods

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143113492
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place 

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.

Look for French’s new mystery, The Trespasser, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

In the Woods

In the Woods

Written by: Tana French


Anthony Award – winner
Barry Award – winner
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel – winner
Macavity Award – winner


Winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Barry Awards for Best First Novel, and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize
“Tana French’s intense debut novel, In the Woods, is part whodunit, part psychological thriller, and wholly successful…French’s plot twists and turns will bamboozle even the most astute reader…A well-written, expertly plotted thriller.”
Nancy Pearl, NPR’s Morning Edition
“Readers who like their hard-boiled police procedurals with an international flair will love Irish author Tana French’s debut novel…In the Woods is as creepily imaginative as it gets.”
USA Today
“Tana French promises two whodunits for the price of one in her harrowing first novel. Drawn by the grim nature of her plot and the lyrical ferocity of her writing, even smart people who should know better will be able to lose themselves in these dark woods.”
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“[An] ambitious and extraordinary first novel…rank it high.”
The Washington Post Book World
“[In the Woods] plies dark, shuddery suspense to a breaking point…[a] thoroughly taunting suspense novel.”
New York Daily News