Monday, October 21, 2013

Child's Play

In 1984, three twelve year old children are playing in the woods.  Hours later, two of the children are missing, and the third is clinging to a tree, unable to speak, with his shoes full of someone else's blood.  The missing children are never seen again, while the survivor is unable to help with the investigation, because his brain won't let him recall what happened.

Twenty years later, a twelve year girl's body is found in a clearing of those same woods.  She has obviously been murdered.  The lead detectives on the case, Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, begin to interview the people who found the body, the people who live in the area, and the girl's family.  However, Ryan and Maddox have a secret.  They both know that Ryan is the child who survived in 1984, and that if anyone else finds out, they will be off the case.  Because of his personal connection, Ryan doesn't think that anyone else could investigate this murder as well as he could.  Really, what are the odds of three twelve year old children being killed in the same woods in a small town outside of Dublin?  The cases must be related.

And that's just about all that I want to tell you about In The Woods by Tana French. The first half of the book is a mystery, as the detectives try to figure out "who done it", and then the story focuses more on police procedure and interviews with suspects.  I liked the first half better than the second.  Everything else that I want to say about this book will be a Spoiler, so check out my Spoilers Page, if you are interested, and don't mind finding out what happened.

That's one more down for the Off the Shelf Challenge!

Next Up On CD:  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Still Reading:  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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