When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods one day with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.
©2007 Tana French (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing
"I could not put it down"
This was a refreshing book - seemingly ordinary and yet very intricate. The relationships are very believable and when it was finished I missed the characters. I also played in the woods when I was a child and it took me back there. I have just ordered another Tana French book to read on holiday.
My review of this novel might be unfair, but the truth is that I was unable to get past more than a few chapters because the narrator made what had been a wonderfully gentle pace of plot in 'Broken Harbour' (different narrator), deadly dull. I found myself listening out for the next cliche while wishing I didn't have to listen to the dialogue between the main character and his new work partner.
Such a shame because I adored 'Broken Harbour' which was one of the best reads I've had. Not sure that I can risk my credits on giving Tana French another chance.
"A good listen."
I really enjoy Tana Woods books. Well written, good developed characters and a 'must finish' feel about them. My only gripe is that I always feel the story is never quite finished - unanswered questions too.
"great start, disappointing ending"
I started off really enjoying this book, but thought the ending was poor- the story and suspense is built up so much, I was expecting a lot more. However, the characters are well voiced and the story is easy to follow.
I read this book as a result of reading Tana's other works and I was not disappointed. Each character is very well realised and the scenes vividly drawn. The clever tactic of introducing a character from one of the other books works as it doesn't detract from the current book, is not necessary to 'get' the story and yet add to the actions of the characters. Having heard all of the Audible versions so far I am looking forward to the next one.
"could have been a five star"
I like a good read and felt that Tana French may just deliver the right blend of intrigue and interest I enjoy. initially the setting was interesting
and her writing style fresh, but About a third of the way through I was a little puzzled about where this story was taking me: was it a murder mystery or an angst ridden story?..... it didn't seem to gel in places. Then at times I thought we may be getting somewhere but the most interesting characters were not fully formed and what I thought were clues to the plot really fizzled out disappointingly. however I won't give up because it feels as if this is a writer with much better to come.
This was one of the best choices I have made on Audible. Brilliantly written, excellent characters and dialogues. It was a joy to listen to, kept me on edge the whole time.
My only problem was with the narrator who was a bit annoying. I have never heard anyone speak like this. Not even the Queen pronounces individual words so carefully within a sentence, it just doesn't sound authentic. The accents are great though. When he switches to one the character suddenly comes alive and it doesn't sound like a narrator reading from a book anymore.
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