I recently listened to the audiobook version of Irish author Tana French’s debut mystery, In The Woods. French thrusts the reader into a dual storyline – one past and one present – both inextricably linked by one man, Inspector Rob Ryan of the Dublin Murder Squad. Twenty years before, Rob and his two young school chums made headlines when all three disappeared and Rob was later found alone exiting the woods without any recollection of what had happened to his friends – the case has remained unsolved.
In the current case, Rob and his partner Cassie Maddox are assigned to a case involving the murder of a young ballet dancer, Katy Develin - a crime that was committed in the exact same spot as Detective Ryan’s incident twenty years prior (he changed his name from Adam Ryan due to the publicity of his case). Katy’s family begins to exhibit odd and baffling behavior and it peaks the interest of the detectives. Ryan and Maddox realize that someone close to the victim may be involved – but which family member knows more about Katy’s murder than they are admitting?
I am a big fan of mysteries and the ending of In The Woods was a shocker- I highly recommend it.