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神秘森林 (Dublin Murder Squad #1)

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亞當回神之後的第一眼,注意到的是襪子上有血跡,和腦中記憶的一大段空白!

十二歲的亞當和好友彼得、潔咪一起進入森林玩耍,納克拿里鎮的這個夏天午後,森林裡陽光點點,他們在熟知的林間行走、在樹洞裡玩捉迷藏。但是當晚上孩子們都沒有回家時,他們父母的擔心變成了恐慌。在徹夜搜索之後,警察只找到了驚嚇過度並失去記憶的亞當一個人而已。從此,彼得和潔咪就成了傳說,跑進父母未曾聽聞的深夜故事和惡夢裡……

多年之後,亞當換了名字、學會新的口音,希望埋藏過去的一切展開新生活。始終遠離納克拿里鎮的他,成了都柏林重案組的羅伯警探,和他搭檔的是個性率真的女警探凱西。有天他們接到一件兇殺案的通報,案發地點竟然就在當年那座森林旁的考古遺址裡,十二歲的少女凱薩琳被棄屍在一座石頭祭壇上。羅伯本以為自己可以用警探的專業來調查這樁案件,卻發現所有不經意的線索都和當年的懸案有了神秘的關聯
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by 皇冠文化出版有限公司 (first published May 17th 2007)
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Matt
Dec 30, 2008 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Khanh (the meanie)
Some wounds will never heal, and there will forever be a Rob Ryan-shaped scar in my heart.

Some books are written deliberately to provoke sadness. It's fucking easy to induce someone to tears when the book is about a dying cancer patient with a labrador retriever whose leg has been amputated, with one ear missing. The most effectively emotional books are the ones where you least expect it. The ones that sneak up on you.

There are differing degrees of sadness, the type that makes one curl into a ba
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Nataliya
Jun 11, 2012 Nataliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: Catie
"What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie."


This book is brilliantly cruel - a story of deep and painfully real psychological f*ckery masquerading as a murder mystery. There's nothing "feel good" about it. If you like a book to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end, it's not for you. If you like neat resolutions - it's not for you (and if you already read this book, you know exactly what I'm talking about). If you hate being left with
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Emily May
Jun 23, 2012 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana, Catie, Megan
Though the isbn is the same as the one pictured, my edition of this book has a much creepier cover and tagline:



Needless to say, I was completely expecting something a bit dark and twisted, a creepy psychological murder mystery with an outcome I never would have seen coming. And I got that. But I never expected this book to leave me feeling so... sad. And you know why? Because I cared. Ms French carefully builds up a complex personality for each of her characters, complete with a past, a sense of
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Monique Bos
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Fabian
Dec 29, 2011 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing... really excellent. I took a risk at the UTEP library just picking this out at random... & what true serendipity it was!! This particular week was rife with parties & late nights (daytime reserved for sleep) and all throughout "In the Woods" was a faithful companion... it was a pleasure to get back into it, for it's a dense and meticulous, brilliant piece of literature. It kicks "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"'s ass... people, read this instead!!

You feel so much for t
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karen
it must be really hard to write convincing mystery novels. you can't have your killer be too obvious or no one will bother reading past the third chapter. but you can't have them be too unexpected, without textual support, or you will be accused of cheating. the super-saturation of police procedurals in all their manifestations: literary and film and teevee, sets the genre up for failure - it just adds up to a steaming bowl of repetition and a dessicated medium. there are about five ways a murde ...more
Dera Weaver
Jul 28, 2008 Dera Weaver rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Justin
Aug 19, 2015 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, man, I wanted to rate this book higher than two stars. I almost went with three, but I just can't do it. This book felt like it ran this long, exhausting marathon only to collapse into a heap, huffing and puffing just before it crossed the three-star line. Right now it's laying there lifelessly. It might get up slowly and crawl across that line later, but I doubt it.

The protagonist of this book really, really annoyed me. It felt like a parody of one of those old black-and-white movies
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J.D.
Mar 06, 2009 J.D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lyn
Feb 25, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good.

Tana French’s 2007 introduction to her Dublin Murder Squad series eschews “normal” detective prose for a more literary and artistic approach. Hers is not the terse and journalistic objectivism of hard-boiled literature, nor the overly technical and post-modernistic dialect of more recent crime writing. French’s language is rich and erudite, blending the best of many genre’s into a style that is fresh, unique and intoxicating.

Told from a first person perspective of Dublin homicide
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
"Not any more. In ways too dark and crucial to be called metaphorical, I never left that wood."

I know that I ought to gather my thoughts to organize them or whatever I usually do before writing a review, especially when the last page let me shell-shocked as In the Woods did. But I can't. I'm leaving tomorrow and I'm not one for writing reviews weeks after having read the damn book. I'm actually in awe of people who manage to do just that. I think that it says something about me : in the end,
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Raeleen Lemay
Jan 14, 2016 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5/5*

This took me ages to read, but I loved it! There was one small plot point that annoyed me a bit, but other than that it was perfect. I barely ever read murder mysteries, but after this I definitely want to read more!
Kemper
Dec 13, 2014 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is tricksy.

Rob Ryan is a veteran homicide detective with the Dublin police along with his best friend and partner, Cassie Maddox, and the two start working a case involving a young girl found murdered at the site of an archaeological dig. Sounds like it could be the cold open of an episode of CSI: Ireland, right?

Ah, but that’s only part of the story. Rob is actually from the area where the girl is found, and 22 years before he and two friends went to play in the nearby woods and somet
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Samadrita
Jul 15, 2013 Samadrita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to get their hearts broken but in the best way possible
Recommended to Samadrita by: Jill
It's been a while since I have read a book that has left me so utterly devastated, a book entailing such a profound emotional investment that having finished it I feel a gaping emptiness within, a sense of loss. It feels like my heart has been simultaneously crushed into pulp under the weight of the tragedies that descend on the lives of a handful of characters and blown to smithereens. And I would never be able to pick up the pieces and glue them back together into a throbbing whole again.

I rea
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Dan Schwent
Sep 03, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
When a twelve year old girl is found murdered at an archaeological dig, Detective Ryan and Maddox are on the case. But what does this case have to do with a similar case twenty years earlier, a case that saw an adolescent Ryan as the only survivor?

As a veteran of detective fiction, riddles, and brain teasers, I'm a big fan of mysteries that keep me guessing. In the Woods was one of those sorts of mysteries.

In the Woods is the story of two detectives looking for answers, both on the case they're
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Maxwell
Jul 14, 2016 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, kindle, 2016
A very well-constructed and impressive debut novel. I had a bittersweet moment near the end when I realized that my theory from near the start of the book was correct; happy to be right, but also a bit bummed that I had figured it out. It wasn't much of a twist for me, but I honestly don't know how I solved it so early on. Don't let that keep you from reading this book. There were still quite a few surprising moments that didn't deal directly with the mystery, and those were incredibly satisfyin ...more
Tatiana
Aug 10, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark mysteries
Recommended to Tatiana by: Megan
As seen on The Readventurer

In the Woods reminded me a lot of Gillian Flynn's novels (Sharp Objects and Dark Places). All these books are very dark mysteries/psychological thrillers and they all are as much about particular crimes the narrators investigate as they are about the narrators themselves, a disturbed bunch.

Rob Ryan, a detective on the Dublin Murder squad, and his partner Cassie Maddox are assigned to investigate a murder of a pre-teen girl. The thing is, the girl's body is found in the
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Joe Valdez
Mar 15, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I've heard about readers who become so absorbed in a good book that they stay up late to finish them, or talk to the characters, or turn the pages hoping that something bad doesn't happen to them. I rarely if ever have reading experiences that primal; I'm usually analyzing the character development, narrative, even the margins and the design of the book, all from a safe remove, sort of like a naturalist perched in a camouflaged blind, studying.

In the Woods, Tana French's debut novel which launch
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Carol.
Dec 30, 2011 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries, psychological analysis, lovely word-smithing
Shelves: mystery, male-lead
I started this series out of chronological order, which only increased my appreciation for French. By some odd chance, I happened upon a new copy of her second book, The Likeness, in the library just waiting to be checked out, while In the Woods had a wait list of at least 100 people. I followed with Faithful Place, immersed myself in Ireland of forty years ago and promptly forgot to get on the waiting list for Woods. Nataliya's lovely review reminded me what I was missing (here: http://www.good ...more
Matt
Feb 05, 2017 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
After much waiting and some significant 'biblio' peer pressure, I have finally decided to take the plunge into the world of Tana French and the Dublin Murder Squad. In the summer of 1984, three children went missing in the woods on the outskirts of Dublin. When authorities arrived, they found one boy, Adam 'Rob' Ryan, delirious and unsure what had happened to him. The other two were presumed dead, their bodies never found. Flashing forward two decades, Ryan has recreated himself, using his middl ...more
Catie
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Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie.

4.5 stars

If I ever hear anyone say that murder mysteries are never well-written or literary I will shove this book in their face.
I devoured this rather large gem within a couple days and found myself thinking about it long after I had finished.

I can see how this book will only be enjoyed by a certain type of reader. If you’re annoyed by metaphors, similes and other literary devices or don’t like w
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Loren
Jul 13, 2008 Loren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From ISawLightningFall.blogspot.com

Three-and-a-half stars

Years ago, one of my father’s clients -- a man from the Emerald Isle named Cosgrove -- dropped by our place and, during the evening, got an insatiable hankering for the hard stuff. So my mother (who was essentially a teetotaler) found a bottle of small-batch scotch someone had given her as a gift and poured him four fingers’ worth. My father began to rib him about his prodigious thirst, but Cosgrove looked at him over his highball with dea
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Diane
Aug 15, 2007 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diane by: Samadrita
I swear I don't know where to start with this book. Do I talk about how beautifully it's written? Should I wow you with its compelling story? Do I mention the novel's insights into human nature? Or maybe I should warn that you won't know who to trust?

Of course, I probably don't need to tell you anything. I am years behind in reading Tana French's acclaimed series of the Dublin Murder Squad, so you likely already know that this book draws you in, coiling around your mind until you are thinking of
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Nandakishore Varma
Well, at the beginning I thought this book would be five stars. An intriguing premise: a great opening: beautiful evocative language that you usually don't see in a mystery. The story also had great characterisation and moved at just the right pace.

Then, about 80% into the story at the time of the great revelation, everything went phut! for me.

Adam "Rob" Ryan is part of the Dublin Murder Squad. He is partnered with Cassie Maddox, a resourceful female detective. Rob Ryan harbours a secret: he is
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Marya
Mar 25, 2008 Marya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-mystery
Despite not finishing this book, I could not reconcile what I had read with the blurbs on the back cover. It was almost as though the review authors and I were reading entirely different books.

True, the author is prosaic, but that does not automatically translate into "beautiful and brilliantly evocative prose". I found her prose to be long-winded, and used exclusively for atmospheric descriptions, rather than to further the plot.

Secondly, the blurbs mentioned vivid characters. Indeed, the autho
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Greg
Aug 05, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading through some reviews on for this book. It had been awhile since I read Karen's review of the book, and I had forgotten what she said about it, but I was surprised that this book inspired rage in her. Especially because she forced this book on to me, really. She pretty much shoved this book into my hands when we were at the library telling me to read this.

I might be a bit more forgiving about some of the weaker elements of the book. Normally a book like this I would re
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Delee
I am not sure why it took me so long to read this book. Since first starting IN THE WOODS in March, I picked it up and stopped reading it two or three times, until finally last week I started over from the beginning and finished it in less than a week. I do that a lot, but I am much more aware that I do it now that I am on Goodreads. I always feel like once I have marked a book down as "currently reading" I am doing some disservice by not finishing, or that it tends to make me look flighty. I am ...more
Councillor
It is impossible to even attempt to record the number of crime/mystery/thriller novels out there, and nearly all of them follow a similar pattern - something horrible happens, maybe an assault, maybe a rape, maybe a murder, and relatives/(police) detectives/whoever have to solve the mystery. This procedure has been applied thousands of times, and although exceptions to the usual pattern can, of course, always be found within the genre, they are rarely to be discovered.

But then there are books li
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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.

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Other Books in the Series

Dublin Murder Squad (6 books)
  • The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
  • Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
  • Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)
  • The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
  • The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6)

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