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El silencio del bosque (Dublin Murder Squad #1)

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Más allá de la urbanización está el bosque. Ese bosque oscuro y silencioso en el que los niños escapan para perseguir fantasmas, miedos y leyendas. Son sólo juegos. Hasta que no vuelven. La tarde del 14 de agosto de 1.984, tres niños de doce años, Jamie Rowan, Peter Savage y Adam Ryan, se adentraron en el bosque de Knocknaree, en las afueras de Dublín, nunca más salieron d ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 2009 by Circulo de Lectores (first published May 17th 2007)
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Matt
Dec 30, 2008 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing... really truly 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
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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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Justin
Aug 19, 2015 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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Matt
Feb 05, 2017 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
Lyn
Feb 25, 2016 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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J.D.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
"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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Kemper
Dec 13, 2014 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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Orient
3,5🌟


A cover for Lithuanian edition. Creepy, IKR! 😱

I must thank two of my GR friends, Ginger and Michael, for turning my attention to this peculiar book! Thanks, guys 😉💜


Interesting plot with mysteries and stuff.

The story started off very well, with funny bits, conversations and I was hooked in from the very beginning. The first person narrative really helped and I liked following Rob Ryan in his investigation, he made me a partner and I love it in my detective reads. The grim and real police work
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Samadrita
Jul 15, 2013 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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Raeleen Lemay
Jan 14, 2016 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!
Dan Schwent
Sep 03, 2014 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 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
Carol.
Dec 30, 2011 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
Tatiana
Aug 10, 2009 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 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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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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Christine
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
Now this is my kind of book. This is the best book I have read in a very long time! In the Woods has been languishing on my list forever, probably because it has mixed reviews. I am thankful I finally gave it a shot.

Tana French writes beautifully, but in a way that does not hinder the flow of the story. The protagonist, young Irish cop Rob Ryan, tells the story in retrospect. This is done subtly with real-time Rob interjecting only sporadically until the end when he directly delivers the epilog
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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 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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Diane
Aug 15, 2007 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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Loren
Jul 13, 2008 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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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I.... have no fucking clue how I felt about this book. Because, hey, beginning? Awesome. Ending? Trash heap that ruined the book for me.

Let’s talk.

The first half of this book was - honestly - excellent. You can read a tjousand reviews talking about it, so I’ll keep it short. The writing is honestly stunning, much better - in my opinion - than Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins’ styles. I had no clue where the mystery was going. And the lead characters, Rob Ryan and his partner / best friend Cassie
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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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“I had learned early to assume something dark and lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by planting it there myself.” 305 likes
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