Author(s): Tana French
When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods 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.
A stunningly accomplished psychological mystery which will take you on a thrilling journey through a tangled web of evil and beyond - to the inexplicable.
Winner of Anthony Awards: Best First Novel 2008 and Barry Awards: Best First Novel 2008 and Macavity Awards: Best First Mystery Novel 2008 and IVCA Clarion Book Awards: Best Fiction 2007.
Sharply written and insidiously creepy, this is a mesmerising read that grabs hold of the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go until well past two in the morning. -- The Times This is a wonderfully assured and beautifully written debut novel, a multilayered psychological thriller that digs beneath the surface of ordinary lives and delivers excitement and insight in large helpings. -- Irish Independent Lyrical and haunting -- Scotland on Sunday A splendid, page-turning debut. -- She A rich multi-layered thriller -- Choice An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller. -- Woman and Home
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. In the Woods, her first novel, was published in 2007; it won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.