Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In The Woods, by Tana French
Wonderful, twisted and atmospheric mystery/thriller. This was so good, it made my hair curl. Fantastic use of language, a haunting premise, an unreliable narrator, and a depth to characterizations made this a total winner. Outside of Dublin, a local child's body is found on an ancient altar in part of an archaeological site, and Detectives Rob Ryan and his partner Cassie have to find out who-done-it. Beyond that, though, is Detective Ryan's own complicated and horrific relationship with the town, and the woods themselves, which are soon to be plowed under to make room for a motorway, infuriating archaeologists who haven't had enough time to fully research the ancient site of Knocknaree.
Fantastic, and can't wait to read The Likeness, her next book. Reminded me of Ruth Rendell, that level of fine writing and psychological suspense.