In The Woods, Tana French, Viking Press, 2007, 429 pp
Wow! I really liked this book. Two murder mysteries connected because of one man, who is a police detective in Dublin. His incredible partner, Cassie. Excellent writing. Psychological and suspenseful with a true psychopath. What more could you ask for? Plus she has two more books published already: The Likeness and Faithful Place. Here is a female mystery writer who can stand up to Sara Paretsky.
Apparently many readers hated the ending. I admit it was a bit disconcerting but I also understand that it is a set up for the next book. I had more trouble with Detective Rob Ryan, who is a great detective but a fairly shitty man. He makes Benjamin Black's Quirke, in Christine Falls, look like a together guy. Rob Ryan just kept making me furious as he let his past troubles get the best of him over and over. However, his relationship with his partner Cassie was a fascinating study in friendship and parnership, so fascinating that it almost trumped the mystery.
In The Woods is one of the best books I read in August, which was a full month of excellent reading.
(In The Woods is available in paperback on the mystery shelves at Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)