As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984,
mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three
children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive,
they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing
blood-filled sneakers, unable to recall a single detail of the previous
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan,
is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when
a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective
Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a
case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only
snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover
both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.
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