In The Woods by Tana French

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, land the first big murder case of their police careers: a 12-year-old girl has been murdered in the woods adjacent to a Dublin suburb. Twenty years before, two children disappeared in the same woods, and Ryan was found clinging to a tree trunk, his sneakers filled with blood, unable to tell police anything about what happened to his friends. Ryan, although scarred by his experience, employs all his skills in the search for the killer and in hopes that the investigation will also reveal what happened to his childhood friends. In the Woods is a superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland. The characters of Ryan and Maddox, as well as a handful of others, are vividly developed in this intelligent and beautifully written first novel, and author French relentlessly builds the psychological pressure on Ryan as the investigation lurches onward under the glare of the tabloid media. Equally striking is the picture of contemporary Ireland, booming economically and fixated on the shabbiest aspects of American popular culture. An outstanding debut and a series to watch for procedural fans. Thomas Gaughan
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Review –
Everthing I’ve read about this book seemed very favorable and  that’s why I chose to read it, but I’m was thrilled with it.
 
The premise of the book is great and I thought what could be more interestering than a new murder investigation being tied to an old unsolved investigation but, by midway through ,I found it laborious to turn the pages.  Reading each word was a chore, so much so that I laid it to the side for weeks ,but knew in the long run I’d have to finish it ,so I did.
 
If I had a rating scale I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars.