2007 - In the Woods
Boo. This is the first book for this project that has actually felt like a waste of time. The characters are unengaging, the narrator is unreliable (which can be an interesting writing choice, but didn't work for me with this story), and--worst of all--there are two main mysteries in the plot and one of them goes unresolved! That may be how it works in real life, but I want nicely concluded mysteries in my books, please and thank you.
This is the first book in French's Dublin Murder Squad series. Each book in the series is told from the perspective of a different detective on the force. I found that premise intriguing, but it will be hard to get over my disappointment with this initial entry and continue on with the series, unless someone can confirm that the mystery that went unsolved in this book is solved later.
This book is also definitely not for sensitive readers. There is fairly graphic depiction of sexual violence and harm to children.
For other dark, but infinitely more conclusive mystery reads, I recommend:
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
- The Long and Faraway Gone by Louis Berney
Keep turning the page (the next is bound to be better),