In the Woods

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tana French
Narrator: Steven Crossley
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: May 2007
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 20 hours, 30 minutes
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The bestselling debut, with over a million copies sold, that launched Tana French, author of The Witch Elm and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post). 

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

Soon to be a Starz series

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, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

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.

Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.

Reviews (17)


Written by Rosana V. on May 28th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Probably the most senseless book I've ever heard. Wasted 20 hours of nothing.

Written by Jill W on October 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Wish there were more! Loved all books in series. Excellent narrator!!

In the Woods

Written by Butch Brodie on February 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found this a pretty riveting mystery - heady but not a high action piece. Maybe that is what some reviewers miss? I listened over the course of a couple of weeks during runs and a book has to hold together to work in that context. Very importantly, the narrator is excellent He strikes the right balance of acting the book out without going so far as to take over.

Written by Susie Pryor on January 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Tana French is a great storyteller. I found the book riveting. The author doesn't create fall into the trap of predictability (even when you actually wish she would!)

Written by Wanda Musgrove on July 8th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This could have been a great book, but instead it was extremely disappointing.

Written by Holli Fotch on March 25th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Gosh this book was so boring. It's 20 hours and barely anything happens during the first 10 hours. I'm so disappointed I used a credit on this book because I heard it was an exciting mystery book. One big mystery went unsolved in this book which is frustrating and the other just dragged on so much. The narrator also talks a little quickly and it made it hard to pay attention to him since I was just bored listen anyways. I would skip this one.


Written by Eric Blevins on November 20th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Overall, I really liked it BUT.......we never find out what happened to the kid strapped to the tree!! I needed more of the relationship between the two detectives. There was no closure.

Written by lauri Preston on December 19th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

tana french does a superb job of developing her characters, brilliantly making them so human as to render me frustrated and annoyed at rob's ridiculous decision-making. other reviewers have written about their dissatisfaction with the ending. i think the ending merely highlights the genius that is ms french. she writes truth in the fiction, and it's so believable, we're as upset by unacceptable outcomes as we would be with the kinds of crazy heard on the news. i loved it, even though i had no resolution or relief from the ending, the narrator was a wee bit too expressive, making most of the characters' dialogue sound rather excitable, with nowhere to go. if he'd tone down the phrasing, it would be nice.

Good Read!

Written by KB on March 18th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really loved the way Tana French got into the characters' minds and relationships - it was unbelievable and I was enthralled from the beginning. I was disappointed in the ending, however, so only gave it 4 stars. I do recommend this as a good read though!

Good and Bad

Written by KC from Lyons, IL on August 3rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I'm torn. I loved the characters, how they interact with one another, the relationship between the 2 dectectives was interesting to listen to. On the other hand I was disappointed with the ending and kind of felt like it was all a big waste of time. I love mysteries and I usually don't try to figure out who did it...I like to be surprised at the end. This is probably the only mystery I read where I had the murderer pegged almost from the beginning.

Author Details

Author Details

French, Tana

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is a trained actress.