Posts Tagged ‘Tana French’

29th April
2009
written by Steph
Well, I certainly did like it!

Well, I certainly did like it!

Remember a while back when I read In The Woods and really enjoyed it… and then fell into a deep reading funk?  I blame Tana French.  Only in the best possible way of course, but it’s still her fault I haven’t really been able to pick up a book since then.  Certain books are just so engaging and engrossing that when they’re done, you feel bereft and have a hard time switching gears and starting something new.  Plus, when they’re as good as In The Woods, finding another book that will stand up to what you’ve just read is pretty tough. I think part of the reason why I’d been dragging my feet to read a new book is because immediately upon finishing In The Woods, I wanted to start French’s follow-up novel, The Likeness.  And you should all have your ears prick up at this, because you know I tend not to go on author-related reading benders, no matter how much I like said author's body of work.  In this case, I didn’t own The Likeness so I couldn't just dive right back in.  And my local library branch’s copy was out, meaning that after I put a hold on it, I had to wait for it to get transferred in from some other branch.  And then when it showed up, I had already started reading another book that wasn’t working for me at the time (I think because I was mentally holding out for this book), and then I had my top secret reading project that had to have top priority, so The Likeness sat on the floor in our front hallway for almost two weeks before I could give it the time of day.  Let me tell you, the wait may have been long and tortuous, but it was totally worth it because The Likeness absolutely delivers. (more…)
5th April
2009
written by Steph
Not to be confused with the Sondheim musical "Into the Woods"...

Not to be confused with the Sondheim musical "Into the Woods"...

Tony picked this one out for me when we visited Chicago back in May, 2008.  At that time, we had not yet discovered the wonders of McKay’s here in good old Nashville, so I was thrilled to be in a used bookstore that had a great selection of used books, and ones in good condition no less (one of my peeves regarding one of Nashville’s more popular used bookstores is that they price all copies of a given book the same, regardless of the condition said books are in… suffice it to say the price is often much higher than what I think is fair play on used books, but then again, perhaps I’m spoiled as I remember being able to buy used books for like, 25 cents and a dollar when I was a kid).  Anyway, I had heard about In The Woods when Tony handed it to me, and even though it was a hardcover copy, the price was quite reasonable (I think it was $12), so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.  After all, it sounded like exactly the kind of book I would like. The basic premise is that Detective Rob Ryan spent the first 12 years of his life growing up in Knocknaree, Ireland (a small, idyllic town on the outskirts of Dublin) when tragedy struck.  On a quiet summer day in 1984, he and his two best friends enter the woods that skirt the town, only for two of the trio to never be seen ever again.  When Rob (then known as Adam) is found in the woods later that night, he is covered in blood (it is even inside of his shoes) and the back of his shirt has been slashed several times, and he has no memory of what has happened to either himself or his friends.  Flash forward to present day. Rob is now an adult and working on Ireland’s Murder Squad, when he and his partner Cassie Maddox are called to investigate the murder of a young girl found on an archeological dig site in Knocknaree.  As they investigate the case, Rob is forced to face his past, as signs begin to emerge that the present day murder may be linked to the disappearance of his two friends all those years ago. (more…)