Edgar Award Winning author Tana French’s In the Woods
and The Likeness
are smartly-written crime novels with a good dose of psychological thriller mixed in. Both are set in Ireland, where the author took some license with her fiction and created a homicide squad. The first book is told from the perspective of Detective Rob Ryan, a flawed and unreliable narrator who is investigating a case potentially linked to the murders of his childhood friends 20 years prior. The Likeness
is the story of Ryan’s partner from In the Woods, Cassie Maddox, who goes undercover as a murdered graduate student who looked just like her.
French’s stories are suspenseful and gripping, but more than that, her writing is impeccable. Her lyrical use of language would have convinced me to read a book on just about anything! I read these slowly, which is quite a feat for me, but I wanted to savor every word down to the last.
I am looking forward to the release of Tana French’s third book, Faithful Place, which will come out in July.
Tags: crimes against children, detectives, murder investigation, psychological fiction
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