Sunday, November 25, 2012
Twenty years ago, three preteen children went to out play in the woods near their home and mysteriously disappear. After frantic emergency calls, one child is found left alive with blood in his shoes and no memory of what happened to his friends. Needless to say the event haunts the remaining child yet his mind is sealed against the tragedy. He moves away, changes his name and is forever changed.
Fast forward twenty years and another child is found murdered in the same neighborhood, in the same woods and the main detective on the case, Rob Ryan, just happens to be the child who was found alive clinging to a tree all those years ago. Detective Ryan, along with his partner Cassie Maddox must solve the mystery of the murdered girl. Yet it affects Ryan deeper than he knows, as his mind begins unraveling, as images and memories from his past come flooding back.
In the Woods is a psychological thriller that left me anxious to find out what happened to Detective Ryan 20 years ago. The most recent murder in the book was rather easy for me to figure out and about half way through the book, I told my book club my guess and it happened to be right. Unfortunately In the Woods offers no resolutions to the reader and I was left confused and bothered that I didn't have all the answers. I felt mad and cheated because the book is 429 pages and I wanted a neat ending.