Friday Book Share @ShelleyWilson72 – In The Woods by @TanaFrench

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love to read and I am never without a book. Recently, I discovered a cool weekly meme thanks to Cathy Ryan at Between the Lines a blog I’ve started following. She did a post about Friday Book Share, an idea started by Shelley Wilson.

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

early morning beach scene with sun breaking through the clouds over oceanAnyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72) 

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.


I just finished reading IN THE WOODS by Tana French.

First Line of Book:

Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small-town 1950s.

(I should probably mention this is from the prologue, and the book is not set in the 1950s. I’m going to cheat and give you the first line of chapter one as well which is):

What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

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, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Detective Rob Ryan—Conflicted, brilliant, liar

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

green branches on white background

Audience appeal. Who would enjoy reading this book?

Anyone who enjoys mysteries, murder mysteries, crime fiction and./or psychological thrillers. This one has it all.

Your favorite line/scene.

Honestly, the writing in this is off the charts, so it’s hard to pick something, but this scene stands out for me:

There is something oddly comforting in the memory, even though it carries its own inexorable undercurrent of grief. I suppose that day was, though it still comes hard to acknowledge this, the pinnacle of my career. 

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Why not plan on joining in the Friday Book Share next week, What are you reading?

25 thoughts on “Friday Book Share @ShelleyWilson72 – In The Woods by @TanaFrench

    • LOL! I know, Julie. It’s crazy isn’t it? I’ve started keeping a list on my phone of those books I really need to read. So many of my friends have releases out I’m still catching up on. This one happened to be a book from the library sale I visited. It was calling to me 🙂


  1. Oooh, this sounds majorly creepy! I don’t usually read books that imperil (or flat out injure) children, as they are so painful for me, but this sounds really, really good. I especially like that you enjoyed Tana French’s writing style. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I know. I’m freaky about that subject matter too (and some others) but the author handled things well, and I love mysteries. Plus her style of writing is so impressive. I was immediately sucked into the tale. Thanks for visiting my blog, Marcia. Great to see you here!


    • Isn’t that cover great, Sherry? And I had no idea there were so many Friday memes out there. I checked yours out and that’s a fun one too. It’s like I’ve stumbled into a whole new meme world, LOL!


    • It is a great way to find new reads, isn’t it? I don’t know that I’ll be reading a different book each Friday but I think I’ll do this whenever I am. Heck, I might even do it with books that I’ve read that I really enjoyed. It’s fun blog material. Thanks for stopping by, Stanalei! 🙂


  2. Shelley had an awesome idea, didn’t she. Love reading Rosie’s Friday Book Share, too. In The Woods sounds excellent. Love the cover, the scene, and your three words. Intriguing! I’m reading Face of a Killer by Robin Burcell. I bought it and had it autographed at WPA and dug right in on the plane ride home.

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