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Book Discussion Group: In the Woods

Find out what the group is currently reading, when the next meeting will take place, and what previous books have been read.

This is a first!

Jennings Library Book Discussion Group is reading its first mystery book!

Perhaps it's only fitting that we should do this in the "mysterious" month of October.

Selection for October 2013


BOOK: In the Woods by Tana French

Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel 





About the Book


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.

"Tana French - In the Woods US." Tana French - In the Woods US. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <>.

What is the Edgar Award

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards® (the "Edgars®") are awarded annually by the Mystery Writers of America to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre.

About the Author


Born in Vermont, Tana French had a peripatetic childhood that took her to Florence and Rome, as well as the African nation of Malawi. A resident of Dublin since 1990, she has a degree in drama and English from Trinity College. Prior to writing In the Woods, she was best known as an actor in a wide variety of theatrical productions in Dublin.

She has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. She is the author of In the Woods (2007), The Likeness (2008) and Faithful Place (2010). Her books have won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Barry and ICVA Clarion awards and have been finalists for LA Times and Strand Magazine awards. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

"Tana French." : Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <>.

"Tana French - About the Author." Tana French - About the Author. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <>.

Read an Interview with the Author

A conversation with Tana French and more...