'One of the best crime writers working today' Guardian
'The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel' Sunday Independent
Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder Squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam ONeill. But she's too badly shaken to commit
to him, or to her career.
When Sam calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID says she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective.
With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in the dead girl's place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller), The Secret Place and The Trespasser (Crime Fiction Book of the Year, Irish Book Awards).
She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
'Tana French's IN THE WOODS is a terrific debut . . . French's psychological insights into the damaged policeman's torment combine grippingly with the clammy atmosphere that surrounds the lethal woods. As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks.'
Marcel Berlins, The Times on IN THE WOODS
'Lyrical and haunting'
Scotland on Sunday on IN THE WOODS
'A real show-stopper of a thriller . . . Author tightens the tension slowly until squealing point; Ryan's increasingly taut relationship with Maddox is woven cunningly around the crime plot. A splendid, page-turning debut.'
Sheon IN THE WOODS
'A compellingly complex case with nuanced characters and a richly detailed sense of place'
Kirkus Reviewson IN THE WOODS
'French expertly walks the line between police procedurial and psychological thriller in her debut.'
Publishers Weeklyon IN THE WOODS
'A brilliant first novel . . . the reader's attention is slackened and tightened with a masterly hand.'
Literary Reviewon IN THE WOODS
'Beneath the lyrical descriptions of hot summers and happy childhood memories in small town Ireland lies an unsettling psychological thriller... A compelling page-turner of sinuous twists and turns.'
Choice Magazineon IN THE WOODS
'The most breathtakingly brilliant and close-to-perfect thriller I've read for a long time. I stayed up until three in the morning two nights running unable to put it down.'
Sophie Hannah on IN THE WOODS
'A must-read is Irish writer Tana French's IN THE WOODS, a literary, dark and absolutely compelling book set in Dublin where all manner of secrets are unearthed.'
Reviewing the evidenceon IN THE WOODS
'This astonishing first novel weaves a web of intrigue to confound even the most astute: and its denouement, swift, shocking and sublimely executed, will remain with the reader long after the final page has been turned.'
Margaret Carragher Sunday Independent Dublin on IN THE WOODS
'A new light in Irish crime writing'
'Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive
Irish Mail on Sunday