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In the Woods
In the Woods | Tana French
Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves. Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club. Simply enter the coupon code FRENCHWOODS at checkout. This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase. 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.
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CSeydel
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Enjoyed The Trespasser so much that I decided to read more Dublin Murder Squad #serieslove

Forgot to take a photo, but my lovely husband brought me a fresh strawberry pie for Mothers Day, which we all enjoyed after dinner. Now I‘m stretched out on the bed with my murder mystery #HyggeHourReadalong #HyggeHour

TheBookHippie Yummmm -strawberry pie!!! 1mo
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staci.reads
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I enjoyed this one, and although I found it compulsively readable, I also found it predictable. The author telegraphed the "bad guy" and made it obvious from the first time we meet them, even if it's not clear exactly how they are involved. Also, I found the ending really unsatisfying for reasons I can't share without giving spoilers. A soft pick.

CatMS Tana French is a favorite of mine, I love the Dublin Murder Squad books, especially The Trespasser. Wasn't crazy about The Likeness which seems to be a favorite of many of her fans. 1mo
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elkeOriginal
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Wow. Read this on recommendation of a friend who said bk 2 after this in the series changed her life. I loved this. So atmospheric & riveting. With an unreliable narrator—that snuck up on me! She delves into detectives‘ psyches/history as much as the suspects while investigating current crime possibly connected to a historical case. The characters feel REAL. French‘s writing shows where others just tell.
I am SO part of the #TanaFrench cult now.

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dabbe
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#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

June: IN THE WOODS by Tana French. I had never heard of this author, but my retired English teachers' book club picked it for June, and boy, it did not disappoint! I'd like to read the others, too, but I have to stop joining so many other buddy reads because I can only read so much in a day! What a wonderful problem to have, huh? 🤩😂🤩

Andrew65 A popular series and book. 6mo
AnnR I totally get what you mean. There are so many fun buddy reads and challenges but only so much reading time. This year to keep my reading sanity intact I'm only participating in #noplacelikeholmes plus some #hashtagbrigade and #literarycrew offerings. I wasn't enjoying my reading as much as I'd hoped to sometimes last year and I think it was just due to the fact I'd overbooked my reading plans. 6mo
Centique I love Into The Woods so much! 6mo
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dabbe @AnnR Same here! I need to cull down just like you did. Glad you're reading Sherlock, though! 🤩 6mo
dabbe @Centique Are the others as good? 🤩 6mo
dabbe @Andrew65 🤩🤗😃 6mo
AnnR @dabbe The Sherlock read was really perfect timing. I had recently bought the Sherlock series and audiobook with the intention of reading some in 2024. Then the buddy read post popped up a few months later. 🙂 6mo
Andrew65 @AnnR This can be a very real issue and impact on enjoyment of reading. 6mo
Centique @dabbe i think ive read 3 now and they were nearly as good - but i hear there are even better ones further on in the series 😍 6mo
dabbe @Centique 🤩😍🤗 6mo
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ravenlee
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Panpan

It‘s not a bad book. It‘s a bad fit for me. I don‘t often like mysteries, so it was already a bad start. It was fine until all the narrative winks and nudges started, which threw me and then irritated me. I had most of the twists pegged early, then couldn‘t figure why it was supposed to be surprising. I really disliked the (lack of) resolution to both stories and it frustrated me greatly. Sorry, French fans, but I just didn‘t like it.

ravenlee Best thing was crossing off #setinDublin for #52Books23 which leaves me with just one more, #byacomedian (I have one ready, just need to get time to read it) (edited) 8mo
kricheal I had the same exact feelings with this one. 8mo
Texreader I bailed. It just never ever ever took off for me 8mo
ravenlee @kricheal @Texreader I‘m glad it‘s not just me! I see so much love for this series, and I just couldn‘t get into it. 8mo
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ravenlee
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I think this could be said of many places, except maybe for the Thatcher bit.

Diving into this one, finally, seeing as I‘ve had it from the library for almost a month.

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dabbe
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I don't know why I'm surprised by enjoying French's book the most for the first half of the year, but I am. Seeing that it was published way back in 2007, I'm rather late to the show. #betterlatethannever 🤩

Amiable I adore Tana French —her books are so good. 12mo
dabbe @Amiable Me, too! It was beautifully written, something I don't find that often in a detective story. 🤩 12mo
JamieArc Her books have been on my TBR forever. Perhaps it‘s time to finally read one! 12mo
JamieArc (I think part of it is that I really want to like them and am scared to find out I don‘t). So - glad to see you liked it that much! 12mo
dabbe @JamieArc I know that exact feeling! That's why a lot of my books on the shelves just stare at me! 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
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dabbe
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Read this for my book club. One of the best books I've read to show a police procedural for a local murder in the woods of a small town in Ireland. Also one of the best books I've read to show an unreliable narrator. He tells us right at the beginning: “I crave truth. And I lie.“ And finally ... one of the best books I've read with a duo investigative team. French exhibits beautiful prose within a horrific murder case. I'll have to read more!

Bookwormjillk This is a great series for summer reading 12mo
jlhammar Really enjoyed this series! I think Broken Harbor and The Trespasser were my favorites with Faithful Place a close third. They actually did a pretty good job with the adaptation (Dublin Murders). There's only one season (so far anyhow) and it covers the first two books. 12mo
Ruthiella If you like her writing, you will likely enjoy the series. But be forewarned, there‘s almost no continuity with the detectives. 12mo
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dabbe @Ruthiella I noticed that when I looked them up. It's frustrating that all of the crimes weren't nicely sewn up, and I wanted to read more about Rob, but I don't see any other book about him. The next one's about Cassie, though, so I look forward to reading that. Thanks for letting me know! 🤗 12mo
dabbe @jlhammar Good to know! I just might have to look at the series on TV, too. 🤗 12mo
Tkimsal I loved this book, too. I am a tough sell on books of this type, but French got it so right. 12mo
dabbe @Tkimsal I think so, too! And the description of the forest were incredibly moving--not something I would ever expect in a detective novel. 12mo
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kera_11
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If you‘re going to mention TWO mysteries on the back blurb, you better solve both!!!
Honestly MC sucks, I know he went through something as a kid (that we don‘t know bc they won‘t solve that mystery!!) but that does not explain him treating his female partner the way he does or being dog walked by a 17 yr old psychopath. Seek help dude. Also officially done reading books where girls are the victims to drive the plot. BYE.

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BookishBelle
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Here are some options for #LMPBC #GroupH. Y‘all let me know what you think! @robinb @Laughterhp @BookwormAHN @suvata

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Laughterhp My top choices would be Deception Most Deadly or the Cloisters. I‘ve read all the others. But would be okay rereading Still Life if necessary 😊 1y
robinb I‘ve read Still Life as well but am open for whatever the consensus is.👍 1y
BookwormAHN I've read Still Life and The Cloisters but would be okay with a reread as well or another pick. They all sound good. 1y
BookishBelle Okay. Let‘s do Deception Most Deadly, if that‘s okay with everyone? @robinb @Laughterhp @BookwormAHN 1y
Laughterhp Sounds good! I‘ve never read a historical set in Florida! 1y
BookwormAHN I've never read historical set in Florida either, looking forward to it 😺 1y
robinb Sounds great to me! 1y
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#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65 This is a very long book and a bit of a slog, but I still really liked it. If you want to put in the time, I think it‘s well worth reading.

TheSpineView Great start to the New Year! 1y
Andrew65 Well done, that is a big and long read. 1y
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LitStephanie
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Best book I have read all year. Haunting mystery about detectives investigating the murder of a young girl, which may or may not be related to the disappearance of two children in the same area 20 years ago. This novel is elevated from genre fiction by fresh, arresting imagery and descriptions and depth of the characters. It follows the development, and later gut wrenching dissolution, of the friendship between detectives Rob and Cassie. ⬇️

LitStephanie Truly deep friendships are so precious, and you find yourself desperately hoping they will reconcile even as it becomes increasingly clear that Rob is kind of an emotionally stunted asshole who probably doesn't deserve to have a best friend. I also like how the book shows the gamut of emotions and personal interactions as the law enforcement team works the case. I think this one will leave me thinking a long time. 1y
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deeannloso
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“In 1984, in a small Dublin suburb, 3 children do not return home. Police arrive and find only one of the children, unable to recall anything. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. A 12 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 Rob Ryan‘s.”

JackOBotts I really enjoyed this series! Hope you do, too! 1y
deeannloso @JackOBotts It was recommended to me in a group on Facebook. I hope I like it too. 😊 1y
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LitStephanie
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This author has such a way with words. I love the description of a little kid who has an adult face as "bansai adult" with a voice like a heavy smoker. So funny! Loving the descriptive language in this book.

SamAnne Loved this one too. 1y
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LitStephanie
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I can't remember if we are supposed to post when we receive our package, but I got mine on the 13th and can't wait to open it!!! #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon @julieclair

julieclair Yay! Only a few more days until we get to open our packages! Hope you enjoy!! 😃 2y
LitStephanie @julieclair thanks! I look forward to seeing everyone's posts when we open. 2y
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daena
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Another semester in the books. Time for some much needed self care 🖤

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cewilf
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Next up! My #doublespin for this month.

aa_guer2021 Been forever! But still kinda creepy and very memorable! I 💙 her stuff!! 2y
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Anna40
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Definitely a page turner. French is a good writer. I didn‘t care much for the friendship story between the detectives. Disappointing ending: I didn‘t guess who did it, but was expecting that the cold case would be solved too.

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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 183.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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jmtrivera
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Pickpick

This was a hard story for me to get through, as it hits every button in terms of things I have a hard time reading about. I probably wouldn't have made it through at all if French hadn't set up such an intriguing story. It's complex, wrapped w/secrets & misunderstandings and of course amnesia. I struggled w/the pacing a few times, Ryan is an immature (& icky) jerk, and I did want a SLIGHTLY neater ending. For the most part though, interesting.

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Coleen
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I liked this a lot….until the end. It left me wanting more. This was my first read by Tana French, and I have to say I‘m now definitely going to be sucked into the Dublin Murder Squad series. As far as contemporary fiction crime writers go, I feel like French is probably one of the better ones out there. Good plot, but also good character development.

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Kimberlone
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#FallTreasures #Day22 #FallEquinox

I‘ve still not yet read this one, but I‘ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I‘m just not a big thriller reader, so books like this take awhile for me to get to. I thought the cover gives off fall vibes, though.

Eggs Definitely a slow burn but good 3y
Texreader I bailed on this one. I see @Eggs comment and agree with the “slow burn.” I guess I never got to the good part. 😬 3y
FlowerFairy Just completed the second book last night. Such a wonderful series! 3y
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Mogoeg
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I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read this one yet! I liked it a lot & it kept me guessing most of the way through. French is a beautiful writer, & her descriptions of childhood are evocative, but I agree with the reviews that note she could use a more ruthless editor - it does drag a bit in the middle.

On reflection, I think I enjoyed The Likeness more, even though it‘s wildly implausible, but then I‘m a sucker for anything in the dark academia genre!

Susanita The Likeness is my favorite. 3y
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all_4_kb
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First book from this author. Anyone read?! Looks good! ☺️

aperfectmjk I'm sad to report I had a very hard time with this one. I could not get into it. It was a slow burn for me. I know a lot of others loved it though. 3y
all_4_kb Ok…..the prologue had me checked out lol but the story has even decent so far but I was just pages in before I fell asleep. Will see how I feel later on. Appreciate all feedback!! 😘 3y
all_4_kb I couldn‘t stay focused on the story. I think it could potentially get better but it wasn‘t grabbing me like I need to be grabbed, so I might (or might not) come back to this in the future. 3y
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stepharoo
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After giving up on two books in a row, I'm now nicely settling into this, my third Tana French read.

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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

In between a pick and so so mainly because it was so long winded and I just wanted the plot to move along!

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paulareadsallthetime
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ A child disappears and her body is found. The hunt is on for her killer. One of the investigators has his own secret...

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Ozbradster
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love it but found it a little long in the tooth. Found myself skimming forward over descriptions of how the main character was feeling to the conversations to push the plot along. I would recommend it though to anyone who likes police procedurals. The interviews were very well done.

Jas16 Sorry you didn‘t love it! I do think the books in the series get better but I loved this one so you might not want to listen to me. 3y
Ozbradster I‘ll give the next one a go. 😀 3y
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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

#unpopular opinion. Way too wordy and I predicted almost everything. I wouldve bailed but everyone said it was a great book. To be honest, the beginning story of the missing kids was more interesting than the murder that was the plot.

GloVerdino Same! I did not like this but kept reading because other people love it 3y
rather_be_reading @GloVerdino sounds like we shudve went with our own instincts 3y
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rather_be_reading
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Kindle died so I got the paperback out. Fitting in some time while dinner cooks.

susurran I'm glad I'm not the only one who occasionally has both Kindle and print copies of books. I love reading a heavy, beautifully-printed hardback, or cracking the spine of a chonky airport-carousel paperback, but when I can't get enough light on the page or I really want to blast through a book with continuous scrolling turned on it's Kindle All the Way. 3y
rather_be_reading @susurran agreed to everything u said!! 3y
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rather_be_reading
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Hubby watches bball; I read. Win Win.

Graywacke (More like a slaughter...on that tv...well for us KU fans 🙂😕) 3y
Leftcoastzen Are you rooting for the University of Spoiled Children? 3y
canbku Really rough game. Not our year. Loved that book, though. It's the only Tana French I've read so far 3y
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rather_be_reading @Graywacke haha it sure was! 3y
rather_be_reading @Leftcoastzen lmao! yes my husband likes them 3y
rather_be_reading @canbku so good so far! 3y
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rather_be_reading
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Book 47

Jennifer3 Loved that one! 3y
Cathythoughts This is a good one ❤️👍🏻 3y
CharismaRaven13 I read it a while ago and I just couldn‘t get into it. 3y
rather_be_reading @CharismaRaven13 it is a bit wordy 3y
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Eggs
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TheKidUpstairs 💚☘💚🍀💚☘💚🍀💚☘💚🍀 3y
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GatheringBooks
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#LitsySpringBreak Day 17: Naturally, I had to read a book from #Ireland while I was in #Ireland (Dublin, specifically) back in 2018. Wrote about it here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2019/01/22/photo-journal-84/

TheKidUpstairs 💚🍀💚☘💚🍀💚☘ 3y
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Wildly_Bookish
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Finally finished In The Woods, by Tana French after a week. (And I usually finish a book in a day or two)

⭐⭐⭐

For me, this book lost a star because it seemed to go on much longer than necessary and I was left with questions. Plus another because I'm a sucker for a happy ending and this didn't give me even a smidgen of that. But the writing was beautiful and I was intrigued enough to finish it.

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Wildly_Bookish
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Reading this for my #IRL #bookclub #everythingbutselfhelp before our meeting next week! I had no idea it was a series.

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DyAnne
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“. . . I described my classmates as “a herd of mouth-breathing fucktard yokels who wade around in a miasma of cliché so thick you can practically smell the bacon and cabbage and cow shite and altar candles.” Even assuming I was having a bad day, I think this shows a certain lack of respect for cultural differences.”
This is my first Tana French. So far, so good!

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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💜✨💕📚

Tanisha_A Love that 3y
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autumn135
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Pickpick

Loved it!

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Tana French is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style. I feel like I‘m in the book! If you haven‘t, check her out. ☺️❤️📚

Jennifer3 I love her work too! 3y
Cathythoughts I love her too. Although she isn‘t everyone‘s cup of tea.. 3y
SomedayAlmost Love her! Audible has done good audiobook versions of her work, too! 3y
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eanderson She is so amazing at getting you into the book! Love her! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Welcome to the fan club! 💙 3y
ErinMiller Recently discovered her and love her as well! 3y
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Currently reading... I‘m loving this book so far. ❤️

SomedayAlmost Classic! So good! 3y
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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

Jan 2021 - watched then read / crime drama. The series The Dublin Murders was very true to the book. Story was grizzly and the characters were flawed. Read well and the opening is just creepy.

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rsteve388
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#FirstLineFridays

"What I warn you to remember is that I am a Detective. Our Relationship with the truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass"

I love thoes two sentences.

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Ozbradster
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A few of my Christmas pressies for 2020. Thanks @Jas16 for In The Woods. U know I love a good mystery!!

Jas16 That is a great haul! I hope you like it but even if you don‘t it will be fun to discuss. 3y
Ozbradster I know! Certainly a variety! Hahaha almost finished Red White and Royal Blue. So good. 3y
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rsteve388
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@AmyG you are a sweetheart! Thank you so much for this copy of Into The Woods. I am looking forward to reading it!

Thank you what a wonderful unexpected surprise for me in my mailbox, this afternoon. #LitsyLove

Bookgoil She‘s so sweet! ❤️ 3y
AmyG You live so close and it took SO long. Merry Christmas!!! 3y
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DarcysMom
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Pickpick
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4y
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DarcysMom
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#audiowalk #hoopla #litsywalkers #dashingdecember #readathon
Best walk ever! I got to pet two dogs and I found $5!
Only one hour left in the book!

@Andrew65

Bookwormjillk Nice! 4y
Andrew65 Well done 🙌 4y
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