In the Woods UK



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When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods one day with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened.

Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He’s changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl’s body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery.

Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if
his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet and hope that he can also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.

Winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel of 2007

Ambitious and extraordinary’ Washington Post

A terrific debut... As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks.’ The Times

A superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland...  intelligent and beautifully written ... An outstanding debut.’ Booklist (starred review)



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