Published by Harper Perennial in June 2011, «In the Woods» follows detective Rob Ryan as he and his partner attempt to solve the murder of a child in a Dublin suburb. However, Ryan’s own past becomes a major complication as the murder location is near the woods where Ryan’s two childhood friends went missing (with Ryan being the only survivor). As Ryan delves deeper into the investigation, he is forced to confront his own demons from the past, causing his mental stability to slowly crumble.
One of the standout elements of this book is French’s vivid and intricate descriptions. From the cozy yet haunting suburban setting to the dark and dense woods, French’s writing transports readers to the heart of the mystery. Her characterizations are just as strong, with each character possessing a unique voice and backstory.
«In the Woods» is a page-turning read, with enough twists and turns to leave readers guessing until the very end. However, it’s not just about the whodunit aspect – «In the Woods» is also a powerful exploration of trauma and how it can affect a person’s mind and behavior.
Overall, «In the Woods» is a must-read for fans of the mystery genre. With a strong plot, complex characters, and evocative writing, it’s sure to keep readers enthralled from start to finish.
1. What is «Girlfriend in a Coma» about?
It’s a novel about a group of friends who wake up one day to find one of their girlfriends has been in a coma for 17 years.
2. Who is the author of «Girlfriend in a Coma?»
Douglas Coupland is the author.
3. What is the genre of the novel?
It’s a work of fiction categorized as a dark comedy.
4. How is the story told in the novel?
It’s told in third-person limited omniscient, following multiple characters’ perspectives.
5. What is the significance of the title «Girlfriend in a Coma?»
The title refers to the character Karen, who is in a coma for 17 years.
6. What themes are explored in the novel?
Themes explored include family, friendship, mortality, and mass extinction.
7. Is the novel set in a specific time period?
Yes, it begins in 1979 and spans through to the present day.
8. What is the significance of the character Jared’s obsession with the apocalypse?
Jared’s obsession with the apocalypse is symbolic of the characters’ anxieties about the future and their own mortality.
9. What does the novel suggest about the nature of time and personal choice?
The novel suggests that time is both mutable and inevitable, and that personal choice is limited by the context in which it is made.
10. What is the resolution of the novel?
The novel ends on an ambiguous note, leaving the fate of the characters and the world uncertain.