It’s a slow starting book, but once it got going, I couldn’t put it down (including shouting “Go Steelers” on Sunday night in between sentences because I couldn’t bear to stop reading). I don’t think I’d ever read a police investigation from start (how cases are assigned and teams are put together) to finish (not only finding out the murderer but also the motive), so that was interesting. In this case, there were no obvious suspects or leads for months, even after the detectives worked every angle imaginable. The identity of the murderer and the motive was a good surprise, but as with any good whodunit, it was easy to look back and see how all the signs pointed to the murderer throughout the book after you knew who it was. I especially liked the police interrogation scenes and the strategies the detectives used on suspects. The flirtatious relationship between Rob and Cassie played a big role, but didn’t much interest me—and I didn’t like how their relationship culminated.
I don’t like books that wrap every single loose end up into a bow that’s a happy ending; nor do I like books whose endings are depressing. In the Woods wrapped up some loose ends but left others unraveled—enough for a sequel, I bet.
My rating: Three Meows (one being bad, five being good) for a fun read, and also for learning some Irish jargon (I guess they call every meal tea?)