Brown Bag Book Group To Discuss 'In The Woods' February 19

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Brown Bag Book Group's February 19 discussion will be on Tana French's bestselling debut novel, "In the Woods" (2007). French is an American who has lived in Ireland, where the story takes place, for nearly thirty years.

This novel, first in a series featuring the Dublin Murder Squad, has sold more than one million copies and has won several awards. French is an actress and began writing this novel during the long lulls between castings.

The story has its genesis in the summer of 1984 when three twelve-year-old children fail to return home for tea after playing in a wooded area bordering the small Dublin suburb of Knocknaree. A police search is successful in finding only one of the children, Adam Ryan, catatonic, scraped and bruised, his shoes filled with blood. The other children, Jamie and Peter, are never found, and Adam has no memory of what happened to him or his friends.

Twenty-two years later Adam, now known to nearly everyone as Rob Ryan, is a police detective assigned to the Dublin Murder Squad. Ryan's amnesia holds to the present day; he's a man tormented by a secret he can't recall. His partner on the squad, detective Cassie Maddox, is the only member of the force aware of his past. The two are tasked to investigate the rape and murder of twelve-year-old Katy Devlin, whose body is found draped on a sacrificial alter at an archeological dig located on the edge of the same woods where Ryan's friends disappeared. As the case progresses it begins to look more and more similar to Rob Ryan's previous ordeal.

The Brown Bag Book Group is sponsored by Friends of the Library as part of its mission to foster a love of reading in the community. Choices for each month are listed on the library's website, and copies of each book are available in the library to be checked out prior to the discussion.

The group's discussions are held on the third Wednesday of each month at noon in the Big Spring Room at the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library. Members of the public are invited to attend, participate and bring lunch if they wish. The Big Spring Room is located downstairs in the library. Patrons may enter from the rear of the building.

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