A Plodding but Satisfying 4 Stars
Three quarters of the way through In the Woods, I thought the book was in the 3-3.5 star range. The story itself moves slowly and the murder investigation at the heart of the story unravels very slowly. Generally, I would be bored and would have moved on but for the fact the characters themselves were very interesting.
Unlike many crime novels that I have read, In the Woods is intensely character driven. The investigation is intensely personal to our MC and the story often switches between the present and the childhood. The result is rich and vivid character and, in my opinion, some of the most well developed characters in any book that I have read.
The story really picks up in the last quarter as the investigation comes together quickly and we treated to interactions with once of the most intriguing "bad guys" I have come across. You will have to read it to find out more. I would also like to say that I figured out who was the ultimate villain early in the story and was satisfied to see that I was right in the end :)
Overall and excellent story with great characters. Very well written. As I listed to the audiobook, I was pleased with the narration. It was top notch and very listenable. I recommend this for crime/police procedural fans.