In the Woods: Week 2 Ch 7-12

Book Club: In the Woods by Tana French – Week 2

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Welcome to Week 2: March 10-16 Ch 7-12

How’s it going so far?

If you’re here, you have read Ch 7-12 of In the Woods, or are currently reading it!

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Rebecca and Allison


91 thoughts on “In the Woods: Week 2 Ch 7-12

  1. Okay, sooo…

    I *think* I’ve figured out who Katy’s killer is, and the motive, but if French is any good I should be wrong. We’ll see.

    I’m still not sure I know who killed/abducted Adam’s friends, but maybe…


  2. I said in week one that I was afraid that this was turning into some version of The Village (the M. Night Shymalan movie), and I’m beginning to think that this may be somewhat correct. The end of chapter 12 brings up the smell of goats (“like a zoo”) and the gashes on the back of Adam’s shirt. As for the romance between him and Cassie – I dont’ think it’s going to happen. They may end up getting together for a night or something, but not anything beyond that.

    The one thing that bugs me about the book, though, is that it’s not strung together very well. I forgot who was who in terms of Anthrax/Metallica, etc. and she makes vague references to the people working on the dig but they haven’t been involved for several chapters. By the time they come back (if they do), I’m afraid I won’t even know who they are or why they are important.

    As a sidenote, why does the “large, earnest girl” have to be an American? And I loved the Britney/Justin reference, but not the comment that Britney is for cheap tastes. And I also enjoyed Cassie’s speeches about about the human body and money being its own ideology – being a low paid worker is morally unacceptable, but asking for a raise is being insensitive to your boss’s profit margins (or being overweight is morally unacceptable). Especially the quote that says, “it’s not that you do the right thing and hope it pays off; the morally right thing is by definition the thing that gives the biggest payoff.”
    But those are topics that could take up an entire post on their own!


  3. Okay….I missed you’re post on week one. I’m so far behind cause my Library had to order the book. So…I’m not reading anyone’s posts. I’ll catch up in a few days….but so far I love it!!!!!!!!! Her descriptions, mood and word choice are amazing!


  4. Well now things are getting interesting. I’m glad Adam’s memories are coming back. The scene with Jamie’s mom was very sad. I’m still curious about the link between the “old” and “new” cases. Katy’s dad is a common thread but since we’re only halfway through the book, I’m betting the link is not as direct as it currently appears.

    Allison, I agree with your comment, “I forgot who was who in terms of Anthrax/Metallica, etc. and she makes vague references to the people working on the dig but they haven’t been involved for several chapters. By the time they come back (if they do), I’m afraid I won’t even know who they are or why they are important.” I had the same problem, which made it harder to follow that crucial scene with Sandra.

    And what’s up with Rosalind?


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  6. I’m enjoying the book but frustrated with how slowly it is developing. I am still interested but feel like it should have moved along further by now! Rosalind is definitely odd.
    Thanks to Heather for explaining the names!


  7. The first thing I noticed was when Rob was talking about Willy Little and how Peter was a leader and had stopped them from picking on him. Then in another chapter Rob’s Mom brings up Willy Little and says that Rob himself had stopped it. What’s up with that?


  8. As I was looking at some of the other things I noticed, I realized that they may tie together. First, Rob thought he saw something shoot out of Cassies’s fireplace, “some small, black, clawed thing – baby bird maybe, fallen down the chimney?” But no one else saw it. Then he saw something crossing the road when he was driving with Cassie as the passenger and he had to “hit the brakes hard…Something had darted across the road in front of the car – something dark and low to the ground, with the sinuous gait of a weasel or stoat, but much too big for either” But Cassie didn’t see a thing. He also remembers going down the stairs of his house without touching them, really, and then finding a secret garden with Peter and Jamie that no one else ever found. All of this was starting to make me think he was going crazy, and then when he started literally losing it before and during the trial he had to go to, I started thinking, yep, he’s becoming schizophrenic. BUT then at the end of chapter 12, Cassie reports Sandra saying she heard a sound in the woods back in 1984 “like an enormous bird flapping its wings” and that “she was positive it was a voiced sound, a call” and that there was “a strong animal smell – like goats or something, or what you get at the zoo” which made Rob think of the rips across the back of his T-shirt. WHAT?!?! Some of you have mentioned that you hoped this story wasn’t going to end up being supernatural. I hope not either!


  9. I’ve read through chapter 14 and it’s starting to pick up the pace, maybe. I have been waiting a long time for this story to get going. there has been a lot of buildup. I really hope Ms. French has something more in store than what my theories are because even though I try desperately to try and figure out what’s going to happen, I want to be wrong and I want the author to surprise me and take me in a direction I never thought of.

    I wonder too about the Devlin ladies, the mom, Rosalind and Jessica, and whether as Rob suggested in the story whether Jessica knows more about Katy’s death because of her twin intuition.

    One of my favorite quotes from this section was “Most people have no reason to know how memory can turn rogue and feral, becoming a force of its own and one to be reckoned with.” While the voice is Rob’s. as a parent, my empathy lies with the parents of the children that were lost and killed. Those what-ifs that haunt the parents and the parental guilt that comes as soon as that baby is placed in your arms for the first time. Feral is such a great way to describe the rabid, destructive path that some memories can take.


  10. I know you all (or most of you) think Adam is a douche 😉 but I came across this quote that shows his softer side. I highlighted it on my Kindle, so I can remember to share it:

    “I wanted, so intensely it toook my breath away, to reach out and lay a hand on her soft dark head, to pull her tightly against me and feel her slight and warm and breathing, as if by protecting her hard enough I could somehow undo time and protect Katy, too”


  11. Hey. So I just finished chapter 12. Still liking the book so far but I agree that it could pick up the pace a bit. Not sure if any of my theories are right yet.. I don’t think the answer will be supernatural though. I think she’s just hinting at it to keep us guessing. Sandra was already terrified and probably in shock that day so I don’t think we can rely on her description of what occurred after the rape. Also, if it happened right after, wouldn’t Adam, Peter and Jamie have heard the noise/ smelled something weird as well? They had just started running away right? I’m not sure how Adam got the scratches on his shirt but for all we know he got caught on a tree branch or something.
    I do think we need to give Adam a bit of a break though. He went through some sort of trauma as a kid and it seems that in a way that inhibited his ability to full grow up. It’s like part of him is still stuck in the wood with Peter and Jamie. His childhood was cut short abruptly which is why I think he makes so many references about Cassie being like a child. He enjoys being around her because of that since he is still like a child himself or at least he wants to imagine himself that way. He is constantly reminiscing about his adventures with Jamie and Peter and can’t seem to let go of the fact that he is not a child anymore. I hope he figures out what happened to them so he can get some closure and finally let himself grow up.
    I also agree it would be weird if Cassie and Adam got together now. I could maybe see one drunken night together that they both joke about being a mistake or something but not more than that… ok back to reading!


  12. I can’t stop thinking about what Rob/Adam said at the end of Chapter 7. “…but some part of me believed, unassailably and wordlessly and perhaps with a fleck of justice, that they (his parents) had sent me away because they were afraid of me.” What do you guys think of that? To me it’s sad either way. If it was true, how horrible it would be for his parents to have reason to be afraid of their own child. If it was not a valid belief on his part and there was no reason for it to actually be true, how horrible for him to think that his parents were afraid of him.


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