All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.

In the Woods

In the Woods - Tana French Considering that this book kept me up until really appallingly late not just once, but two nights in a row, I was massively disappointed by the ending. I don't necessarily require that all plot points be neatly resolved by book's end, but this not only didn't *solve* one of the major mysteries, it just sort of let even its unsolved-ness fall by the wayside, unremarked.

Basic summary: Police detective (Ireland) and his (female) partner catch a case where a 12 year old girl has been murdered and her body left near a patch of woods outside a suburban "estate" (equivalent to an American subdivision.) What the detective's co-workers don't know is that he had lived there as a child, and 20 years before, his two best friends disappeared in the woods; no trace of them was ever found, and he was so traumatized by the experience that he lost nearly every memory from childhood before that day. So the mysteries are multiple - who killed this little girl; is her death connected to the old disappearances; what happened to Jamie and Peter 20 years earlier; and why can't Rob remember?

The best parts: French's prose is sometimes really beautiful and evocative, especially the passages describing those carefree days of childhood, running around outdoors without anyone keeping track of your every move - something I think kids today have very little of. She also has excellent insights into human behavior and the tricky nature of memory - I particularly loved the segment where Rob's mother recounts how kind he'd been as a child, and how he'd convinced his friends to stop picking on another kid who was kind of an outcast - which scenario Rob remembered, but believed it was his best friend rather than himself who was the one who'd been so mature and concerned about the welfare of another child.