I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.
Oh, and I love chocolate.
I really enjoyed this first book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. I thought In the Woods was a compelling mystery. I really liked the characters and thought they were well developed. The primary mystery is centered on a 12-year-old girl who is found murdered. Lately I have avoided books where the plot has a young child as a victim. One of the side effects of being a mom I suppose. I did struggle with certain parts of this book, but overall I was able to make it through without too much difficulty.
While my primary suspicion was correct, I still enjoyed the journey this book took me on. I had some minor issues but nothing worthy of note (especially since it would contain spoilers).
I struggled with the ending. On one had it frustrated the you-know-what out of me. On the other, I respected the author for taking the less popular path.
I've read from others that the second book is much better - I can't wait!