Number of Pages: 429
Publication Date: May 17, 2007
Rating: out of 5
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Honesty, Relationships
Three children go into the woods. One comes back.
Twenty years later, Rob Ryan, the surviving boy is a detective and has kept his past a secret. However, when a young girl is found dead in those same Irish woods, Ryan revisits his past and tries to make sense of the present. Could the disappearance from years ago relate to this case? Could he get the answers he’s longed to know all these years?
Toward the beginning of this read, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Though the disappearance of the children was definitely something that sparked my interest, Ryan’s voice at first was of little interest to me. However, as time went on, I became used to his tone and began to enjoy the read a bit more.
Ryan, as a character, was made to be a broken and lost one. He went through something so traumatic, losing his best friends and never knowing what happened to them as a child. This would lead anyone to feel lonely and unsure. This also leads to unstable relationships. His detective partner, Cassie, is someone who is so understanding and one of my favorite characters here. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn’t truly see the benefits of what he has in their friendship.
In general, some characters are interesting and add a lot to the story while others not so much. But it isn’t the characters that has brought the rating of this book or even the writing; it is the plot itself.
The plot left several unanswered questions and has plot holes by the end of the read. I can understand that sometimes not all questions can be answered, but in a fictional work like this, it would have been nice to be given more than what the reader is given. The reader is left not knowing a lot and is left guessing. What’s troubling too is the subsequent books in this series doesn’t seem to really refer back to this one.
With considering the amount of plot holes and some frustrating moments, I rate this as an average book and do not plan on continuing the series.