Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday LInkups - In the Woods

It's Friday linkup time!  I'm linking up with the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Beginnings of Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, and the Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice

This Week's Book Blogger Hop Question:
Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

My Answer:
I don't read much horror but I love a good suspense book.  When I'm in the mood for a straight up creepy read Shirley Jackson is probably my go-to.  The Haunting of Hill House is so creepy and eerie and all of her short stories are filled with this subtle unease even though I can never put my finger on what's so terrible.  If I'm in the mood for a little lighter romantic suspense I love Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series.  I love how she mixes in a little history with all the ghosts and creepiness.

This week's book In the Woods by Tana French is one I've been wanting to read pretty much since I started blogging.  For some reason Tana French never landed on my radar before then but once she did I heard nothing but raves.  Finally after far too long I'm reading her first book and am loving it!  I'm not finding it to be the fastest paced thriller but the story is all kinds of creepy and definitely pulls me in.

The Beginning:
Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small town 1950s.  This is none of Ireland's subtle seasons mixed for a connoisseur's palate, watercolor nuances within a pinch-sized range of cloud and soft rain; this is summer full-throated and extravagant in a hot pure silkscreen blue.

My Thoughts:
This creates quite the picture of the perfect summer day.  I wonder how much is real and how much is just romanticizing a memory.

The 56:
Nobody remembered the Tracksuit Shadow, either, which reinforced my suspicion that he had been either some perfectly normal guy from the estate out for a walk, or else Damien's imaginary friend.  You get people like this in every investigation, people who end up wasting huge amounts of your time with their compulsion to say whatever they think you want to hear.

My Thoughts:
I can imagine how frustrating this would be for a detective involved in a very intense very high profile murder investigation.

What do you think?  Keep reading?


  1. I have read every books Tana French has out and love her. She is an excellent writer. I'd love to know what you think of Rob, and I love Cassie Maddox. She is the detective focused on In book 2, The Likeness. I hope you read that one, it's fabulous.

  2. I still haven't gotten around to reading any Shirley Jackson. I need to change that ASAP!

  3. I've never read any of Shirley Jackson's books, but they sound interesting!

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  4. I love creepy reads. Enjoy when they slowly build or when its instant action. Either way. I'll probably check this one out now.

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  5. I really need to read Shirley Jackson! Love Heather Graham!

    I am curious about Inthe Woods as I have heard good things about it.

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  6. I haven't read any of Tana French's books, because I knew I needed to read this first one...which is still waiting on Pippa. I got it in 2014, and I'm so haunted by its presence and my laziness. The book has 600+ pages, so I keep waiting for a time when I can just curl up and devote myself to the book.

    I never used to be intimidated by lengthy books...until blogging. The pressure of a reading list stymies my enjoyment of longer books.

    But since you're enjoying it, I might be brave enough to go for it.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “HER LAST GOODBYE”

  7. I've been wanting to try Tana French for a while, ever since I saw a review over at Between My Lines. This one in particular just looks and sounds really good! Plus the cover is just a tad creepy with the bare branches...

  8. As you know, I enjoy Heather Graham's novels. :-) I am more of a thriller/suspense reader than a horror one, although some of the fantasy novels I read may have horror elements in them.

    I hope you love In the Woods as much as I did. I know some people had issues with the ending, but I didn't mind it.

    Have a great weekend, Katherine!

  9. I haven't heard of this author before, so thanks for mentioning the book.

  10. I've been wanting to read this one too and own a copy. I've heard great things about this series.

  11. I have this one on my wish list! :-) Happy weekend!

  12. I don't think I have a favorite Horror/Suspence author. I have read all over the place when it comes to Horror. I have only read two Stephen King's, and if you consider The Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles Horror, only three of hers.💀

    I would say keep reading!📖

  13. Horror and I are not friends. At all.

  14. I very much enjoy French's books. Some I've felt are stronger but all of them are well worth reading. Although they can stand alone, because a few characters carry over from each book, it is helpful to read them in order so I'd start with this one.

  15. I'm not a fan of horror; it's just not my favorite genre, so I don't have a favorite author. I know of horror authors like Stephen King, James Patterson, etc. But no, I do not have a main favorite. 

    My BBH-