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Tana French (born 10 May 1973) is an American-Irish writer and theatrical actress. She is a longtime resident of Dublin, Ireland. Her debut novel In the Woods (2007), a psychological mystery, won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel. The Independent has referred to her as "the First Lady of Irish Crime". Personal life Tana Elizabeth French was born in Burlington, Vermont, to Elena Hvostoff-Lombardi and David French. Her father was an economist who worked on resource management for the developing world, and she lived in numerous countries as a child including Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. French attended Trinity College Dublin, and trained in acting. She settled in Ireland and has lived in Dublin since 1990. French and her husband have two daughters. Works French was enthralled by both acting and writing since her childhood but eventually focused more on acting. She grew up reading mystery and crime novels. She trained as a professional actor at Trinity, and she works in theatre, film, and voiceover. In her later 30s, her passion for writing was rekindled. She began writing her debut novel in the months-long lulls between castings; In the Woods was published in 2007 to international acclaim and received rave reviews from many publications. Publishers Weekly praised French, saying she "expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut" and that "Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma." It received several literary prizes, was a bestseller in hardcover and paperback, and has been termed a 'dream debut'. In 2014, Flavorwire included it in their 50 of the Greatest Debut Novels Since 1950. As of 2015 more than one million copies of In the Woods have been sold. The second novel, The Likeness (2008), presents the story of the first novel's co-lead, Cassie Maddox. It quickly achieved high positions on bestseller lists in various countries and stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for several months. In its reviews of the novel, Kirkus praised its mix of "police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story". In an interview with The Guardian, French stated that Donna Tartt's The Secret History was an influence on The Likeness, opening up the "landscape of friendship as something worthy of exploration and something that could be powerful enough to trigger a murder." The first six novels are part of the Dublin Murder Squad series. This series does not follow one particular detective, such as Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes; each book focuses on a new main character. After publishing The Trespasser in 2016, French published two standalone novels, The Witch Elm and The Searcher, both of which are also set in Ireland. French noted in an interview that The Searcher was intended to be a standalone story, but she felt compelled to revisit the setting with another novel. French's ninth novel, The Hunter, was released in March 2024. The Hunter was published to positive reviews. Bruce Desilva wrote, " And as usual, in a Tana French novel, the characters are well-drawn, the dialogue is superb, the settings are vivid, and the tight prose is often lyrical". A major story element is the strong summer heat, unnatural for Ireland, creating tension and reminding characters of the subtle threat of climate change. In many of French's novels, she explores the idea of class and wealth, inspired by the Celtic Tiger and the subsequent 2008 recession's effect on the Irish economy. Dublin Murder Squad In the Woods. Viking Penguin, 2007. ISBN 978-0-670-03860-2 The Likeness. Viking Penguin 2008. ISBN 978-0143115625 Faithful Place. Viking Penguin, 2010. ISBN 978-0670021871 Broken Harbour. Viking Penguin, 2012. ISBN 978-0-670-02365-3 The Secret Place. Viking Penguin, 2014. ISBN 978-0-670-02632-6 The Trespasser. Viking Penguin, 2016. ISBN 978-1-444-75562-6 Other The Witch Elm. Viking Penguin, 2018. ISBN 978-0-735-22462-9 The Searcher. Viking Penguin, 2020. ISBN 978-0-735-22465-0 The Hunter. Viking Penguin, 2024. ISBN 978-0-241-68426-9 Awards 2007 - Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller for In the Woods 2008 - Winner, Edgar Award for Best First Novel for In the Woods 2008 - Winner, Anthony Award, Best First Novel for In the Woods 2008 - Winner, Macavity Award, Best First Mystery for In the Woods 2008 - Winner, Barry Award for Best First Novel for In the Woods 2010 - Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller for Faithful Place 2012 - Winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller for Broken Harbour 2012 - Winner, Irish Book Award, Irish Crime Fiction Award for Broken Harbour 2012 - Nominee, International Dublin Literary Award for Faithful Place Television In 2015, Euston Films & Veritas acquired TV production rights. Sarah Phelps wrote the screenplay, which she based on both In the Woods and The Likeness, for the eight-episode series of Dublin Murders, commissioned by the BBC for BBC One and Starz, with RTÉ later joining the project. Filming commenced in 2018 in Belfast and Dublin and continued in Dublin to late February 2019. Broadcast began on BBC One on 14 October 2019, on RTÉ One on 16 October 2019, and on Starz on 10 November 2019. References External links Official website Theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection on “Tana French and Irish Crime Fiction” (vol. 32, no. 1, 2014) Interview with Tana French in Shots Ezine July 2012 Be It Ever So Awful, No Place Like..., Janet Maslin, The New York Times, 11 July 2010. Discover the Tana French popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Tana French books.

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  • The Sanctuary synopsis, comments

    The Sanctuary

    Katrine Engberg

    From internationally bestselling author Katrine Engberg, the series that is a “gripping addition to the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon” (Oprah Daily) comes to a stunning concl...

  • The Witch Elm synopsis, comments

    The Witch Elm

    Tana French

    A New York Times bestseller and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature“Tan...

  • Watching You synopsis, comments

    Watching You

    Lisa Jewell

    “Quickly and assuredly, Jewell builds an ecosystem of countervailing suspicions…Tricky, clever, unexpected.” New York Times Book Review“Brace yourself as Jewell stacks up the secre...

  • Faithful Place synopsis, comments

    Faithful Place

    Tana French

    From Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Hunter, “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post), the New York Times bestselle...

  • Invisible Girl synopsis, comments

    Invisible Girl

    Lisa Jewell

    AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I absolutely loved Invisible GirlLisa Jewell has a way of combining furiously twisty, utterly gripping plots with wonderfully rich characteriza...

  • Queenpin synopsis, comments


    Megan Abbott

    Rereleased to coincide with Abbott’s newest novel, Dare Me, this eBook edition of Queenpin also includes the original short story, "Policy," that the novel was based on.A young wom...

  • The Searcher synopsis, comments

    The Searcher

    Tana French

    Best Book of 2020New York Times |NPR | New York Post"This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet . . . Its own kind of masterpiece." Maureen C...

  • The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels synopsis, comments

    The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels

    Janice Hallett

    INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER“[An] ingenious jigsaw puzzle of a book...highly entertaining.” The New York Times“The queen of found footage thrillers.” Julia Bartz, New York Times bestse...

  • One of Us synopsis, comments

    One of Us

    Tawni O'Dell

    Check out Tawni O’Dell’s upcoming thriller, Angels Burning, available January 2016 from Gallery Books.“A fearless exploration of the line between mental illness and true evil, a pl...

  • The Hunter synopsis, comments

    The Hunter

    Tana French

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Searcher and “one of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox), a spellbinding new novel set in the Irish countryside...

  • The Night Ship synopsis, comments

    The Night Ship

    Jess Kidd

    Based on a true story, an epic historical novel from the awardwinning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Wes...

  • My Darling Girl synopsis, comments

    My Darling Girl

    Jennifer McMahon

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Children on the Hill, a psychological thriller “that delivers both chilling scares and genuine emotion” (Chandler Baker, New York ...

  • The Family Plot synopsis, comments

    The Family Plot

    Megan Collins

    A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF AUGUST SELECTED BY POPSUGAR E! NEWS LIFESAVVY CRIMEREADS AND MORE!“Exceedingly entertaining.” The New York Times “Umbrella Academy meets Tan...

  • Silent Scream synopsis, comments

    Silent Scream

    Lynda La Plante

    Film star Amanda Delany has the world at her feet. Never one for the quiet life, she has had a string of affairs with the hottest actors around. Then, coming home late from a night...

  • The Current synopsis, comments

    The Current

    Tim Johnston

    "A firstrate thriller . . . Past and present merge in The Current, Tim Johnston's atmospheric, exquisitely suspenseful novel of two murders separated by ten years."  The Washi...

  • What She Left Behind synopsis, comments

    What She Left Behind

    Tracy Bilen

    In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive fatherwhen her mother mysteriously disappears.Sara and her mom have a plan to finall...

  • The Wolf and the Watchman synopsis, comments

    The Wolf and the Watchman

    Niklas Natt och Dag

    “The Alienist set in eighteenthcentury Stockholm: Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthrallingand the best historical thriller I’ve read in twenty years.” A.J. Finn, #1 bestselling autho...

  • A History of Wild Places synopsis, comments

    A History of Wild Places

    Shea Ernshaw

    In this “riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author), three residents of a secluded, seemingly peac...

  • The Family Remains synopsis, comments

    The Family Remains

    Lisa Jewell

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Other authors are at a ten out of ten, for me, and Lisa is a solid hundred.” Gillian McAllister, The Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of W...

  • Magpie synopsis, comments


    Elizabeth Day

    For fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish comes a twisty psychological suspense novel about motherhood, obsession, and just how far some will go for the perfect family. “Great, plain and s...

  • The Harbor synopsis, comments

    The Harbor

    Katrine Engberg

    This “mustread for fans of Nordic noir” (BookPage, starred review) follows detectives Korner and Werner as they search for a missing teenager and uncover the web of lies that has t...

  • The Family Upstairs synopsis, comments

    The Family Upstairs

    Lisa Jewell

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domesti...

  • The Butcher synopsis, comments

    The Butcher

    Jennifer Hillier

    In this “skillfully penned tale of murder and coverup that will keep readers enthralled until the powerful finish” (Fresh Fiction), family secrets and a serial killer from the past...

  • Unraveling Oliver synopsis, comments

    Unraveling Oliver

    Liz Nugent

    “Searing, searching, finally scorching. Think Making a Murderer via Patricia Highsmith: an elegant kaleidoscope novel that refines and combines multiple perspectives until its subj...

  • The Singing Bone synopsis, comments

    The Singing Bone

    Beth Hahn

    A convicted killer’s imminent parole forces a woman to confront the nightmarish past she’s spent twenty years escaping.I found you. That’s what Mr. Wyck told her: I found...

  • The Mothers synopsis, comments

    The Mothers

    Sarah J. Naughton

    FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR'Dazzlingly inventive'Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month'A meticulously plotted exploration of friendship, foeship and the lies that bind, ...

  • Good Girl, Bad Girl synopsis, comments

    Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Michael Robotham

    From the internationally bestselling author who Stephen King calls “an absolute master,” a “gripping and eerie” (Karin Slaughter) thriller about a dangerous young woman with the ab...

  • The Secret Place synopsis, comments

    The Secret Place

    Tana French

    “An absolutely mesmerizing read. . . . Tana French is simply this: a truly great writer.” Gillian Flynn Read the New York Times bestseller by Tana French, author of the forthcoming...

  • The Trespasser synopsis, comments

    The Trespasser

    Tana French

    The New York Times bestselling novel by Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Hunter, is “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and...

  • The Children on the Hill synopsis, comments

    The Children on the Hill

    Jennifer McMahon

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genredefying novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, that brilliantly explores the eerie...

  • A Death at the Party synopsis, comments

    A Death at the Party

    Amy Stuart

    In this tense, spellbinding thriller set over the course of a single day, a woman prepares for a party that goes dreadfully wrongfor fans of Ashley Audrain and Lisa Jewell.Nadine W...

  • Girl in Ice synopsis, comments

    Girl in Ice

    Erica Ferencik

    New York Times Editors’ Choice Los Angeles Times Best Crime Novels of Winter 2022 Reader’s Digest Best Fiction Books of 2022 From the author of The River at Night and Into the Ju...

  • Broken Harbor synopsis, comments

    Broken Harbor

    Tana French

    From Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Hunter, a New York Times bestselling novel that “proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers aliv...

  • Die a Little synopsis, comments

    Die a Little

    Megan Abbott

    By the author of Dare Me and The End of EverythingFemmes fatales. Obsessive love. Double crosses. How does a respectable young woman fall into Los Angeles’s hardboiled underworld?S...

  • No Strangers Here synopsis, comments

    No Strangers Here

    Carlene O'Connor

    Readers of Tana French, Lucy Foley, and Dervla McTiernan will be spellbound by the USA Today bestselling author’s unsettling, atmospheric suspense novel set in Ireland’s rugged cou...

  • In the Woods synopsis, comments

    In the Woods

    Tana French

    The debut novel of an astonishing voice in psychological suspenseAs dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on t...

  • Angels Burning synopsis, comments

    Angels Burning

    Tawni O'Dell

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads, “a noholdsbarred, pageturning, perfectly crafted thriller” (Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence) following ...

  • The Dark Lake synopsis, comments

    The Dark Lake

    Sarah Bailey

    A tightknit community is shocked by revelations from decades past in this "enthralling" (Associated Press) literary mystery that "will keep you racing toward the end" (Lisa Gardner...

  • None of This Is True synopsis, comments

    None of This Is True

    Lisa Jewell

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell retu...

  • Northwoods synopsis, comments


    Amy Pease

    In this “compelling and heartbreaking debut that marks a new and important voice in the mystery genre” (William Kent Krueger), a murder with ties to America’s opioid epidemic revea...

  • Storm Child synopsis, comments

    Storm Child

    Michael Robotham

    Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in Robotham’s latest psychological thriller, which finally unlocks the secrets of Evie’s past and reaffirms why Stephen King has proclaimed this ...

  • The Night She Disappeared synopsis, comments

    The Night She Disappeared

    Lisa Jewell

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes “her best thriller yet” (Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author) about a young couple’s disappeara...

  • The Likeness synopsis, comments

    The Likeness

    Tana French

    New York Times bestselling author Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Hunter, is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Wash...

  • The Devil Crept In synopsis, comments

    The Devil Crept In

    Ania Ahlborn

    An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlbornhailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling...

  • Lying Beside You synopsis, comments

    Lying Beside You

    Michael Robotham

    Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in this “expertly paced and psychologically acute” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) thriller from Michael Robotham that’s “one of his best, suspe...

  • Trust No One synopsis, comments

    Trust No One

    Paul Cleave

    In this “outstanding psychological thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) by the Edgarnominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate betwee...

  • The Girls in the Garden synopsis, comments

    The Girls in the Garden

    Lisa Jewell

    “A pageturner for readers who like beach reads on the dark side” (People), this unputdownable domestic thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone a...

  • Wonderland synopsis, comments


    Jennifer Hillier

    “Top of the line thriller writing…You better call in sick, because you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading it. Oh, and you might want to lock the door, too. Just to be s...

  • Thicker Than Water synopsis, comments

    Thicker Than Water

    Megan Collins

    In this “twisty, propulsive thriller” (Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author) from Megan Collins, two sistersinlaw are at painful odds when the man who connects themthe...