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Tana French Biography & Facts

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 US 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. Novels 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. 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. In June 2023, her publisher announced the release of her ninth novel, The Hunter, in March 2024. Awards 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 Media related to Tana French at Wikimedia Commons 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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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • The Likeness synopsis, comments

    The Likeness

    Tana French

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

  • The Whispers synopsis, comments

    The Whispers

    Heidi Perks

    A woman embarks on a desperate search for her missing best friend and uncovers a twisted web of lies in this “razorsharp and impossible to put down” (Daily Mail, London) thriller f...

  • The Harbor synopsis, comments

    The Harbor

    Katrine Engberg

    “Reading Engberg feels like reading early Jo Nesbo, getting in on the ground of a major crimewriting career.” The New York Times Book ReviewThis third novel in the “thrilling, nerv...

  • None of This Is True synopsis, comments

    None of This Is True

    Lisa Jewell

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillatin...

  • Faithful Place synopsis, comments

    Faithful Place

    Tana French

    From Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher, “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post), the bestseller called...

  • I Call Upon Thee synopsis, comments

    I Call Upon Thee

    Ania Ahlborn

    A terrifying enovella from the bestselling author of The Devil Crept In, Brother, and Within These Walls.Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhoodswimming and sleepovers, movie ...

  • 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...

  • 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 domest...

  • 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 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 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 f...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Last Kiss synopsis, comments

    Last Kiss

    Louise Phillips

    He thought he was in control. But he was wrong. And after the final blows of the knife, she stole his last breath with a kiss...Will criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson uncover t...

  • The River at Night synopsis, comments

    The River at Night

    Erica Ferencik

    A “raw, relentless, and heartpoundingly real” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) thriller set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, The River at Night chart...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Remember Me This Way synopsis, comments

    Remember Me This Way

    Sabine Durrant

    A gripping psychological thriller of secrets and obsession that will keep readers flipping pages to the stunning conclusion from the author whose suspenseful work has been describe...

  • 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...

  • The Trespasser synopsis, comments

    The Trespasser

    Tana French

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

  • Bury Me Deep synopsis, comments

    Bury Me Deep

    Megan Abbott

    Edgar Award–winning author and “reigning crown princess of noir” (Booklist) Megan Abbott reignites in Bury Me Deep the hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex, shifting loyalties, and da...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Broken Harbor synopsis, comments

    Broken Harbor

    Tana French

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Witch Elm synopsis, comments

    The Witch Elm

    Tana French

    Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electri...

  • The Butcher synopsis, comments

    The Butcher

    Jennifer Hillier

    From the acclaimed author of Creep and Freak whom #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver praised as a “topoftheline thriller writer,” a highoctane novel about lethal secrets that ref...

  • 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 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, ...

  • The Drowning Kind synopsis, comments

    The Drowning Kind

    Jennifer McMahon

    A NEW YORK TIMES BEST THRILLER OF 2021In this “blisteringly suspenseful tale that will keep you up at night” (Wendy Webb, author of Daughters of the Lake), a woman returns to the o...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Blind Fury synopsis, comments

    Blind Fury

    Lynda La Plante

    When the body of a young woman is discovered close to a highway service station, Detective Inspector Anna Travis is brought on to the team of investigators by her former lover and ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Memory Wood synopsis, comments

    The Memory Wood

    Sam Lloyd

    THE MUSTREAD RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK. Chilling, moving and unputdownable, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other. 'Beautifully told, with two superbly drawn young pr...

  • 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...

  • 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 Last Crossing synopsis, comments

    The Last Crossing

    Brian McGilloway

    LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021'Poetic, human and gripping... reminded me of Bernard MacLaverty's early work. Yes, it's that good' Ian Rankin'...

  • Gravity synopsis, comments


    Tess Gerritsen

    In this propulsive, “nonstop read” (USA TODAY) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shape of Night, a NASA doctor is in a deadly race against time to destroy a lethal ...

  • 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 Song Is You synopsis, comments

    The Song Is You

    Megan Abbott

    From Edgar® nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes “devotees of Cain and Chandler fall down and beg for mercy” (The Hollywood Reporter), The Song Is You imagines a thrilling co...