There’s something in the woods

There are a few scenes in the book that suggest that something out of the ordinary is at work in the woods surrounding Knocknaree.

Specifically, I’m thinking of the scene on p. 187 when Rob slams on the brakes of the car and tells Cassie he’s seen an animal of some kind cross the road, on p. 217 when the old woman that Rob and Cassie interview tells them that her mother always believed the “pooka” took the two children from the woods twenty years ago, and p. 282 when Rob experiences strange things spending the night in the woods alone.

To my mind, Tana French suggests the supernatural, but could these things just be figments of Rob Ryan’s imagination? What do you think?


One response to “There’s something in the woods

  1. youngheartsparkfire

    I found those sections that detailed the supernatural both really interesting and unnerving, and I was kinda disappointed when nothing about it was really tied up at the end.

    If you can still recall, even when they talked to Sandra and Jonathan there was a mention of a strange, unnatural presence scaring them during/right after Sandra’s rape.

    Also at the end of the book, when Rob goes to see what’s become of the archaeological site, a guy passes him a fragment of arrowhead that had a pattern of “a man, no more than a stick figure, with the wide, pronged antlers of a stag”.

    Is it just me, or do all these creepy things have a tinge of Lovecraftian horror to them?

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