53 pages 1 hour read

Tana French

In the Woods

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2007

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Chapters 4-7Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 4 Summary

The detectives question the head of the ballet school where Katy studied. Simone Cameron tells them that Katy was both talented and dedicated to dance—serieuse. When she was accepted at the Royal Ballet School, a fundraiser was held to cover her school fees. Katy became a local celebrity in Knocknaree. Simone says she would have entered the academy a year earlier if not for recurring attacks of gastritis. After leaving Simone, the detectives speculate about sexual abuse or Munchausen by proxy in the Devlin household.

Rob and Cassie return to police headquarters, which is situated on the grounds of Dublin Castle. Their boss, O’Kelly, is waiting impatiently for a progress report. They summarize everything they’ve learned. They intend to pursue four lines of inquiry: a member of the family, a cult sacrifice, a pedophile sex crime, and retaliation against Move the Motorway.

They ask for additional manpower to cover all the possibilities and request Sam O’Neill. Even though Sam is considered a rookie, O’Kelly grudgingly agrees because Sam is related to local politicians and businessmen. He has connections that can be mined.

At the end of the day, Rob takes a moment to savor the details of his life as a detective.