Ok, I like the book and I will read more of Tana French's work. It was very real world, but (not to provide any spoilers) was too much like the real world in the end.
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
The reviews finally convinced me to give this a try. It was more than I expected.
The story takes place in Ireland, but it could have been anywhere. If the narrator had not reminded us, it would have been easy to forget the location. The way people think, react, and interact is universal. I did wonder that the narrator was able to hide his identity from his employer, but I thought perhaps it was easier to get away with that in Ireland.
The story involves several overlapping and interwoven mysteries. Sometimes in audio,this is hard to separate out, but I had no confusion whatsoever.
I loved the ending. It wasn't what I expected at all, and I liked the refreshing turn that it took. It was more realistic than most.
I love good writing and good plot. One of my favorite authors for that is Dennis Lehane. His mysteries set in Boston are gritty, dark, and graphic, yet there is an elegance in his descriptions, and he really can surprise me. Tana French is from the same school of writing. There was nice character development and elegant touches. The plot took some unusual twists, but the outcome wasn't contrived or unnatural at all. Everything was very logical, yet still surprising.
The weak spot was the reader. He had a nice easy-to-understand British accent which he explained early on. But he didn't read women well, especially Cassie, the female "lead." All of her dialogue sounded like an excited 12-year-old. Because of the voice of the reader, I kept thinking the narrator was older than he really was. Whenever they would mention his age, I'd stop and remember that he wasn't as old as he sounded. Had the reader been a bit better, this would have been five-stars across the board.
I have downloaded two more Tana French books and I can't wait! I'm excited to find a talented new author. Thanks, Audible!
First Tana French book for me and really glad I have discovered her. Hope her other books are as absorbing as this one. Hooked from the beginning.
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I liked this book because it was not full of over-the-top gun-fight action that ruins most murder-mysteries for me.
I hate “gotta find the psychopath before he kills again” style police stories that leave a trail of dead bodies in their wake. The plots in those books are usually so crazy-stupid they make me wonder why I bother... perhaps I keep picking them up in the hopes that they turn out to be more like this book! Compared to those, this story is in another league.
It’s a slow police procedural tale that focuses not only on the “who killed the girl” mystery, but also on the lives of the investigating detectives. I’d like to read Book 2 in the series, “The Likeness” to go on with more of their stories; too bad it’s not available in Audible!
I disagree that the ending was unsatisfying, I didn’t feel like there were any lose ends or annoying dangling unanswered questions; the author wrapped it up well enough for me.
The ending was very unsatisfying. I would have liked more closure.
His reading was very authentic and believable. I liked listening to him.
I am still deciding on this.
I found this book very unsatisfying. I particularly felt that the story line was not wrapped up well. In addition, the story was as much a study of the main character as it was a mystery. I didn't like the main character nor did I feel sympathy for him.
The mystery story line was ok but after listening for 3-4 hours I was ready to get on with the story and leave the character study behind. I almost stopped listening several times but wanted to get to the whodunit part. Then even that was a puzzle. I probably will not listen to this author again.
Looking for good murder mysteries that don't consist mostly of cheesy love stories. Example of what I am looking for, J Deaver & JA Jance.
Kept me entertained.
Cassie. She is smart.
Ending was a little predictable, but the rest of the story was pretty good.
Companion to The Likeness (book 2), but not very closely to books 3 and 4.
Not much keeps the reader excited and moving forward.
Great prose and writing but it has no tension.
He is a real pro. Wonderful character voices. If he were not reading this tedious book I would never have continued.
Don't bore me more.
A book that you can't stop thinking about once you've finished. If you liked Gone Girl or The Secret History, this would be a good one to add on to your list.
Not what I expected at all. I enjoyed this story but found it left me wanting more. I guess that is a good thing? I was so frustrated by the ending. I had already bought the 3rd book in a special and now must decide if I want to listen to the 2nd. Feel very mixed about this book and not sure I would recommend it. It is well narrated.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
This is a must-read if you love mystery/psychological thrillers
It’s hard to review this book without revealing any big plot twists. Bottom line though is French knew how to get your mind and heart twisted with emotions along with her characters.
The ending. (last couple of chapters) I can't really explain it though without giving away spoilers.
To quote the main character: "What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie."
A psychological mind-f*** disguised as a murder mystery. If you like books that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end you should not read this book. This isn’t a feel good read.An hour into the audiobook I was hooked. Ryan and Cassie were lovable right from the start. I love their sarcasm and quick wit. This book was so beautifully written, I felt as if I knew the characters personally. Tana French described these characters so deeply and intimately that I easily became emotionally invested in them. This book would not have been as strong as it was without the intense feelings for the characters. It’s hard to review this book without revealing any big plot twists. Bottom line though is French knew how to get your mind and heart twisted with emotions along with her characters. There’s not too much closure at the end but that adds to the creepy and eerie mood of the book. This is a must-read if you love mystery/psychological thrillers. I will definitely be continuing with this series!