I am of the mind that there is an unspoken contract between a writer and a reader that the first chapter sets up. I expect the first chapter to set the tone, conflict, and motivation for the hero. In this novel the hero does NOT achieve a single goal set out for him by choice. He's a failure who falls flat on his face and even though the introductory chapters had me hooked, not only does the story not deliver what is promised, but by the end of the book I despised the main character for his weakness and inability to change.
The author never offers explanation for the very reason why I read this book in the first place - to find out what happened to the MC and his two friends who disappeared one summer night in the woods when they were twelve. As if these were not disappointing enough (having an MC who does not change after more than 20 hours of reading and never discovering the truth about one of the central mysteries of the novel), the central murder mystery of the novel is also a disappointment! The murder case drags on and on in seemingly real time, not fast-paced murder mystery novel time, and lacks a single interesting or unseen twist or turn in the plot. I wanted to like this book, but the bottom line is that the author does not deliver. Where are the red herrings? Why have pages and pages of description that never pan out to hold significance? Why set us up to like the MC only to make him out to be the most bland and cowardly character in the book? Why have an MC who does nothing to change his situation? SPOILER ALERT: The hero of this book does not get the girl, does not solve the mystery of his childhood, does not unlock his repressed childhood memories, does not get the promotion, and does not change his life for the better. Spare yourself the disappointment.
The narrator for this book, Steven Crossley, was fine and did a great job. I would certainly consider other books narrated by him.
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
Steven Crossley was the only highlight of this audible book.
Not a chance, the summary was misleading, the main character was about as exciting as oatmeal
Mark, at least he cursed with some sort of conviction. O' Kelly was not that bad, and I could always tell when a woman was speaking. The performance was the best part.
The narrator was excellent. I will look for more Steven Crossley readings
The summary of this book is misleading, be ready for a truly boring detective story, at 3 different times I actually stopped listening and purchased other Audible tittles. I expected so much more from the summary.
Most books are predictable but this one was not. Great ending
Yes he does. He does this by leading you on but not quite giving you all the answers until the end
I always say that there very few actual bad books, just books with different styles, the ones you would need the right mind and mood to read them. So I will not say this book is downright bad. But I definitely wasn't with the right mind to read it. My final impression after I spent the 14 hours or so to complete it, is that Tana French built a story of mystery and intrigue that you care about, characters that you relate with and a pinpoint narrative that sticks you to the earphones, so she can make it look like a carefully crafted building that you admire, then she sticks dynamite on it and blow it up sky high.
The central core of the story is as cliche as it can be, but even for that, she does not deliver a satisfying ending. All the mysteries she creates, sometimes even hinting to the supernatural, is only to deviate your attention from the obvious conclusions. And. I feel obliged to tell you that. the main mystery of the book, the one that in certain moments puts you the edge of seat, goes out UNSOLVED. The author makes a point until the very last minute (I'm not exaggerating on this) to tease you that now, at long last, she you reveal the secret behind Ryan's past, but no. She does not.
I could go on on other things she makes you care about, just to destroy them at your face, but that is unnecessary.
What looks like in the end is that the biggest villain in the book, is Tana French herself.
It keeps the listener interested but later, the main character frustrates you! I am impatient about stupidity. It was necessary for the story but frustrates just the same.
The actual country side of a country I have never visited.
No. You need breaks.
Good story with double mystery
I enjoy a good mystery. This fit the bill
I could not even finish this book, because I could not listen to the narrator's horrible, too-many-cigarettes voice another second. I totally wasted a credit on this.
What would have made it 4 starts? A narrator with a voice that I could tolerate.
Don't know -- couldn't finish due to the narrator.
Horrible voice, pauses where he is clearly trying to swallow, but his mouth is so dry he can't.
Waste of money/credit.
Good character development of main characters and well read
Changed the ending
Okay spoiler alert!but the book never resolves or gives answer to the original premise which is what caught my attention in the first place. You finish never knowing the answer to the whole mystery that starts the book.
A love story gone wrong and a mystery to solve, an older mystery that never gets solved
Capturing the perp
I have subsequently listened to all of the series. TF does a great job making you want to punch the "protagonist" in the throat.