This was a great story and the narrator was excellent - he really brought the story alive for me. Just a word of warning though the subject matter was a bit dark and could be disturbing because it did relate to children. But it was extremely well written and the writer did give the ending away. Worth the listen for anyone who loves this genre.
I wouldn't. I would heartily recommend they read the book themselves, but I can't really recommend this audiobook. Crossley somehow manages to read every passage of banter between friends, written as a showcase of just how perfect and easy the friendship is, in the manner of a harsh interrogation. In fact, throughout he manages to take French's gorgeous, scintillating prose and somehow turn it into...just words. I bought this audiobook to introduce this wonderful author to my sister on a long road trip we were taking together, and wound up constantly apologizing and saying "it's much better in print, I swear." The sad thing is, my first introduction to this author was hearing her read the prologue to this book on the radio, so I know exactly how good it can sound. The publishers should have simply asked her to read it herself. Skip the audiobook and get this one in print.
Nope. No spoilers.
The writer and the reader came together and pulled me into the story. The story was not always comfortable, and some parts were intense, but I really liked the book. I found myself listening every extra minute in the day. Now, I don’t think the book is for everyone, but I found the steady pace of the story worked for me. Yeah, there was the non-Irish accent thing, but I really enjoyed the reader. The characters came alive for me. I can still remember details and feel the emotions, like remembering a movie with all the sights and sounds. I downloaded all the books from the series as soon as I finished.
I would recommend to friends. My husband recommended this book to me, even though he knows I'm not really into crime/mystery/murder novels. This book is really a unique entity, while it's a crime/murder/mystery/detective novel, it's really more about the character and his past than about the trail to find the killer.
The last chapter or two were very interesting for me. I loved it and hated it at the same time. It was so real and gritty and human. We always want things to end 'happily ever after', and we want to love our main character all the time. The author pushes us to accept that the protagonist isn't someone we'd like all the time, and that things in the real world don't always wrap up nicely or end happily every after. I respect that very much, however it does kind of leave you hanging at the end of the book.
This is one terrific book. Interesting characters, well-read, and sad. The story is remarkably well-plotted and developed, with enough clues along the way you never feel cheated, but enough surprises you are never sure what comes next. But the story is almost incidental. The central character, Rob, is someone you root for even as you watch him make choices you know he will regret. We do not get to see as much of his partner, Cassie, except through his eyes. I am looking forward to the my next book by Ms. French (that is, my next book), in which Cassie is the central character. I can only hope it is half as good as this one is.
Read everything Tara French has written. You will be so glad you did. Her Dublin Murder Squad series is just about as good as it gets.
Worth another listen to pick up the subtleties of how and why.
I enjoyed the relationships between characters and the complexities of Rob Ryan's feelings. I also liked the use of humor and actually found myself laughing out loud at times. It made me want to find a friendship like that between Cassie and Rob.
Crossley's inflection, emphasis, and tone seemed perfect for the character and the personal journey described by the story. Voices of other characters were well defined.
I want to know more about the original crime!
Yes, I would try another book
I like the plot of the narrative and the characters.
Realization of the true psychopathic colors of Rosalind's personality were absolutely shocking and left me in wow...
The plot is very good but the story itself is a bid lengthy... Definitely would recommend reading.
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!