Tana French's flawed characters spring wonderfully to life in Steven Crossley's superb reading of this novel. The book is written in the first person and it's narrator, Rob Ryan, is caught between past trauma and present circumstance. His situation, and the complexity of his feelings, add a richness not often found in procedurals of this sort. Highly recommended.
Fantastic narrator. Could easily listen to him all day. The story was tense and involving, but not too difficult to follow of you have to start and stop a lot. But the protagonist began acting completely out of character about three quarters through the book and negated the entire relationship that supported the story. The man the author had created simply would NOT have acted like that and it made no sense. It was so strange, almost like the author lost her way and just threw in a random idea to hurry up and finish. Ruined what would have been a fantastic book.
Retired, more time for reading and listening.
What happened! So many loose endings makes me frustrated and wondering if is a ploy for a sequel ok but not fair
Its an interesting and appealing move to have the protagonist and presumptive hero ultimately end up being extremely flawed and ultimately unlikeable. The parallel mystery concept is clever; unfortunately though, the author's attempt at fooling the reader with the Big Reveal of the true villain is pretty flimsy, as its already pretty clear from relatively early on. The condescending line of "she fooled you, too" was insulting in that regard and actually made me irrationally angry at the book! Too bad the other mystery doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion, but I figured that must've been intentional to leave a wide path to a sequel.
First, the narrator doesn't use an Irish accent for any of the characters even though this is set in Ireland. Fine, the narrator has an English accent but he gives everyone the same. Second, French spends so much time talking about the first murder, to have that go unresolved is hugely annoying. Third, the main character is incomprehensible. For him to be flawed and start falling apart as the investigation goes on, fine. But he turns into someone who doesn't care about anyone or anything. In the end, he admits that he didn't even think/care about the murdered child he was investigating. I really hate film noir and that's exactly what this book is. There is no satisfaction in any way, on any front. I can't see me investing in any more of her books.
I really am enjoying Tana French's books. However, the narration was a little too annoying for me to not comment about it. If using headphones, the breathing was very apparent. I would suggest listening in a car. Great use of a credit though!
The disappearance of two childhood friends haunts the detective who is investigating the murder of a star ballerina in his childhood woods. Interesting characters who are struggling with the case and facing the truth of their lives and balance between work and personal relationships. The performance was excellent and easily understood.
I honestly don't know. It's a pretty good thriller, with plenty of twists and turns. But good lord, the constant misogyny from the main character just bored the hell out of me from pretty early on. It's so tired -- for instance, he likes small 'bird-like' women but is also irritated when they just eat salads.
The setting and the slightly paranormal edge were the most interesting. The dull portrayals of gender stereotypes was by the far, the least interesting.