I don't know what impressed me more, the narrator or the story!. Clever plot turns and interesting characters. I am going to get the next book right now!
Great story, great characters and I didn't figure out the mystery until the very end! And the narration was fantastic! I listen to over 100 audio books a year, and this is a great one!
A lot of twisting in the plot with the makings of a good intriguing detective novel that then fell completely flat. There are two crimes in the same place & the various interwoven angles are explored sometimes to great excess and then seemingly for naught.
I was most frustrated by the author's decision on the two plot resolutions. For one, she had the main character reveal something at one point that was totally uncharacteristic of him and would never have happened consistent with her description without her giving us a reason, and she didn't. It was such an obvious giveaway, and I am usually easily sucked into intricate plots that I don't see the twist coming. But this one was not well hidden.
The second plot resolution was a deal killer for me. She said she chose this ending because it was truest to her story; to me it felt like she thought she'd create more interest for herself and her future works because she left people hanging. I was all set to read another of her books and chose to read this one first because I like to start at the beginning...Now I don't think I'll bother with the second book, even though it's about Cassie, the character, I really liked.
Ok, I will nitpick here... Detective Ryan is an Irishman with an English accent as explained in the book, so Crossley was a good choice. He was easy to listen to and made the story exciting. My problem is all the other - Irish - characters spoke with the same British accent, even the ones in the book described as having a thick Irish accent. . I'd like for them to have had a more authentic Irish accent.... Or an Irish accent at all.
I'd like to address the negative reviews that center on the ending. This story does not have an all nicely wrapped up with a bow on it happy ending. If you can't get enjoyment out of a story without a story tale ending then this isn't the book for you. If you love a compelling story that's character driven and beautifully written and mind bending and heart breaking, then I'll 100% recommend it!
I live in Dundee, Oregon, wine country and the most beautiful place on earth...I love detective stories and just discovered John Sandford and his Prey series. Love him! I also love Rosamond Pilcher, anything read by Joe Mantagna or Bobby Cavale. Love Audiobooks more than almost anything!
It was about 1 part too long. There was alot of unimportant details that detracted from the story. Also, it is Irish and the reader was Engish. Really took away from the story as well. I like Tana French and her style, but this story left me wanting, not in a good way
The initial story of three children and the crime involved was great and unfinished in the end and that was very disappointing.
He has a great voice, but this story need the Irish accent to make it real for me.
It was about 1 part too long.
I was not happy with this story and wish it had a better ending and the correct reader.
Another anti-hero from Tana French - this one quite sympathetic for the first half, and after a quite predictable plot twist, an idiot (but realistically in character.) I didn't connect with the protagonist quite as well as with the protagonist in Faithful Place, but he was interesting. French's villain is modern with a modern motivation; the novel does not tidily clean up all the loose plot ends, which is also modern.
The female detective, Cassie, is sharply drawn, strong and fantastic.French does a great job with female characters.
Another great story by Tana French... and Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. If this was not an audio book it would definitely be considered a "page turner". At one time I also had the good fortune to download and listen to another of Ms. French's books called "Faithful Place" but notice it is no longer available. Two other of her books, while listed on Audible as being in the series are also not available and I sincerely hope at some point in the near future they will be made available for purchase. She is a superb writer!
Great Twists & Turns
I loved all the different twists and leads that took us in so many directions, but always not very far from the center.
I didn't have a favourite....they were all unusual and interesting
Tana French is a new author for me, but I will read all her books.....she is a very talented story teller.
I read this book several years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are spots of humour, introspection, mystery... the whole thing was just incredible!
Steven Crossley was a great narrator choice for this book, though the dialogue is probably the biggest drawback to his performance. Another reviewer stated the lack of an Irish accent for many of the other characters takes away from the experience, and he occasionally lapses into low growly monosyllabic passages. Beyond those minor quibbles, his depiction of this book is dark and brooding and tough and tragic.
I wish more of Ms. French's books were available on Audible; this book is a promising beginning to a gripping series.
This is the first review I have written. I loved the way this book keeps you guessing! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!