This is undoubtedly the best detective novel I have ever read. The resolution of the "whodunnit" part is a complete surprise, but totally consistent with the evidence and built right into the plot from the beginning. You end up thinking, "Yes, that was obvious. Why didn't I see it?" The only reason I did not give it five stars is for one major shortcoming and a minor one. The major shortcoming is that it just moves too slowly. I think the plot could have been wrapped up in about half the length of this book, add a another quarter for the excellent character development, and you still have a book that is 1/4 longer than it needs to be. The minor shortcoming is that at the end there are still unanswered questions and loose threads to the story. It is probably appropriate that there should be, but it bothered me.
This is a great book. A very talented writer and very well narrated.
I don't understand a lot of the reviews here. It seemed like most people loved the book but were disappointed because the ending didn't wrap everything up neatly like a Mission Impossible episode. I thought that just made the book more realistic and intriguing.
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend. I look forward to Tana's next book!
The story really gripped me, and, as I listened through, I found myself doing housework with the ipod on, taking the long way home to listen a while longer etc. I don't mind the ambiguous ending - it's what I've come to expect in modern writing (and TV!). What irked me was the narrators unfamilarity with Irish colloquialisms (the use of the word "sure" and "yer man", etc.) and Irish place names, which were often mispronounced. Hearing placenames familiar to me prounced so oddly took me right out of the story...
I'm always on the lookout for multiple book authors like Child, John Sanford, Crais and even Clancy and Grisham. Judging from this first book, Ms. French could be next.
This book was a nice break from the American, everything ties up neatly in the end approach. The characters are intriguing and flawed, and ultimately pay the price (and that's the good guy), but oh so compelling, the realpolitik is (gasp) realistic, the story complex and engaging.
The reader was awesome, crafting words and accents with care, precision and art. Definitely a pleasure and a lovely change of pace to listen to an English accent.
As other reviewers have said, I cleaned the kitchen much longer, took the long way home day after day and stayed up late multiple times to get to the end of this one.
First novels by great authors are one of the rarest and greatest pleasures in reading/listening. Don't miss this one.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
I found this novel clever and entertaining. So much so I purchased another novel by Tana French. It's well read with a great detective story.
As this book was wrapping up the end of plot #2, I was eagerly anticipating the wrap-up of plot #1. Sorry, too bad for me. I was just left hanging. After spending hours and hours developing plot #1, the author doesn't resolve it? What a huge disappointment. I give 1 star because I did enjoy the character development (as I pictured Jude Law as the protagonist!), and 1 star because I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. Minus 1 star due to way too much unnecessary vulgarity, and minus 2 stars for the gaping hole of an ending.
There was a lot of potential with this story. I was excited when I saw the synopsis of it, but after I got to listening to it, it got longer and longer and we weren't going forward in the story. Without trying to give anything away, the "In The Woods" part of the story is never solved. I was hoping that the author would bring them together and tie up all the loose ends. After the story finished, I still feel like I'm "In the Woods".
It was a waste of time and money to listen to this one.
NOt sure how to write this without being overly sexist so...
This is a book written by a female with a male lead that does not seem as if it was written by a female. Hmmm...what does that mean?
Well, to me, I find that female writers have a different sense of male characters than females. Mars and Venus perhaps? Ultimately, I find too often that males are more of a characiture (sp?) than recognizable. Now many would say this is true, and perhaps male writers do the same to females characters.
BUT! I gambled on this book, hoping for something not to obvious and bombastic. I was delighted. Characters are developed by their relationships with others, not simply described. Multiple layers of plot keep you going in circles, although the clues are put out for you to see. This is like a book version of "Usual Suspects." Read it a second time and it is a different book altogether.
Narration is strong. Good pace and inflection.
I would have given 3.5 stars if it had been possible as I enjoyed the story but the main character's self wallowing pity got on my nerves. At least 2 hours could have been saved if this had been kept down to the necessary minimum. Shame there weren't any Irish accents as I tended to forget that it was set in Ireland. Worth listening to, but don't tempt it if you're feeling depressed as it'll send you over the edge.
Don't be afraid to listen to this book! I vehemently disagree with the reviews which make this book sound like an empty, slow, unsatisfying read.
It is beautifully written, with just the right amount of character flaws, dry humor, ironic twists, and bittersweet resolve peppered over a masterful crime novel.
The lack of Irish accents is not a problem, and the lack is, in fact, often referenced in the novel itself.
I would not be surprised, as this book seems to be the first in a series, that the mystery of "In The Woods" will resurface, and may ultimately be resolved.
The main crime portion of the plot *is* completely solved, and that is more than enough to keep me coming back to this author every chance I get.