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!
I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was very good, yet frustrating. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought the narrator was simply annoying. It really is too bad because it kind of ruined a good book for me.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I agree with the other reviewers that the writing is well done and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately I thought they were perhaps a little too developed and I often found myself wishing we could get on with the investigation. There are times when a 20+ hour book is done way too soon. There are other times, like in this case, where I wish more editing had been done to trim a few hours and stay more focused on the main story. Steven Crossley has been praised for his work on this book but again it's not to my taste. His narration seems too meticulous and drawn out emphasizing even more all the extra dialog and description in the story. The next book in the series is about one of the other main characters in this book (from the description anyway) and a different narrator. I may try it but I need to listen to something else first.
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!