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!
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I liked this book because it was not full of over-the-top gun-fight action that ruins most murder-mysteries for me.
I hate “gotta find the psychopath before he kills again” style police stories that leave a trail of dead bodies in their wake. The plots in those books are usually so crazy-stupid they make me wonder why I bother... perhaps I keep picking them up in the hopes that they turn out to be more like this book! Compared to those, this story is in another league.
It’s a slow police procedural tale that focuses not only on the “who killed the girl” mystery, but also on the lives of the investigating detectives. I’d like to read Book 2 in the series, “The Likeness” to go on with more of their stories; too bad it’s not available in Audible!
I disagree that the ending was unsatisfying, I didn’t feel like there were any lose ends or annoying dangling unanswered questions; the author wrapped it up well enough for me.
The ending was very unsatisfying. I would have liked more closure.
His reading was very authentic and believable. I liked listening to him.
I am still deciding on this.
I found this book very unsatisfying. I particularly felt that the story line was not wrapped up well. In addition, the story was as much a study of the main character as it was a mystery. I didn't like the main character nor did I feel sympathy for him.
The mystery story line was ok but after listening for 3-4 hours I was ready to get on with the story and leave the character study behind. I almost stopped listening several times but wanted to get to the whodunit part. Then even that was a puzzle. I probably will not listen to this author again.
Looking for good murder mysteries that don't consist mostly of cheesy love stories. Example of what I am looking for, J Deaver & JA Jance.
Kept me entertained.
Cassie. She is smart.
Ending was a little predictable, but the rest of the story was pretty good.
Companion to The Likeness (book 2), but not very closely to books 3 and 4.