There is a feel of woman-author representing male psyche in the first-person detective's musings, but strangely not his dialogue. Although, it was a little jarring and difficult to really get into major sections of the dialogue because of the way the reader raises his voice for spoken parts to distinguish from unspoken narrative. It did make you feel there was shouting instead of discussion, which distracts you from the book, conversation and plot. The story is good enough to keep me going however.
The main character is not a wholly pleasant person, as he is finding his own way through the fog of a past childhood trauma. I'm about two-thirds of the way through the book and am getting a strong impression that he is misunderstanding things because of this; perhaps I'll have to go over previous events in my head later to sort this out and thus the author is impressing me - mysteries that make you think on multiple levels are that much more entertaining.
Anyone who could do a proper set of Irish accents would have been a better narration choice. I will listen to the next book in this series specifically because of the reviews praising that narrator's talent with accents.
Mr. Crossley does not seem to be an accurate interpreter of character dialogue, or even of the narrative, for which I would fault the director/producer of this performance as well. It was painfully obvious to me at too many moments that lines were said wrong and inflections or emphases were off. This happened most during dialogue, and I feel I'm missing clues or foreshadowing because of it.
The suspense is building faster now that the main character has started to speak of reflecting on the events from some point in the future, a tactic working its way gradually into the storyline. It serves to force one to think about resolution without actually telling us whether the case will actually be solved, while speeding up the timeline through slower parts of the investigation so we don't get bogged down. The characters come through as solidly-developed; no one is perfectly anything, and small moments of humor and other interactions (friction, impatience, etc) are realistic and grounded. Characters should maintain their separateness throughout a novel - they should behave as independent actors with their own mannerisms and thought patterns, and this author seems to have been able to maintain this throughout, which I believe is difficult and laudable.
Tana French's writing is so good that you don't care whodunit; you just don't want these people to leave your life. I have recommended this book to many because the writing and character development is so outstanding and they all had the same experience that I did, which is that we had to read the next two Tana French books, without pause. You can't stop at one. When you finish the third, Faithful Place, we all immediately searched the Internet to find out the date of her next book and are so disappointed that we have to wait several more months for it.
Enjoy this gifted writer.
Stephen King or Tess Garritson
Its difficult to make a bad book sound good!
Read or listen to a sample before you waste a credit on it!
Geat story, brilliant characterisation of main characters, stylistic AA+. It does not happen very often that a great storyteller is also a great writer! This is a book that blew me away. Written brilliantly, great insights into main characters, tense, gripping - could not get enough! Cant wait for my next Tana French book!
Compare to the really greats of fiction - here is a future world class psycho crime writer! Style and story combined, best I have read for years. A real discovery for me.
Just get it! If you love literature, psychology and crime, you will be taken to absolute book heaven.
I really enjoyed the characters, until towards the end, when the dude wieners out, and start to avoid his best friend turned lover, for no apparent reason. Could have been better. Just ok.
I enjoyed Tana French's writing style. I also really enjoyed the story. Some people haven't liked that the first part of the story about Ryan isn't resolved with an answer, but I don't see that it needed to be. I think it was really about the trauma and how in some ways it locked him in a adolescent stage, affecting his judgements, to include his judgements of Rosalind and Cassie, both adolescent. Based on the outcome of the second part of the story, the first part just couldn't ever be connected, and life often doesn't connect all the dots.
This series is great. Love the characters. Narrators are perfect. You will want to start with this one and continue listening until you have finished the next two.
Excellent story with beautifully crafted character development and psychology. Crossley was wonderful and I really enjoyed the accent - not that I could tell one British accent from another - but it added to the feel and setting of the story. He does a great job with women's voices because he doesn't try to sound female, he just distinguishes one speaker from another. This long mystery novel weaves together many diverse stories and delivers a satisfying conclusion.
Dawnknitella in Oregon
Of the three Irish detective Tana French books I've listened to, I liked this one the best. The story is compelling, and Tana does a great job getting the reader hooked. Mr Crossley was a good narrator and I like his delivery and the way he made the story flow.
Great narrator! So important. Really enjoyed her characters, the story, and best of all there are more books to read going forward with the same characters. I love sequels. Well worth the purchase!