There are a handful of writers that I always purchase their books first, and then read the descriptions after cause it's a given that a). I'm going to buy it. And B) that'll it'll be well done.Tana French is fast becoming one of those authors on my list. I can't say that I liked this story better than The Likeness cause I really enjoyed The Likeness but I definitely didn't like this book any less.
Great character development, great story. I felt like I was with Frank's family in faithful place, like I was a fly on the wall. I will say I kinda guessed the outcome about 2/3 of the way through but that did not diminish how much I enjoyed it.. Worth the time, worth the credit. Worth your money!
An intertwined story of love lost, family relationships (painful and rewarding) and police detectives doing their work set in Ireland in current day with flashback scenes to 1980s. I found it very character driven, intelligent and very entertaining. Looked forward to listening to it everyday! I think others agree since there are so many positive reviews for this book. I have two additional comments to pass along.
Listening to this book proved again, to me, that even good fiction can be made more entertaining with a great narrator's performance. Especially in this case with the Irish accent and the peculiar way (to Americans) they say some words at end of sentences, like sure,yeah. Loved this narrator!
Secondly, I have to say that I was greatly disappointed with the ending - that is why 4 stars. I don't want to give anything away, but I was expecting much more. Maybe it was to set up a sequel, but to me, the ending did not measure up to the rest of the book. But even with the ending, I'm glad I used a credit on this book.
this story was enhanced by the narrator...when he speaks as the mother, you can see the woman in your mind. The words of the author and narration made this audible book very enjoyable and I listened whenever I could. I highly recommend the book.
Well written, well narrated but depressing. It is more about a dysfunctional family in a dysfunctional part of Dublin than it is a mystery. There is not one character that I could like. Not a book that I would recommend.
This is a 3 hour novel, crammed into 16 hours, and French's glacial pacing gives you a sense of relief when you finally arrive at your destination and you don't have to hear anymore about poor Frank Mackey, the ultimate victim of his horrible family. The book's premise is laughable, i.e., that a young girl could disappear for 22 years, and no one would either look for her, or contact the authorities to report her missing. Tana French is incapable of writing a believable male character, and all of the dialogue sounds like a bunch of teenage girls gossiping at a slumber party.
Frank Mackey is determined to find out what happened to Rosie, the love of his life, who disappeared on the night they were supposed to run away together twenty-odd years ago. You will enjoy the writing, and the narration is spot-on Irish vernacular. My only complaint is that the dialogue between Frank and his daughter, or between Frank and his ex-wife ABOUT his daughter, or between Frank and his siblings about his daughter seems to ramble on forever......and is very tedious. But, other than that, I very much enjoyed the listen.
I guessed the murderer very early on, and stuck to my hunch despite later allusions to the contrary. It seemed painfully obvious. Still, it was entertaining.
I enjoyed the author's other novel, The Likeness, but this one was not nearly as appealing. Perhaps it was because I did not find the characters very sympathetic, nor the story line realistic. The suspense just wasn't there. Rather than wanting to continue listening to find out what happens next, I just wanted to get it over with.
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I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All I can say about this one is that I was glad to be finished with it. The characters were totally unlikeable, the story line became clear a few hours into the book and the ending was blah. Not the worst book I've listened to but close.