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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
story took forever to get through...too much character development...would have preferred more action...The ending was predictible
Tana French is one of our great new writers. Although her novels are mysteries, they are also very good fiction in their character development (you actually get to know and care about her people), their intricate and unusual plots, and their capture of real neighborhoods and real police politics. These are the type of books you hate to put down and are really sorry to see the end of. Read all three, and then you will be impatient for the next one to come out, as am I!
overall i enjoyed this one...but the main character became annoying at times. i'd recommend it to a friend.