The fact that she presented a story we all feel, but seldom hear.....feelings never die, regardless of time or space, feelings are our truest sense of who we are and what we become.
I loved the storyline. I loved the back-story. And I loved how all the action of the present was woven into the history of the past, and how the threads of that weaving enter our future life's patterns.
When the "hero" finally discovers what happened in the past and realizes how his past has impacted all his decisions from that point, and how those decisions have impacted many, many others.
I wanted to hear all the story, but it was good to stop for a bit and think about what was going on and let all the relationship revelations marinate. Then when I re-joined the story I was more invested in what was happening.
I love this author. Have read all her books so far and I think she is fabulous.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
This is not the best of Tana French's books, but she's a gorgeous writer and knows how to tell a good story. The ending was a bit predictable, and that was disappointing, but I still recommend this. It's so hard to find a beautifully written crime novel and French always delivers on this front. I also enjoy how we meet characters in each book who she focuses on in the next. A part of me would like her to go back to some of her previous characters, but I do enjoy getting to know each of them. I like getting to know Frances Macky who in the last book was just a boss. I'm a little more iffy about getting to know Scortcher in the next book, but hoping French will surprise me.
French's books are really in a class by themselves. Maybe it would compare to Snow Falling on the Cedars.
He's a good narrator - very energetic. It's not annoying when he does the woman's voices either.
No, but it kept my interest.
The narrator was so spot on with this production, I could listen over and over again and indeed I have.
The central character, Frank Mackey has to be the favorite. The many facets of his character father, undercover detective, brother/son in a dysfunctional family, victim of loss of his first love...the author makes you feel what he feels and hurt for him and want him to succeed.
Tana French is so very talented and for each of my friends to which I have recommended her books they are so very appreciative!
It drags a bit at some parts, but is overall a great story.
There were many Irish colloquialisms and/or slang that I don't think I would have understood if reading it in print. Listening to the reader's tone in context made them understandable. And it sounds to me like he is more than a narrator; he's a voice actor.
It made me laugh at many points, and also feel nostalgic for my youth. The author has a great ability to make the reader to visualize the characters in the past.
This was an excellent entry in an excellent series. I love Tana French's writing style. Her characters just come to life and become my companions while I am immersed in her stories. The narrator was spot on. I felt like I was watching the movie in my head the entire time I listened.
I loved the way that French was able to describe the place. It felt like you were there.
Frank was my favorite because he was very realistic and unpredictable.
The accent. Wow, I loved the way that it was read. I am so glad that I didn't just read this book.
Yes! I was hooked from the very first sentence but couldn't listen all at once. I typically listen on my way to and from work, I have a 45 min drive each way. I was literally 20 minutes late one day sitting in the parking lot at work listening, I couldn't stop!
Don't read Tana French books, listen to them. It makes a huge difference in a really good way.
The surprise here is the novel's poetic sensibility, very unexpected in what is essentially a police thriller. The characters are real, foibles and strengths alike in full view, and I can't say I liked most of them, but they sure held my attention. The novel is well plotted and paced, but with an underlying uneasiness that I might not have tolerated had it not been written so beautifully. I feel as though I have lived in Dublin. The narrator was superb, to the point that I'm not sure the prose, as crafted as it is, would have kept my attention had I been reading it and not listening to it. This is one novel that stayed with me long after I finished it.
I probably wouldn't listen again -- but sure like it the first time
The lead detective -- very human and real
The Irish brogue is just right
I listened while driving on a car trip, and loved it
The narrator of this audiobook is excellent. His accent and performance made me want to sit in the car longer and listen to the book.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone that has a close family. Throughout this book I kept thinking, how could you just leave your family for 20 years. I found this extremely depressing and the story line was too predictable for me!