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!
I loved it!
How children bring us to important moments in our life. (I won't say more, so not to spoil it.)
The fabulous accent, and a real sense of being in Ireland.
Yeah, but again, I won't spoil it.
Terrific mystery, well written, with wonderful, true-to-life characters and realism. I must read for those who like mysteries.
For what ever reason I didn't listen to this book for 3-4 months after I downloaded it. That was a mistake. This is a great listen. I wanted to listen to this book every waking hour after I started it.
The story was interesting and kept me reading, but the characters where so unlikeable! Such a hateful family. The main character was probably the worst human being of all and I struggled to care about any of them. I suffered through to the end just to get all of my questions answered, but wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
I agree with alot of the praise for this book...wonderful language, dialogue, good characters and narration. I enjoyed this book for the most part because of hope that at some point there would be some emotional satisfaction in the storyline.....but there was none. As many reviewers have mentioned, the main character is not someone you like and particularly towards the end I was completely turned off by his behaviors and his lack of compassion for his family and the secrets behind their dysfunctions. I was more sympathetic towards his family than I was for him. It's not that I am demanding a perfect protagonist, but emotionally I was too in conflict with him to find any satisfaction in the story's outcome. I finished the book with a sour feeling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was impressed by the Reynolds narration.
Yes it did.
He did a good job on this.
I am not sure. I found Frank to be the type cop easy to hate or at least really dislike. In the end I did not want his brother to suffer from prison etc. In fact, the end made me feel bad because of Frank's self-pity over losing Rose and how much he did not deserve that.
Accidents do happen and Shea did not plan to kill Rose even though Frank really wanted to think so.
I suppose I was looking for a happpy ending and was not going to happen.
I love books!
If you want to listen to a Tana French book I think this is the better book . I found it somewhat predictable but I defiantly enjoyed the narrator. I have to say that I think it is just more of the same thing if you listen to more then one Tana French book. I listened to the entire book but could not wait for it to be over. I liked" Faithful Place" slightly more then" In the Woods"