If it hadn't been for the narrator, I would have given up on this book earlier. The story was not good. The little blurb stating the basis of the story sounded really good, but not so. What a fraud.
Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.
Initially I was really enjoying the story and had no problem finishing it but unfortunately I began to rather dislike the main character. This was a distraction for me as I dont think this was the intent of the author. I would be interested to know if other readers found this character, Francis, to be obnoxious, self righteous and self absorbed to the point of not caring what happened to him and his family! I really loved listening to the narrator. I thought he was fabulous.
I read so I can write
Ms. French strikes again with an amazing pen that takes an almost simple mystery and writes a story with so much depth and width that it is hard to hold on to it. Another reviewer mentioned that the story actually consumed them and that is the closest I can come to defining the experience of this novel.
I will listen to this again almost immediately because I feel like I need to. The depth of the story is such that some of it just raced past and while my attention was totally focused. I know I missed subtle things that were slipped in to it.
Mr. Reynolds brings the whole thing to life with his character and accents.
Don't miss this one.
If you want a mystery, this is not the book you want. The overall plot is dreadfully predictable, but the many sub-plots and the development of the relationships between the characters is superb. Want a book about relationships then this book is for you. One thing I couldn't get over was knowing that the author was a woman but the narrator was a man. It just didn't work for me. Too many times there were statements being attributed to Francis that an undercover cop just would not say. And the last couple of hours of the book are essentially unnecessary. Ordinarily, I really like Tana French's books, but this one falls short for me even though I can see how others may fancy it.
I figured out who the muderer was within hours and so will you. The whole time you will be waiting for the "twist" because there has got to be more - right? Wrong! But hey, if they ever think about bringing back that show "MONK" (loved watching it with my grandpa) then this book is perfect for a made-for-TV episode. Easy to edit down AND the TV audience will feel extra smart for being able to solve the mystery. Grandpa says a MONK mystery will never let you down.... just sayin.
Once you get into listening, the combo of French and Reynolds draws you into the lives of some very interesting characters and their personal and family dynamics. Although the ending was waa waa... it still was worth the credit and the time. Enjoy!
I was disappointed. First, I thought the author, Tana, was a women and the novel would have a more female perspective. Wrong on both counts. I found the entire story very slow going and fast forwarded through about 5 hours of the book. But, there was enough intrigue that I didn't abandon it so that rates at least 2 stars.
I did not enjoy this book and agreed with the early reviewers opinions. I found there was far too much talking about nothing , -and which did nothing to move the story along.It seemed like filler. I agree the author sets the place well, but move on with the story already!! I also did not care about the main character, found him to be too cynical -and the swearing and bad language to be a bit excessive. after 4 hours i gave it a pass, -BORING!
Will Cassie dump Sam and go back to Rob, will Rob regain a murder squad? Never mind we find out only about Cassie's last boss, Frank, growing up in a poor part of town and dealing with a disfunctional family. Oh yes, there is a murder to solve but this takes a back seat to Frank's relationships with everybody, his daughter, his ex wife, his Mother and Father his brothers and sisters his former neighbors while growing up and his first girl friend. This is not what I had expected after the first two books nor is it what I had hoped for.
CAUTION: If you were raised in an alcoholic/abusive family, don't choose this book.
This was a very depressing story about an extremely "disfunctional" family. No need to be reminded of your past.