I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.
Tana French is rapidly becoming my favorite writer of mystery thrillers. Quite possibly in my top 10 favorite writers in any genre. I loved In the Woods and Faithful Place and liked The Likeness very much. I would hardly have thought it possible, but this novel beats her others hands down, both as a whodunit and as an interesting set of psychological character studies. Not only is the novel itself wonderful, but Stephen Hogan's narration is the best in the series too. He does a wonderful job differentiating social classes by varying the Irish dialects they speak. All in all it is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.
No, but only because it is a mystery and now I know what happens! The performance, story and writing were very good and deserve the highest praise.
Finding out my speculation as to the ending was all wrong.
The very first description of "Bryan's Town" so incredibly creepy and believable.
This book deals with the murders of two small children, so there are portions of it that are hard to listen to. If I were reading it, I could skim, but the audible version makes me listen to parts that are difficult to hear but necessary for the impact of the story.
Be wary if you are squeamish or can not handle hearing about children being killed. There are some graphic moments in this dealing with difficult subject matter.
I will definitely not. I couldn't even finish this one.
No, just this author.
Performance was OK.
Not that I remember.
Not predictable, moved along, kept my interest
I liked the development of the relationship between Kennedy and Curran
Tell us about yourself!
However, Tana French has again given us a well written work of fiction. She continues to be an author that I don't hesitate to buy new releases.
She weaves characters, relationships, location, and the economy together around the murders in a family.
The main characters are a senior detective with a rigid sense of right and wrong and a life broken by childhood tragedy, a rookie detective fresh from traffic duty and trying to bend justice to his compassionate sense of right, and four childhood friends with a group history and divergent adult lives. The setting includes a crumbling "upscale" housing development and job loss, both caused by the economic downturn.
I was really fascinated by the gradual descent into madness of the murdered family. First the husband, then the wife, and then the two children! The sister and a watcher were close by and could have stepped in to help, but they were totally clueless as to what was going on inside the house.
From the beginning there weren't many possible outcomes. The story was more a matter of unlocking exactly what had happened, how, and why. There were some unusual clues (holes in the walls), withheld evidence, wrong turns and missteps along the way, but the ending was justice if not a surprise.
As with other Dublin Murder Squad books, this can stand alone. It is not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.
The story kept my attention, the narration is decent, and I enjoyed the whole listen.
Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.
Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.
The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.
The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.
Another fantastic story in this series.
Absolutely loved the first ⅔ of this latest offering of Tana French's and was thinking it would fully merit a 5 star rating. It offered all of what I like best about this author--great writing, taut story-line and authentic characters.
I'm not sure what happened, but about ⅔ of the way in, all of these features just seemed to evaporate and the story became long-winded, implausible and just about every character lost his/her believability--it was like someone else with inferior talent took over writing the book.
Hope this will just be an isolated glitch in the career of one of my favorite authors of this genre.
I would cut about 1/4 of the book out. Tana French had to have been paid by the word. It's a good story but very bloated. on and on and on and on ..... The feeling of suspense is ruined by so much ruminating.
EDIT and then edit some more.
I liked the narrator.
Probably. Any C list Lifetime actor.
Why do good authors go "bad"? I was so excited to start her new book about half way thru I wanted to rip my ears off.
Yes - already have.
No - first one.
I was very surprised by the ending.
A little bit slow to start - but don't give up. It gets really good!