Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
©2007 Tana French; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
This story had me captivated. I listened to it eagerly awaiting the point where the 2 story lines converge and everything would make sense. There were hints of something supernatural going on and I loved that we didn't know what that was. Then in the last 1/4 of the book, the main character turned into a terrible jerk and the story just ended without a resolution. The author seemed to think he was so clever that we wouldn't have any clue about who was behind the murder but that part was pretty transparent to me. I was so incredibly disappointed with this book esp since it started out so well. Skip it.
Plus, the narrator didn't even try to do an Irish accent but he did appear to have a bad case of dry mouth as he can be heard smacking, gulping and swallowing throughout the entire book. This is a MAJOR irritation with me so some may not find it as obvious but I'm extremely sensitive to it.
The writing style impresses at first, but that glow must have captured (and blinded) the author, as well. While a believable story line, the police characters were obscenely inaccurate and farcical.
When the author chides the reader near the interminable ending about being fooled, I thought that considering the story was so thinly disguised and the guilty so obvious, she must have believed that the integrity of the story is less important than her ability to turn a phrase. When it is so obvious who dunnit, you'd better be one hell of a writer. Or hope that your audience is made up of soap opera fans. The entire final chapter, all hour of it, would better have been left in the round file.
The narrator did a fine job while keeping his tongue in his cheek!
This book starts with a great idea but it never really develops. There are two mysteries, one in the past, one in the present. The reader is led to believe that they are connected, but after lots and lots of dialogue, memories, etc we find that the first cannot ever be explained (due to "amnesia" on the part of the narrator) and the second could have been solved right away if the right technology had been applied sooner rather than later. The middle third of the book can be dispensed with- it doesn't have anything to do with either plot. Disappointing.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
This is a fascinating story with most intersting characters. The story haunted me for many days afterward (not in a bad way, but in a "can't stop thinking about what happened" way. There was one part, however, that almost scared my pants off! It is a really great mystery story. See if YOU can solve it.
This is a great book. A very talented writer and very well narrated.
I don't understand a lot of the reviews here. It seemed like most people loved the book but were disappointed because the ending didn't wrap everything up neatly like a Mission Impossible episode. I thought that just made the book more realistic and intriguing.
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend. I look forward to Tana's next book!
I was really interested in the book and started to go ahead and give it a rating of 5 until I got about 3/4 through it and everything started to get just too depressing. It could have been a really great story if the writer had finished the second storyline. It had a really great premise but too much was left hanging.
I intially found this book very interesting and certainly well written. In fact, its strength is in the narrative, rather than in the story. I was very disappointed by the drawn-out, unsatisfying conclusion. It was as if the author got bored and decided to conclude the book too quickly. You see, there are two main story lines, one concerning a recent murder which is concluded fairly reasonably, although not quite believably. I find it hard to believe that the police would not have looked more deeply into the victim's family, especially considering a family member does turn out to be involved in the murder.
The second is a disappearance that happened 20 years ago, with overtones of some sort of strange creature having possibly been the cause. This is never solved, but rather left hanging, making me wonder why then it was even brought up in the first place. Of course, the disappearance is part of the explanation for the twisted character of the main protagonist, but it would have been easy enough to create another reason for his actions.
Therefore, I was very interested at least 3/4s of the way through the book, then ultimately disappointed when it started to become apparent that the second story line was never going to be concluded satisfactorily.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I found this novel clever and entertaining. So much so I purchased another novel by Tana French. It's well read with a great detective story.
Had a hard time with this mystery, although I did make it to the end. The storyline needs to move forward (and backward in this novel) with a little more steam. It wasn't a waste of my time, but I wouldn't listen to it driving at night...drink some caffeine instead.
For a homicide detective novel, it went on longer than it needed to. And the main character was interesting and funny but then he became a jerk to his partner for literally no reason — he admits this — and the book wasn't as good after that, although I guess it needed to happen for the plot. That said, it held my interest and, for once, in a crime drama, the female characters weren't simply males with the gender changed to give the story broader appeal. The female characters were genuine women and an integral part of the story. Sure wish there'd been some payoff to the opening plot twist. For squeamish readers, it wasn't too graphic. I don't feel the need to immediately buy the second book in the series; I'll wait for it to be on sale.
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