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.
Tana French is in my opinion an excellent writer. She does like similes and detailed descriptive passages. These could bog a book down if one does not take pleasure in descriptive details. Fortunately, she is gifted and her similes are frequently poetic. It is my observation that the plot is of secondary importance. What she really writes about is relationships. So, if you are in no rush for the plot to progress and enjoy word pictures as well as a remarkable ability to explore and portray relationships, this is the book for you. If you have read or listened to "Faithful Place", you know exactly what I am talking about. I have just purchased "The Likeness". I am looking forward to it, but, because her books are somewhat heavy (not exactly cheerful), I may need to listen something of a lighter nature before listening to "The Likeness". The narrator was nothing short of fantastic.
English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.
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.
A great thriller, well read and acted, but the book should have been abridged. I could/would have skimmed through parts if I were reading the book, but this isn't easy to do when you are listening.
My husband and I listened to this on a road trip, and the first half was great. My husband gave up after 16 hours.
I give it 4 stars because the story and reader were good, but would recommend it only to those that like lots of description and words, not those who like suspense and get eager to know how it will end!
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Coincidentally, I just finished Benjamin Black's "Vengeance", another procedural set in Dublin. Black's novel is skillfully written, but is no match for French's, kicking with life and clear-eyed observation. She has, for instance, a hardened detective, but he is no romantic figure: he is, as she both demonstrates and remarks, merely "****ed up". All her characters are palpably human, and, quite rare in any fiction, she portrays a convincing "besties" friendship between a male and a female. Amid the general dark mayhem lurks a keen sense of humor.
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