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.
I thought this book was very interesting but honestly unless there will be a sequel there is too many missing pieces and the end leaves you a little frustrated. all in all it was a good read but I wouldn't listen to it again.
I don't usually enjoy this kind of extensive character building, but it works really well here. Also, first-person narration often distracts me, but here it helps the story's realistic and compelling feel. And, the narrator himself does a marvelous job. However, in the end, the story is a huge disappointment! The platonic relationship of the two main characters - who we are to believe practically live together for many months but with no sexual encounters until one romantic episode three-quarters of the way in - strains credulity. And, after that one night, the story just seems to fall apart. It's like the author didn't know how to finish the tale. After the single sexual tryst, the protagonist changes behavior in an wholly unbelievable manner, the resolution of the current day murder is not terribly engaging and seems contrived, and there is no resolution of the best mystery in the whole story, leaving you hanging. After roping you in to the characters and the mysteries so incredibly well for 12 hours, the last four make you just want to throw the MP3 player at the wall.
I listened to the unabridged version and had some difficulty sticking to it. The story was interesting and unpredictable, but moved pretty slowly. Psychological details were very well done.
My biggest complaint is my own personal dislike of stories told in the first person, and I believe that it made this story that much more tedious. The story is also somewhat unsatisfying due to the unpleasant outcome for the main character.
This audiobook is amazing! I don't think I can say enough about it. The story is absolutely engrossing and the characters are very deep. You will not be disappointed.
I read so I can write
This book is amazing. The author not only wrote a great story, she wrote it brilliantly. It is almost poetry, and Steven Crossley reads it that way. I couldn't turn it off.
The narrator is English and the characters are Irish - it didn't add up and it was impossible to continue listening.
An Irish or Irish-accented narration.
I'm very intrigued by the storyline, but I'll have to read the books.
I would not try another one of her books. I did like Steve Crossley.
He was great.
It was good up until the end. It is like she did not finish the story. What happened to his friends that disappeared all those years ago?
Pages and pages of a character's thoughts. Not enough story and puzzle.
Probably not. I believe this was her first, or at least an early, book. I might check reviews to see if later books were written differently.
Mr. Crossley did a fine job as far as I can tell. I just didn't care for what he was reading.
Frustration! I was hoping for a traditional "mystery". What I experienced was a book that concentrated more on the emotions and thoughts of a character than on the puzzle of the mystery and the solution.
While I believe this book is well written, it just isn't my style. To me it seemed more of a character study of an emotionally damaged policeman. The "mystery" was not the main focus. And that was disappointing for me.
This was one of my early "Audible" purchases and a title that I bought on sale. What I have learned is to go beyond the publisher's comments and read the reviews - both positive and negative. Had I done that I believe I would have passed on this book. My preference is for books that emphasize story and plot.
I have recommended to friends. It is a raw and totally enthralling.
I think it's an original.
Too many to mention.
Beautifully written and narrated.
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