A brilliant new novel from the New York Times best-selling author whom Gillian Flynn calls "mesmerizing" and Stephen King calls "incandescent".
Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.
Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her - except that Antoinette's seen her somewhere before.
And that her death won't stay in its neat by-the-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn's boyfriend fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.
Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?
©2016 Tana French (P)2016 Penguin Audio
"[Narrator] Hilda Fay gives a keenly considered performance.... Subtle distinctions among Irish accents play a fascinating part in Fay's performance." (AudioFile)
Unlike other reviewers, I had no issue with Hilda Fay's narration. She did a great job and I thought the story was as good as Tana French's other wonderful novels! I think some people just want the last narrator they liked in a series and can't stand any variation. While I've been there before, I had no problems sinking deep into the story. Another solid addition to Ms. French's Dublin Murder Squad! I can say that because I just re-listened to the series before I purchased The Trespasser!
Despite its length, I was so pulled along by this story, I stopped watching the news, I stayed up hours past any sane bedtime, listened in my car, listened in the bathtub...just had to keep listening. Unlike some other reviewers, I found Hilda Fay to be one of the best narrators ever, and a perfect match for Tana French's writing. I could easily tell which character was speaking and thought she truly conveyed changes in the characters as the story moved along. She also did a terrific job of varying regional accents; most were Dublin (with shades of difference in class and district) and others were from elsewhere in the southern part of the country. Stephen's accent differed from Antoinette's, for example. There are very few authors whose books I will pre-order; Tana French, especially if Hilda Fay is narrator, will be one of those. This is a masterful novel with a mystery at its heart. But there are more revelations than just discoveries about the case. The drawing of the characters, the exquisite descriptions of scenes and emotions, none were done with the minimalist style that even a good crime novel or thriller can get away with. Tana French spared no effort and made every word count in this marvelous book.
Tana French works her magic again Weaving complicated characters and a totally who done it case for the he Dublin Murder Squad. Could not put the story away and just when you think you have all the answers the story bends in a totally different way. Love the author She writes stories that I listen to over and over
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I will follow Tana French anywhere. I've absolutely loved every one of her books until this one, and I'll continue to read everything she writes. This is not her best. It takes a very long time to really get moving; we spend far too long in Antoinette's head, which is a very angry place. There's a fine line between getting inside a protagonist's skin and festering, and this felt like the latter. When the book does get moving, it mostly reverts to French's usual high standards, but generally, this plot is not as interesting or as compelling as her others.
I did not like the narration at all. Antoinette, as I said, is a very angry person, and much of the first half of the book is in what I can only describe as a snarly tone. The narrator doesn't pull any punches, and I found myself reluctant to turn the book on again, because it was so difficult to listen to. A narrator can be true to the text without making it hard on the listener; this is one of the exquisite skills of a great narrator.
The other aspect of the narration that I found difficult was the extremity of the accent. Again, it felt like an inexperienced narrator who went over the top in search of authenticity at the expense of listenability (is that a word?). I would have paid good money for some consonants, and to lose about 75 percent of the glottal stops. It was just painful.
The upshot of my review: there are very, very few mystery authors as good as Tana French, and if you've read everything else she's written, by all means go for it, but I would recommend reading rather than listening to this one. If you haven't read everything else she's written, do that first.
i make it a rule not to buy an audiobook without listening to the sample, but I broke that rule in order to get this one the minute it was released. I wasn't sorry and I am surprised by the number of people who gave Hilda Fay poor reviews. To me, she gave the primary character a perfect cop voice and did an admirable job of voicing the secondary characters. I would definitely listen to her again.
In this book, Tana French gives us another classic "page turner" murder mystery, every bit as good as any of her previous Irish Detective Squad books, that keeps the reader guessing up till the end.
I always enjoy her ability to give us a bit of the back story on her primary character while not letting it overtake the objective of giving the reader a ride on the mystery train. As with most of her books, French gives us a look at the dynamics of the detective's partnership. In this one, she also fleshes out the dynamics of being a woman on the squad. Perhaps the poor reviews are from men who wanted a male cop as the lead character??
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If you like Ms. French's books than you will enjoy this one. She basically uses the same formula but she always has new and interesting characters with lots of twists and turns to keep you listening. The narration was excellent- which is fun for me being American. I enjoy listening to foreign narrators and hearing how the different names and words are pronounced.I wont give anything away other than to say if you like police drama and you have enjoyed her other books you will like this one too!
IT geek, reader, homeschooler
Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books are probably my favorite mystery series. Not as bleak as Adrian McKinty. Her protagonists are usually female, always smart, deep thinkers. Those are good qualities for any main character but especially for a mystery.
Antonette, the only female detective on the Murder Squad is described as an outsider from the start. While she continues to be an outsider throughout the story, her own take on that goes through some transformation. Antonette and her partner Steve are given the case of a young woman found dead in her home. The home is sterile & impersonal and the two immediately have problems figuring out who this woman was, and why someone would want to kill her.
I was surprised to see complaints about the narrator. I would buy a book by this narrator again. She handles the different voices (male/female) and accents (mostly class distinctions within Dublin) well. Although Antonette narrates, and therefore has the most 'lines', Ms Fay seems to have no problem embodying the many men in Antonette's world. Best of all she doesn't get in the way of the story unfolding.
My favorite Tana French book was Broken Harbor. This is almost as good. I'll be listening to this one again before the next Murder Squad mystery hits the shelves.
I absolutely loved the narrator and I have returned many books because of not liking the performer, I am that fussy. She gets the way people talk and think, with all the right pauses and emphases. I had been waiting with great anticipation for this book to come out and was not disappointed. I had a long car trip alone so heard eight hours almost non stop. Ioved Tana French's skill with showing thinking process.
An older (70) avid audio reader, I enjoy all kinds of books. Frequently will audio-read a book that I wouldn't spend the time to print-read...especially classics that were read in high-school or college. I'm a Ph.D. Industrial Psychologist, intelligent with a genuine appreciation for good writing in almost any genre.
If you like roller coasters, you'll Tana French's latest. Her characters are so well drawn and her plot thick as the best soup your granny ever made you. Every time you think you know what's coming next, just turn the page to see how wrong you were. Fast-paced, deep, exciting. Ms French's best to date.
struggle to get to chapter 2 I gave it until chapter 5 The narrator's Voice Was So Soft with that thick accent I couldn't understand half the words I was totally lost by chapter 5 so I threw in the towel
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