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Publisher's Summary

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

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.

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Too long

Great story and great narration but painfully too long for an audiobook. It would have been a 5-stars if it wasn't so long.

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  • Melissa
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 08-24-16

I can't say enough good things about this book

This is by far the best book I've listened to in a long time. The writing is superb and the story line is gripping. The narrator did a great job - no he doesn't have an Irish accident, but he does a great job of differentiating every character. The characters were well developed and the plot was interesting. I saw the ending coming from a mile away, not so much because it was obvious but more because the author does such a good job of developing the characters I saw the clues pretty early on, but it didn't distract from the story for me. I maybe enjoyed it even more getting to watch how the author made it all unfold. I will be reading many more books by Tana French.

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Its amazing, and frustrating

I loved this book, and I hated this book. I cannot spoil the ending for you my fellow reading enthusiasts... However prepared to be surprised and possibly disappointed all at the same time.

What I loved about this book is that it started off with a bang, but then enters into a bit of a lull where we learn a lot about our characters but with out giving anything away...it slows down and never quite takes me where I thought it would.

All in all, I would definitely read the rest of the Tana French books, but I am hoping she might revist some of these characters in the future

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The first and last book written by Tana French or narrated by Steven Crossley that I will ever read/listen to.

Having finished the book, I'm stunned so many people left glowing, 5 star reviews. The characters were bumbling idiots & the story was filled to the top with inconsistencies. These had to be the worst detectives in any book ever written! I can't stand leaving a book unfinished so I kept listening, hoping that it would be worth it in the end. It wasn't.
As for the narrator, his imitations for female characters & children were torturous. He came off sounding mocking & ridiculous.

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Good "read"

Great writing. Some holes but the characters and plot were great. Ending was a tad disappointing. Narrator did a great job minus none of the characters having the correct accent. Though I would much rather that than an awfully done one.

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Disappointing

Felt like it was left unfinished. Narrator was great but the story left me really unsatisfied.

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  • Josh
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Vatican City State (Holy See)
  • 07-27-16

Enthralling story

It made me want to sit in my car and continue to listen after getting to where I was going. There were many twists and turns with little clues dropped throughout. The ending though that left a big question mark.

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Didn't love the narrator

When narrating the female voices, he sounded whiney, never with authority and wasn't convincing.

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Intriguing!

Couldn't stop listening, ready to keep going through the series, loved the reader. Very good!

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  • Jim N
  • Chicago, IL
  • 07-20-16

An Excellent Detective Story

Tana French's flawed characters spring wonderfully to life in Steven Crossley's superb reading of this novel. The book is written in the first person and it's narrator, Rob Ryan, is caught between past trauma and present circumstance. His situation, and the complexity of his feelings, add a richness not often found in procedurals of this sort. Highly recommended.