Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder Squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her.
She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam dunk lovers' tiff, but gradually they realise there's more going on: someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions.
They have to work out whether this is just an escalation in the drive to get rid of her - or whether there's something deeper and darker going on.
©2016 Tana French (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
I was really looking forward to this book. All previous books have been excellent reads. I found the story predictable and the characters bland. The reader was a great sleeping pill.
After listening to the Faithful Place I was keen for this book. Sadly, I am disappointed. I didn't even finish it. All the female lead character did was whinge and whine. Bored me to tears. Sorry Tana you lost me on this one.
"LOVED this book!"
I've enjoyed all Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books, although I'm not usually a crime fiction fan. She has a knack for human portraits and a gift for seeing the intricacies of relationships which elevate the book far above the average "who dunnit". Her plots are full of interesting twists and I love the way she brings back minor characters from previous books to flesh them out in more detail. Can't wait for her next book.
As with all the books I've heard in this series, the performance is outstanding and I'd certainly seek out other narrations by Hilda Fay.
"Great story - Great narration"
The story is riveting, and the characters are engaging. I thought the narration by Hilda Fay was superb - her voice really suited the story.
"A personal disclosure."
The amazingly gifted Tana French draws you into a fantasy world, and since that is what the book is about, in a way it is a (very) partial autobiography. I am mesmerised.
"Redrum, not in lipstick but in blood, said Rellik"
Tana French is on fire, this is a book driven by character and inner struggles, suppositions that kill, assumptions that destroy, preset ideas that derail entire lives; plot is secondary to feelings and character to dialog and atmosphere.
Four Hundred and eighty pages devoured in two days, and now I will have a hard time finding a book as interesting and absorbing as this.
Antoinette Conway the hard woman of irish detectives is such a breath of fresh air, she takes no prisoners and expects no mercy, but she is human like few characters are.
Loved this book, it is intricate and moves fast through all the gear changes and psychological wars, to snare to capture the prey that always hides in denial of their crime, and it does it all without fetishist or sadomasochistic murders, or cardboard victims, it builds real interesting people that could live next door or at least in Dublin.
Loved the book - really got drawn in to both the characters and the plot. Narration was great!
Tana French has outdone herself. This story twists and turns away from the reader so often and with such suddenness that even when you think you know the full story, you don't.
The story was way too long - it could've lost a third of the story and been much tighter! Not that much suspense. Somewhat disappointed.
"a classic, cop drama 'page turner'"
the story is engaging right from the start, a classic incident room page turner.
However, it's the performance is really excellent.
"Too long and drawn out."
I thought this book was very predicable and too long for the subject matter. It was well written but I found the characters dislikable to say the least. I think if you are employed in law and order this would appeal to you.
Eager to start this, but found the character so unpleasant, I could find no empathy with her, so, despite it being well. Ragged with brilliant dialogue, particularly in the interviews, I couldn't find a way to care about the outcome.
great story once again. a must read/ listen if your a Tana French fan.
Can't wait for more.
"cracking story but . . . .
. . . . cracking, great, greatly flawed central character, terrific atmosphere & well observed . . . . but it needs patience as the interviews are very 'real time' & very long. Still great though.
This is definitely Tana French's best book to date. The narrator was brilliant and brought the characters to life. Gripping from start to finish.
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