When Aislinn Murray is found dead in her home, alongside a table set for a romantic dinner, it seems like a classic case of “the boyfriend did it” to Detective Antoinette Conway. But further exploration of Aislinn’s past and cryptic clues from her close friends seem to point to something more sinister, along with the nagging feeling Antoinette had met the victim before. The core story of The Trespasser was a decently engaging mystery, with an end that I didn’t fully see coming, but didn’t feel pulled out of nowhere, if some of the details were a bit hard to […]
I’ve read several of the Dublin Murder Squad books, and I really like most of them so I feel confident saying this is probably just a misstep from Tana French, at least for me, because I really had a hard time getting through this one. This one follows Detective Antoinette Conway, who is partnered with Stephen Moran (who was the main character of the last DMS book I read, The Secret Place). Conway transferred over from Missing Persons, and Murder Squad was always her goal but now that she is there it’s… not so great. She is being harrassed by […]
One of the best parts of reading Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books (and there are many best parts, I’ve gotta say) is that you can dive into any of them and get nearly the full experience and feeling even if you haven’t read all of them.
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the Dublin Murder Squad. One thing I like about Tana French is that she isn’t as prolific as many mystery writers are, making it fun to reacquaint oneself with the setting and some of the characters. I didn’t like the last book, The Secret Place, quite as much as earlier books, partly because the story was all about teenagers and that I found detective Antoinette Conway too angry and paranoid. I wasn’t sure what to expect when she turned out to be the narrator of this book, except to know that […]
2016 was a shit year, no doubt about it. But perhaps the least shitty thing to come out of it was my love of Tana French. I won’t even apologize for gushing about her so much guys. If you haven’t read her books, you can’t understand. I read her first book way back in January and finished up her last one in December. It’s a tough call, but The Trespasser is the best of the bunch and that’s really saying something. Reallllllly saying something. I don’t give out a lot of true 5 star ratings, but this one deserved it. […]
It’s almost ridiculous how easy she makes it look, writing a book this good. I don’t even know what to say anymore about her books. They are all just so, so good. And the way she jumps from character to character each book gives her room to play around with different structures and themes, and yet still stay within the framework of a murder mystery novel. I love murder mystery novels, but I don’t love these books because of the mysteries (although I don’t think her style would work as well in any other genre). I love them for the […]