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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Tana French is in a class of her own. Her characters are fully fleshed out individuals with flaws and fears that avoid the usual police procedural/detective cliches yet also serve to make them highly relatable. Throughout the Murder Squad series, French effortlessly conveys the rich interior lives of her main protagonists and this offering is no exception. Her use of language creates a rhythm that plays out with both beauty and tension. A true literary crime thriller. Superb.
This is convoluted detective novel with false trails and side stories. The main character is Antoinette Conway: a tough detective up against the problems of being a woman in a male-dominated profession. She is unpopular with her colleagues who engage in silly pranks or worse try to jeopardise her work. Her only ally, and professional partner, is detective Steve Moran with whom she strives to get to the truth about a death that at first seems to be an accident but turns out to be murder. Investigations into the female victim’s life reveals several lines of enquiry and possible suspects.
I found the narrative varied in pace and interest. The best scenes are those of interviewing suspects that seem almost in real-time and ably demonstrate interrogation techniques, but the book flags at times with long meandering conversations and side issues. Though categorized as a detective novel, it is just as much about human relationships and what drives behaviour.
The narrator gives Antoinette a strong, gravelly Irish accent that is little different from the male characters and so I often couldn’t tell who was speaking and so found the dialogue confusing at times.
I’ve read four of the author’s other books and think, for example, Broken Harbour and Faithful Places are superior.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Gosh such a good listen! Avoids so many pitfalls of a tale so reliant on dialogue . The two detectives are brilliant, a woman so tough she'll rust and a likeable junior partner! Great. I don't do many reviews, only for 5 star listens.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Underwhelming narrative throughout. The plot was quite disappointing and filled with fluff. Not worth the purchase.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Good story but reader has thick Irish accent so often difficult to understand. If this is indicative of how the Irish guards and detectives treat each other then it's not a place I'd want to be asking for help.
What other book might you compare The Trespasser to, and why?
The Secret Place - also very long winded.
How could the performance have been better?
Character voices recognisable. Often the main character is thinking to them selves and it sounds like its part of the speech. I might be being picky but it is read just way too fast for me.
Was The Trespasser worth the listening time?
50/50 - I like all of Tana's books but maybe next time more of the mystery and intrigue and less of the squad room banter and rivalry
Any additional comments?
Looking forward to the next effort - perhaps take a leaf out of Peter James or Peter Robinson's books and create some more mystery.