In a gritlit genre full of police procedural novels, Tana French’s books shine bright like diamonds. They are not cheap imitations like so many others out there instead her talented writing showcases her novels as the real deal. If you want clever, insightful crime fiction, then Tana is your author.The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6) by Tana French
Published by Viking on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Psychological, Suspense
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-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?
First Line of The Trespasser by Tana French:
“My ma used to tell me stories about my da.”
My Thoughts on The Trespasser by Tana French:
- First thing you need to know is that Tana French is my favourite author.
- Second thing you need to know is that the Dublin Murder Squad is my favourite series.
- Third thing you need to know is that each book can be read as a standalone
- Fourth thing you need to know is that you need to read this series asap!
- And the last thing you need to know is that this book is every bit fabulous as previous books in the series.
Ok, that’s a lot of the need to knows out of the way, now I can get on with the review. PS – the most important point is number 4, read the entire series! And if you have the whole series to binge read, then I’m sick with jealously as I’d love to be settling down for a glorious read-in.
Set in Ireland, each book features a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. A modern Ireland, grit and all, unlike the rosy picture you might get in other novels. The Trespasser is Antoinette’s book. It depicts the struggle of being a girl boss in a male dominated environment. Messages don’t reach her, files are messed up, petty little disturbances like you might expect in a teenage drama.
But it all rings so true. Antoinette has to rise above it but also remain one of the lads and on top of that nail the murder case. In this case, I feel the crime is more the backdrop of the novel. A very entertaining backdrop that had me puzzled for a long time trying to figure it out.
Character driven books
Above all else, Tana French writes books about characters. Complex characters that absorb all your attention. And her speciality is blurred lines where it’s hard to know just what’s right and what’s wrong. All described in beautiful evocative language. Her words are like poetry but action packed poetry that has you reading as fast as you can.
In a nutshell, it’s fab!
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Who should read The Trespasser by Tana French?
I’d highly recommend this to all fans of gripping crime fiction, especially if you like to read about the tangled personal lives of the detectives on the case. Fans of previous books in this series such as The Likeness and The Secret Place should also love this. Finally if you are a fan of Harban Coben or Linwood Barclay, I’d suggest you give this series a chance to woo you.
Thanks to Viking and Edelweiss for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.