The next Tana French publication always has me chomping at the bit, eager to read the latest goings on in the Dublin Murder Squad.
I was fortunate enough to get The Trespasser from the library shortly after it released. Honestly, in spite of some slow parts, I devoured it over a weekend. Rather than hash out a reiteration of other reviews and synopsis of the plot I’ll get to the pros and cons.
So, the previous book introduced Antoinette Conway and slid Stephen Moran back on to the scene. Moran was in Faithful Place as a minor character and had a bigger role in The Secret Place. I like him and hope to read more about him. Conway on the other hand was not a character I could warm up to. I just didn’t like her in the previous book so, to be honest, I was disappointed she held such a starring role in this book.
Midway through the book I thought it dragged a little. Too much talk and theorizing about gang connections (this will make sense when you read it) but then we turned a corner. The carrot is always dangling about who may have been the murderer and the guesses range from
1) The one they are focusing on is so obvious, it can’t be them,
2) If they are focusing on one person so much that it can’t be them, maybe that’s what the author wants you think and indeed…it is them,
3) You’ll be blindsided by a big revelation about 40 pages from the end and there is the ah-ha moment, the big reveal.
She has done that, a big twist, so you can’t rule anything out. By the end of the book I think I understood Conway better but I hope she won’t be in any future books. Please, Ms. French, have Conway retire. The twist at the end was good. Well written with many theories and heated discussions between the detectives.
In the latter half of the book Detective Moran uses the phrase “tickety-boo” and I immediately remembered Joy writing about this on one of the British Isles Friday posts. I’d never heard the term before and then it pops up in this novel.
Now I wait another 2 years for the next book in this series. That’s about how long it seems to take for publication. Personally I am hoping Cassie Maddox makes another appearance again. Great character but….that was a different couple of books awhile back.
Do you read the Dublin Murder Squad series and if so, what is your favorite book in the lineup?
Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday