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gave up half way through because nothing was happening and it was going nowhere. just 200 pages of a guy fixing up his house and his old coot irish neighbor cracking jokes... did not want another 200+ pages of nothingness
This novel had all of the qualifications necessary for a well rounded interesting read. The story holds your attention, while the believable characters play out their parts perfectly. .
Yes indeed, it did meander on and on and on. And Cal was interesting enough. But the kid and the neighbor not so much. Tara French is well written escapism. This one was just not much fun to read.
Not as good as her earlier works; well-written, but without the usual twist at the beginning and the urgency that usually keeps me reading Tana French's books. This one is somewhat slow and there were several times when I wondered whether it was worth continuing. I slogged through, but can't say that the story or her characters were all that interesting.
This was such a good book. I read it with pleasure and I hope there is a sequel because there are answers to be had regarding some characters.
The book has filler and the author's wonderings that make it drag. The characters were pretty good. The author may be over-rated.
This book is very disappointing. It doesn't work as a mystery or a novel. I'm baffled by all the praise it has received. Read her Dublin Murders series instead and experience outstanding writing.
She writes well. Characters and story interesting, but she dragged it on too long. When the fate of the older brother was discovered and shared with his sibling was the place to end the book.
This started out fine, but it really started to drag. Too much about the dreary weather and the plot was glacially slow. I kept reading because of its great reviews, but it was too long and unsatisfying.
A beautifully written "fish out of water" story. Retired Chicago detective, Cal Hooper, moves to a small town in Ireland, looking to create a new life after his unexpected divorce. Soon after he arrives, a young teenager asks Cal to find the teen's missing older brother. The story builds very slowly, but I was glad I didn't quit reading. While Cal's search for a missing young man drives the plot, this is primarily a character-driven novel. Tana French is an American who emigrated to Ireland, and she uses her insights as an outsider entering Irish culture to create obstacles for Cal. Highly recommended.
Very engrossing. Well developed characters. This is my first book of hers, and I can't wait to read more.
The first I have read by Ms. French. Too much of the book is used to describe ALL of the countryside, each day, various weather. Flora, fauna, birds. The 2 main characters are good,
Couldn’t finish reading the book. Got too slow and boring. Quite a disappointment
A stunning stand-alone thriller from a master storyteller. The atmosphere sneaks up on you just like the cold of the Irish winter, and the brutality can be felt just out of view in the dark fields.
A portrait of the west country, its people and custom, by an fine Irish storyteller. Highly enjoyable.
beautifully written as always, the mystery is secondary in this story of a retired chicago cop who moves into an isolated irish village and tries to figure out their various relationships that go back generations. one can almost smell the gorse and hear the far off bleating of sheep, a few of which will end up mutilated.
This story made me want to read the book until the end. Many of the characters were engaging And I wanted to learn more about them. It was surprising how the characters developed and you never quite knew who you could trust. The brutality of some of the people in the story was shocking. All in all a pretty good read although I wouldn’t say it was a mystery or a thriller.
Tana French never disappoints. A policeman from America immigrates to Ireland hoping the quiet rural life will be the answer to his issues. But wherever I go, I take myself. He quickly is drawn into a missing person mystery which no one cares about, not even the mother. Turns out there are bad people with good motives and good people with bad motives everywhere. And even those laid back rural folk have bodies to hide
Tana French is an Irish author who has written 6 books in her Dublin Murder Squad series, as well as two standalone novels. With her most recent novel, The Searcher, she has written an American protagonist for the first time, and the action takes place in the Irish countryside, with only references to the “big boys” in Dublin.
Cal was a detective in Chicago before moving to Ireland. He’s hoping for some peace and quiet after a trying job and a divorce. It’s a wild landscape where farmers and locals know every bit of each other’s business and are suspicious of outsiders. Of course, everyone finds out quickly that Cal used to be a detective, and a local kid seeks him out for help. An older brother has disappeared, and the kid doesn't believe that he just left without saying goodbye. Cal doesn’t want to get involved, at first. He realizes already that in the small village nearby, generations of connections have woven a web that he can’t possibly understand. If he puts his nose in, there’s no telling who he might offend. Finally, he caves to the kid’s need and heartbreak. He begins asking questions, expecting to confirm that the missing 19-year-old has just run off to begin his adult life, but it quickly becomes clear that someone nearby does not want him figuring out what happened. Cal will have to choose between maintaining his peace and quiet or following the twisty trail he’s on to its end.
Not her best. Was very excited when I heard it was coming out but it was meh. Major plot twist highlighted early and could have done without the hunting and animal mutilations. Her protagonist was a cliche, divorced cop from US.
The levels of collusion kept me tuned in...the story pulls at me from many angles...the land, animals, commerce and kids. Like the author but I doubt Ireland Tourism folks would, uses her words well, not sure I would read her work again...
I miss Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad titles, and this standalone didn't entirely scratch that itch, it was a pleasant visit to rural Ireland through the eyes of her first protagonist/character from the United States.