The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Book - 2016
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Publisher: New York :, Viking,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780670026333
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FRE
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_ANNAL Jan 26, 2018

In this beautifully written psychological mystery two detectives on the Dublin Murder Squad face a complex case made even more murky by police department politics. Hidden motivations of both detectives and suspects are slowly revealed as the suspense builds. A great page turner of a book!

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TimeOnTarget
Dec 22, 2017

Wow. This is a strong author.

I thought the writing was very good. I also really liked the plot -- somewhat like Michael Connelly where the emphasis is on describing police work in detail and the case developing from that. (I like Connelly a lot.)

I've gotten rather tired of writers who seem to think that convoluted plot twists and "surprise" endings are the objective. Tana French is a breath of fresh air in that regard. Lots of nice detail on case development.

I would most definitely read this author. A couple orders of magnitude better than hacks like Sanford and Patterson.

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Docsdaughter45
Oct 02, 2017

I find I appear to be in the minority. I found this to be dreadfully slow and boring. Not French's best work. It is much better than Secret Place which was dreadful and I gave up reading. It was so bad that I wondered if she had actually wrote it! "The Trespasser is not anywhere as good as her previous work. This attempt is WAY too wordy. One get lost. Too much is not relevant. Tedious. One is made to think "who cares?" I did not get invested in any of the characters. The ending was unsatisfactory. When her next one comes out, following behind Secret Place and Trespasser, I MAY read in hope that it is more in line with her beginning works.

jyaremchuk Aug 29, 2017

Effective character development - I really grew to like the protagonist.

JCLHilaryS Mar 22, 2017

This is another one of Tana French's novels to move onto my favorites list. I love how French plays with perception between her characters. Detectives Conway and Moran are two of my favorites to follow so far. Antoinette isn't well liked in her squad, so she's suspicious of everyone, and Stephen is seen as the suck-up who'll do anything to be liked. The brisk pace and constantly twisting perceptions of the other characters motivations keeps the adrenaline going in this one.

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eappelbaum
Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed all the Dublin Murder Squad books, especially this one. It is a murder mystery with nuance and character development. It gives new meaning to the idea of sexual harassment on the job.

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amherst19101
Feb 13, 2017

The writing can be demanding and the plot meanders. Rather tedious actually and the momentum just never builds. Amazed Ms. French's writing has garnered so many awards. There are far better (mystery) writers out there. Though there were flashes of brilliance, I found the writing torturous and I was left feeling rather annoyed with the author. This will likely be my first and last Tana French novel.

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brangwinn
Feb 05, 2017

Irish writer, Tana French, is one of my favorite crime writers. She combines crime fiction with literary fiction. And each book she writes has an original story line. Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran are the newbies on the murder squad. Antoinette has suffered great harassment from the male detectives, who don’t appreciate an intelligent female being brought on board. She and Steven end up with the late shift and end up with what looks like a murder that should be a quick closed case of domestic violence. But the pieces aren’t fitting as well as they should, and their investigation turns into a much more sinister investigation.

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laphampeak
Feb 04, 2017

The loyalty to having a character(s) repeat might have added another half star to this rating. This was my first foray into French's writing. Her style of narrative captured my attention as would a good detective movie, taking one in and out of possibilities and opportunities to discover the truth. The story winds up quite slowly and at times I wasn't sure I'd continue. When the need to resolve reached a peak French let everything unwind to a full and complete end.

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coroboreefarm
Jan 19, 2017

One of my favourite things about Tana French's novels featuring the Dublin Murder Squad is how the supporting characters from previous novels are pulled to centre stage in subsequent books. In her latest effort, Antoinette Conway, who appeared in in French's previous novel, The Secret Place, moves into the role of main protagonist in this sixth novel in the series. As are all of French's mysteries, this is an intelligent, well put together read that demonstrates great characterization and intriguing plot development, set within the contemporary Irish social landscape.

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