December 18, 2017

The Trespasser by author Tana French

The Trespasser by Tana French has been on several top ten 2016 literary lists, so I thought I should check out this novel. The genre is crime fiction with Dublin police detectives as the main characters, but this is not your easy-breezy detective paperback. The writing is dense with both vernacular cop talk and vivid descriptions.  I have to admit that I had to look up Irish slang words every few pages.

The main character is Antoinette Conway, a Murder squad detective who only has one work ally, her partner, Stephen Moran. We are introduced to her thoughts both calculating and paranoid as she digs into the murder of pretty blonde, Aislinn Murray.

If you can make the effort to finish this book, you will be rewarded with a tour-de-force ending. I actually turned the last page and thought, “now that was a satisfying read.” I hope you feel the same way.  Stephen King, no less, called the book “incandescent.”

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