By Tana French
Published by Viking
on October 4, 2016
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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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?
I’d had Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series on my TBR for some time. I keep hearing that they’re great mysteries/thrillers, which I love. While The Trespasser is the sixth book in that series, I was able to read and enjoy it without having read the others (although I’ve seen suggestions that you really should read them in order so oops).
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the story and the twisty mystery, but more than that, I really liked Detective Antoinette Conway. She’s tough and determined not to appear vulnerable to anyone on her squad, and the squad seems pretty intent on making her job as difficult as possible by constantly harassing her. Or maybe not? Is it all in her head or are the other detectives on her squad out to get her, trying to get her to fail? I loved that I wasn’t entirely certain what was going on both in terms of the mystery and Conway’s paranoia.
Tana French is an excellent writer. I couldn’t put this book down and I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series (in order). Recommended!