My review: 4 of 5 stars
Tana French knows how to engage the reader and tell a good story. The prose is rhythmic. The voice feels authentic. In The Trespasser, French again demonstrates her skill at getting insider her characters’ heads and understanding their psychology and motivations. In this Dublin Murder Squad book, however, I found the police procedural play-by-play a bit tedious. The office politics kept my interest though, and the interrogations succeeded in being tense and edge-of-your-seat dramatic. The Trespasser contained wit and humor as well. Occasionally I found the characters in this novel annoying due to their paranoia, but the story was still engrossing. I highly recommend the Dublin Murder Squad series for fans of crime novels and police dramas. This series is one of my favorites in the genre.
“If you want to kill someone, have enough respect for my time to make it someone, anyone, other than the most gobsmackingly obvious person in the world” (p. 26).
“Enough mud in the water can take you a long way towards reasonable doubt” (p. 115).
“If someone rescues you, they own you” (p. 256).