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?
The Trespasser by Tana French
Publicaton Date: October 4, 2016 by Viking
When I initially read In the Woods several years ago, I enjoyed the book, but for whatever reason, not enough to continue on with French’s future releases. When The Trespasser was released, it wasn’t possible to be anywhere on social media without being smacked in the face by people’s rave reviews and utter excitement for all things Tana French. Since I never do things half-assed, I chose to start from the very beginning and give all her books a second chance and I’m extremely glad I did.
While I felt slightly let down after reading The Secret Place, my absolute love for Broken Harbour didn’t allow for any hesitation before picking up The Trespasser. I’m happy to say that French’s still holding on strong and The Secret Place was just a little blip in a series of amazing crime novels.
All the details that I loved about her other books are present in her newest release. Detective Conway is such a badass female lead and her narration did not disappoint in the slightest. The chemistry that I loved so much between Ryan and Maddox in her first novel is a key point to The Trespasser with Conway and Moran and it made my reading experience that much more enjoyable.
In true Tana French fashion, The Trespasser is a dense read, but there’s nothing boring about how slowly things unfurl as the plot becomes more complex with each chapter. French also manages to create such a multilayered story that leaves the reader questioning everything happening right alongside Conway and that’s an aspect of French’s writing style that I absolutely LOVE.
While I’m sad there isn’t another French novel for me to immediately pick up upon finishing this one, her writing has given me a newfound appreciation for crime thrillers and I’m only hoping that other authors will be able to live up to my expectations until I am able to read the next Tana French book.