The Trespasser by Tana French
Release Date October 4, 2016
The Low Down from Goodreads
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?
This was my first Tana French novel. I definitely need to get with the program, right? This book is #6 in her Dublin Murder Squad Series. I’ve got two of her novels at home that were HIGHLY recommended by a former patient of mine & I’m moving them up the TBR pile after reading this.
I can’t elaborate too much on the story because it is complicated, detailed & intricately woven together. It starts simple enough with a dead gal in an apartment that seems like a domestic crime. But as the 2 detectives piece together the clues, it becomes a real challenge for Antoinette & Steve to sort through all the possible scenarios. French’s writing style takes the reader through every twist & turn & this includes some great dialogue amongst the Murder Squad. If you enjoy police procedurals & love Law & Order I would think this would be up your alley. This book is over 450 pages, (a bit long for me) & requires some dedication & patience from the reader. The pay off is the cast of well written characters. I mean, Antoinette is one tough & ballsy detective- she’s someone you won’t soon forget. She was definitely my favorite part of the book. I can’t imagine fans of French’s work would be disappointed with The Trespasser. It delivers a well crafted mystery as promised.
Special thanks to the First to Read program through Penguin Random House for the Advanced Readers Copy.