The Trespasser: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The best-selling novel by Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher, is “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” (The New York Times). She “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker) and is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (Washington Post).
“Atmospheric and unputdownable.” (People)
In best-selling Tana French’s newest “tour de force” (The New York Times), 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 catalog-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-the-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?
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 04, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,665 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#78 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#297 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#508 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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The novel is about partners Antoinette and Stephen who are handed a case that appears easy enough to solve - a lover's tiff gone wrong. While that is the basis of the novel, there are actually several different storylines and so many moving parts to this story that you wonder how it will all weave together. French is particularly adept at writing a story that, while having many twists and turns, never comes at you like a punch in the gut. In fact, as developments occur in the novel, a part of you is left wondering how she managed to pull the wool over your eye enough that it was still a surprise, yet not such a surprise that you had to reread the novel to look for clues as to how you missed it. For this reason, there is no other author in my arsenal that I feel even comes close to her skill level as an author.
Another reason that Tana French is so gifted is because she is always able to create the most complex characters. Her characters are so raw, so deep, that you feel as if you know them. You experience every shift in their case with them; you quicken your breath when they quicken theirs; you need a moment to step away from the novel when things don’t go as planned. You want to reach through the book and tell your characters, BE CAREFUL! when you feel they’re taking unnecessary risks. French is an absolute genius at creating these real life characters whose presence in your life becomes bigger than just fiction.
I have to mention that there is a scene towards the end of the book that I read with a quickening breath and my nerves felt fried. It was as if I was there myself and the suspense leading up to the moment absolutely took my breath away. I’ve only ever experienced such emotions during real life cases I was following on the telly, or documentaries, etc.
Please do yourself a favor and read all of Tana French’s books, if you have not already. Don’t start with this one but begin with her first and then continue. The reason being is because while all of them are amazing, her writing style truly develops as she writes and therefore each one becomes better than the last.
I tried to read this book as slowly as I could, to make it last as long as I could, but I never stood a chance. I would like to thank Tana French for the joy of being able to experience yet another novel that left me speechless.
The pattern seems to be continuing one morning when she and her partner, Stephen Moran, are assigned a new case that appears to be open and shut. An attractive young woman named Aislinn Murray is found dead in her home, apparently the victim of a lovers' quarrel that has spun out of control. The two detectives bring in Aislinn's new boyfriend, Rory Fallon, and question him under the watchful eye of a senior detective who's inserted himself into the case. Fallon is obviously nervous, and there are problems with the story he tells. To the senior detective, the case seems a slam dunk and he presses Conway and Moran to charge Fallon and move on to new business.
Conway, who is the lead detective on the case, balks and insists on clearing up loose ends. As she does, she further alienates many other members of the squad and seems to be committing career suicide. But she and Moran persist and gradually become convinced that maybe this case isn't as simple and straightforward as it appears on the surface.
Like all of French's characters, Antoinette Conway is a complex bundle of ambition, hopes, fears, dreams and doubts. She carries a lot of personal baggage, and at times, she's not very likeable. But she is smart and persistent and determined to follow her own course, irrespective of where it might lead, who it might offend, and what it might portend for her personally.
The principal strength of the book for me is the way French, through her protagonist, follows this case from beginning to end. The Author has clearly done her homework, and the police procedure here, most especially the scenes in the interview rooms, rings truer than that in almost any other crime novel I've ever read. The book is very well-plotted; the characters and the action are compelling, and it's a book that's almost impossible to put down. 4.5 stars for now, reserving the right to go to 5 after a second reading.
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In her last novel in this series, The Secret Place, Tana has us reading about the partnership of Detective Antoinette Conway and Detective Stephen Moran. This pair of detectives continue into this novel but thankfully Tana is back to her usual form and structure.
The Trespasser can be read as a stand-alone. It is a first person narrative crime thriller with a linear time scale. This novel ticks ALL the boxes for me. The characterization of Antoinette is spot on and the relationship between her and Stephen is fully developed.
What I liked most about The Trespasser was the brainstorming between all the Murder Squad detectives. Some of their theories and what-if’s were private thoughts, others were spoken challenges between them. They would then move on to follow their lead. As a reader you had two options, think your own theory of who did it and whether it was manslaughter or murder - OR - just ride along with the novel as you are bombarded with countless theories and what-if’s. I liked how all these theories and what-if’s were built into the story and found it very entertaining as each possibility fully explained the death of the young woman.
There is lots of local character and dialogue which adds to the value of this book. Her vocabulary is extensive and I had to tap my Kindle screen many a time to pull up the dictionary definition.
I liked the detailing of the police procedures and the explanation of the interview techniques used by the detectives. I also liked how the characters lied so very convincingly with statements that were very hard to disprove.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Trespasser and it gets the top score of 5 stars from me. I found the story very engaging and think it would make a great television drama.
I put my Kindle down and when I took my dog out for his walk, thought about this novel and how Detective Antoinette Conway was very lucky indeed to get a solve on her case. If only the killer had done or not done this or that, they would not have been caught. Sadly this is the latest of the Dublin Murder Squad series but I hope that Tana will write another. Of the six novels, I have given five of them the top score of 5 stars. Only The Secret Place disappointed me and that was not written in her usual style. I think I have become a fan and tomorrow will be a surprise as I open my Kindle with a different author and genre.
It's seen as snobbery these days to like "literary" novels; well I'm a snob. I had a horrifying encounter with a Martina Cole novel about 10 years ago (I was in hospital, desperate for something to read....a nurse found me the Martina Cole book) If that's your thing; your taste in horrific. Tana French is everything Cole isn't.
Her protagonist in this book....as ever; just leaps from the page. Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran were used before (as per the enticing format of this series) and they are so superbly 'real' they variously infuriated this reader to genuine anger, made my heart hurt by showing tenderness or vulnerability and causing me to forgive them, made me laugh out loud (gthe dialogue is just so plausible and quick witted.) Exquisitely multifaceted protagonists throughout the series but this book is a splendid way to wrap up. French's skill at creating utterly convincing characters who paradoxically are simultaneously flawed and blessed is so skillful it's silly. Now add that to her gripping plot narrative and the joy of reading a writer who combines the old school attributes of electrifying prose that is just a veritable linguistic delight , protagonists you care for and feel you know.....and a series where the books stand as complete works alone but if you want to learn more background and enjoy the reappearances of former main guys or gals in a bit part - as French weaved it together herself - you probably want to read in order.
I usually insist on this for myself but I read a book without realising it was part of the series. I cottoned on reading a second book from the series,....wildly out of sync....duh! Later on after a very unruly reading of all the books .....I started again and read in sequence. No question (at least for me - each to their own) that ideally, read in order. However; unlike some series' whereby failure to read sequentially results in having no idea about what's going on.....Or will give all the spoilers away of earlier books; French commits none of those madly annoying faux-pas; and out on sequence you'll still get to clock the small insights littered around though it may not make sense until later. So read in order or read randomly but please, DON'T DO WHAT I LEARNED OF ON GOODREAD:A moron suggesting one read Tana's series in a different order ...to the order in which the bestselling, award winning French wrote them and labelled 1 -6. I saw some bonkers notions suggesting beginning with book 3 then 4....... because this reader thought book 1 and book 2 were divisive and might put readers off. Yeah; What with Tana topping the best sellers list.....moot point. The audacity of this narcissistic person advising readers "Well don't read Tana's first or second. Tana got this soooooo wrong! You must begin with.......Why? Well I didn't like the main character in book one and book two is a bit far fetched" I've paraphrased but I swear, that was the message and because the protagonist in book one was dislikeable (to her...) it would be "divisive' (her words) 😂😂😂😂 Such delusion.....
Thus far, aside from the Murder squad six book series'; French has also written a complete standalone called "The Wytch Elm" for folk who are interested - it's also brilliant reading. Enjoy.☺️.
The writing is excellent and very descriptive. I could really picture myself being present. It was definitely more literary than your usual police procedural or murder novel and I loved it. The characterisation was extremely good too and I got really caught up in the novel.
It's always exciting when you stumble across a book by an author you haven't heard of and end up really enjoying it. It's even better when they have a back catalogue of other books you can dive straight into as well. Total bonus.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes police procedurals or murder mysteries, particularly if you appreciate a more polished, sophisticated literary writing style.