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  1. I absolutely love tales of the childhood/evil forest/deep mystery/revisited in adulthood variety (Stephen King's It, Stephen Irwin's The Darkening...) and now I can add Tana French's debut novel to that list. 20 years ago, Rob Ryan was playing in the woods near his home and something awful happened. Out of the three friends, he was the only one to come back out of the woods. Now he's a police detective and he's been called back to his childhood stomping ground as a child's body has been found by archaeologists working in the forest site. He has changed his name and hopes that no one reali
  2. This was the book of the month in Waterstones, and had breathless praise on the cover from writers and reviewers who I respect. It was an interesting premise: a crime novel from the perspective of the victim. And I do enjoy a novel with a big rambling house at the centre. Tana French can write a great sentence: the problem was that she wrote too many of them. It just went on and on. It started, eventually, with the central character, Toby, being a victim of a beating during a robbery (it even took a while to get there). He then goes to live with his ailing uncle in the family home,
  3. Our library has been lucky enough to get a set of Tana French's new book The Secret Place as uncorrected proof copies. Looking on Amazon I see it is available from 24th August. It's quite a tome, 518 pages and for me quite painful for my arthritic hands to hold, but I could not put this book down. The construct covers one day. This one day starts with a young girl from a very expensive private school in Ireland calling into the local police station to talk to a detective that she knew for two reasons. Firstly, her father works within the police and secondly, she had been a witness to a
  4. I have read several Tana French books over the years and my enjoyment ranges from "quite a lot" to "wow! excellent book." This book falls into the "quite a lot" category, but that still means I recommend reading it. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy is an established, well-thought-of police detective in the Dublin Murder Squad. He is assigned a new case and a new partner, neither of which is as it seems. The case involves the murder of the father and 2 young children and the attempted murder of the mother. The family is living in a poorly- and partially-built development way outside of Dublin.
  5. French has sealed her place in my heart as one of my favourite authors. She is a skillful and inventive writer who writes excellent crime novels based around strange cases dealt with by a police division Dublin. In The Likeness, I did have to suspend disbelief, but that was fairly easy to do when you trust an author to simply tell a tale well. Det. Cassie Maddox, when she was an undercover cop, used an undercover alias Lexie Madison and invented her entire back story. Now she is called to the case of a murdered girl. A Lexie Madison who is the spitting image of Cassie. Her division h
  6. Tana French has written two previous novels that I really enjoyed and am surprised not to find reviewed here, In the Woods and The Likeness. I liked both of them a lot and was looking forward to her third book, Faithful Place, which just came out this summer and which I read on my summer vacation. I liked this book a lot, but it wasn't quite up to the other two. My recommendation is that you read the other two and then go ahead and read this one. Like the other two books, this mystery has roots deep in the past. In this case, the central mystery is one that no one knew was a mystery fo
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