The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Book - 2016
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"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-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?"-- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780670026333
0670026336
Branch Call Number: F FRENC-T
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 24 cm

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Docsdaughter45
Oct 02, 2017

I find I appear to be in the minority. I found this to be dreadfully slow and boring. Not French's best work. It is much better than Secret Place which was dreadful and I gave up reading. It was so bad that I wondered if she had actually wrote it! "The Trespasser is not anywhere as good as her previous work. This attempt is WAY too wordy. One get lost. Too much is not relevant. Tedious. One is made to think "who cares?" I did not get invested in any of the characters. The ending was unsatisfactory. When her next one comes out, following behind Secret Place and Trespasser, I MAY read in hope that it is more in line with her beginning works.

jyaremchuk Aug 29, 2017

Effective character development - I really grew to like the protagonist.

JCLHilaryS Mar 22, 2017

This is another one of Tana French's novels to move onto my favorites list. I love how French plays with perception between her characters. Detectives Conway and Moran are two of my favorites to follow so far. Antoinette isn't well liked in her squad, so she's suspicious of everyone, and Stephen is seen as the suck-up who'll do anything to be liked. The brisk pace and constantly twisting perceptions of the other characters motivations keeps the adrenaline going in this one.

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eappelbaum
Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed all the Dublin Murder Squad books, especially this one. It is a murder mystery with nuance and character development. It gives new meaning to the idea of sexual harassment on the job.

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amherst19101
Feb 13, 2017

The writing can be demanding and the plot meanders. Rather tedious actually and the momentum just never builds. Amazed Ms. French's writing has garnered so many awards. There are far better (mystery) writers out there. Though there were flashes of brilliance, I found the writing torturous and I was left feeling rather annoyed with the author. This will likely be my first and last Tana French novel.

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brangwinn
Feb 05, 2017

Irish writer, Tana French, is one of my favorite crime writers. She combines crime fiction with literary fiction. And each book she writes has an original story line. Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran are the newbies on the murder squad. Antoinette has suffered great harassment from the male detectives, who don’t appreciate an intelligent female being brought on board. She and Steven end up with the late shift and end up with what looks like a murder that should be a quick closed case of domestic violence. But the pieces aren’t fitting as well as they should, and their investigation turns into a much more sinister investigation.

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laphampeak
Feb 04, 2017

The loyalty to having a character(s) repeat might have added another half star to this rating. This was my first foray into French's writing. Her style of narrative captured my attention as would a good detective movie, taking one in and out of possibilities and opportunities to discover the truth. The story winds up quite slowly and at times I wasn't sure I'd continue. When the need to resolve reached a peak French let everything unwind to a full and complete end.

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coroboreefarm
Jan 19, 2017

One of my favourite things about Tana French's novels featuring the Dublin Murder Squad is how the supporting characters from previous novels are pulled to centre stage in subsequent books. In her latest effort, Antoinette Conway, who appeared in in French's previous novel, The Secret Place, moves into the role of main protagonist in this sixth novel in the series. As are all of French's mysteries, this is an intelligent, well put together read that demonstrates great characterization and intriguing plot development, set within the contemporary Irish social landscape.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jan 16, 2017

Excellent story, writing and character development. Tana French's books are to me like an epicurean meal to be savored and enjoyed. This one doesn't disappoint.

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athena14
Jan 05, 2017

I want a sequel with Antoinette and Lucy falling in love.

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