The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Book - 2016
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New York Times bestselling author Tana French 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 bestselling Tana French's newest "tour de force,"* 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?
Publisher: New York :, Viking Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670026333
Branch Call Number: MYS FRE
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 06, 2019

I love murder mysteries and this is the second book I’ve read by Tana French. I liked the first one, “In the Woods”, better than this one, perhaps because I just couldn’t warm up to this book’s main character, Detective Antoinette Conway. She is clever, insightful, and determined, but also abrasive and rude, even to her partner, who puts up with it. The plot has lots of twists and turns and the author does a great job of weaving in all the details. I agree with another reviewer who said that French’s writing is something like Michael Connelly’s, as he also focuses so much on the ins and outs of police work. I will definitely be reading her other books.

Feb 17, 2019

This is the first book I've read in this series and not usually the genre of book I read. It took me a bit to adjust to the Irish dialogue (which sets the perfect tone ) and the almost minute to minute progress. Book almost totally follows Detective Antoinette and her thought process as she and D. Moran solve this case. I felt myself adopting her slight paranoia in the middle of my home renovations. French won me over and I throughly enjoyed this book. It moves right along w/ great investigative detail but it thankfully I was still able to sleep. Antoinette solved her case/project much more quickly than me! I give French high marks for her writing such fine details, facts, figures names, timing etc and seemingly gets it all straight.

Jan 31, 2019

It didn’t take me more than 100page to get over loving and hating sensations from slang slinging and narration nagging. Once I got used to it, the plot never ceased to divert my guessing.
With residual doubt on Ash’s credibility I still hold, quite a achievement to make all characters normal and genuine human being without interference of psycho, mental, and pure evil.

Jan 17, 2019

This may be my most favorite Dublin Murder Squad book yet! (I know, I've said that before) Rather than atmospheric and creepy, this one is psychological (and yet also a thrilling whodunit). It centers on Antoinette, who we were introduced to in the last book via Steven Moran. As a woman who has been shoving her way into a boys' club before (in music, for me), I could relate enough to Antoinette's hassles to be totally pulled into her paranoia. Her shifting perspective as the book progresses makes a lovely parallel to the shifting mystery driving the action. Overall, totally satisfying from start to finish.

Dec 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable. Almost a word by word, moment by moment read of 2 police detectives looking at - first glance - a lovers spat gone wrong. Of course it's more than that but French keeps us guessing and reading furiously 'til the end.

Nov 23, 2018

This is an amazingly absorbing book. The Irish idioms and references only add to the quaintness and interest in this murder mystery. Tana French is a master at depicting the beleaguered heroine/detective Antionette Conway and I truly grew to like her more and more as the book progressed. The supporting characters are wonderful. Great read!

Oct 06, 2018

My first...and by this author. I found it excessively long and boring. Couldn't finish the book without skipping most of the last half . Just couldn't get into the female detective's character. Rather crude for a female, I thought. The story just didn't have momentum.

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 26, 2018

While this is the sixth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, author Tana French accommodates readers (like me) who want to jump in and test the waters without having to commit to an entire string of mystery novels. The Trespasser is gritty, suspenseful and unpredictable…good enough to tempt me into reading other books in this series.

Jul 15, 2018

I do not read many mysteries but prefer those where the social and political context is part of the story. Furthermore, although French lives in Dublin, Ireland was not really present in the book. Nevertheless, "The Trespasser" is very readable.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 26, 2018

In this beautifully written psychological mystery two detectives on the Dublin Murder Squad face a complex case made even more murky by police department politics. Hidden motivations of both detectives and suspects are slowly revealed as the suspense builds. A great page turner of a book!

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 26, 2018

Ah, background checks, I say. The foundation of every beautiful romance.

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