“Atmospheric and unputdownable.” – People

From the hardcover edition

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.


Enough said! That is literally all you need and should know before starting this stellar read by Tana French. And you might also find this advice helpful…If you start this book in the evening, be prepared to be up until all hours of the night because you won’t be able to put it down.

The Trespasser is Tana French’s sixth novel, coming after The Secret Place in 2014, and continues on with the Dublin Murder Squad. This time, the focus is on its two newer detectives,  Antoinette Conway and Stephan Moran. I have to say I didn’t read The Secret Place so I was coming in with no idea about the two detectives but I really don’t think that hindered my enjoyment in any way. This is a whole new story and it starts off with a bang.

We are immediately immersed in the goings on of Antoinette as she is the narrator of this story. And boy does she have her hands full. She’s the only female on the Murder Squad and suffice it to say not that well liked. Her only “friend” is her partner, Stephen, and they soon get called out on a seemingly slam dunk domestic murder case.  When they arrive at the scene, however, things quickly become murky; suspicions arise and people associated with the case seem to be holding things back or outright lying. Question is: WHY??

Of the many things I liked about this book, two things kept me turning the pages as fast as possible…the dialogue and the layered plotting. I can’t remember the last time I was so immersed in the dialogue of a book! I felt like I was sitting in on the conversations of all the characters…just like a fly on the wall. It was dynamic yet nuanced, sometimes sarcastic and snappy but always entertaining. I didn’t want to miss a single conversation for fear of someone letting a clue slip!

As far as plotting goes, can I just say the web that Tana French has spun is genius. We are presented fairly quickly with Aislinn’s new boyfriend as the go to suspect but is he too perfect a suspect? And why is her supposed best friend being cagey with the detectives? That’s just the tip of the questioning ,who’s lying, who’s telling the truth iceberg.

In a 2014  interview, Tana French talks about wanting to offer readers both gripping plots and good writing and questions whether she has managed to offer readers both. I say hands down, no doubt she has managed to give readers both and I for one can’t wait for the next stand alone or installment in the Dublin Murder Squad.

5/5 Stars   

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