About the Book
Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder squad, but only just. She’s partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that’s going well – but the rest of her working life isn’t. Antoinette doesn’t play well with others, and there’s a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers’ tiff. All she and her partner have to do is track down Lover Boy and bring him in. Then it’ll be back to business as usual, watching from a distance as the real detectives go up against the psychopaths. Except when Antoinette takes a good look at the victim’s face, she realises she’s seen her somewhere before. And suddenly the conviction that there’s a different answer takes her breath away.
The first book that I have read by Tana French it is one of a series of books about the Murder Squad in Dublin. Apparently each novel concerns a different member of the squad so it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books.
Antoinette Conway is the lead detective here, she has a hard time settling into her job. Some of the other detectives give her a hard time but she also doesn’t do anything to help herself. I had quite a lot of sympathy for her partner Steve Moran.
The case they are investigating appears to be a domestic but neither of them are convinced. Some of the scenarios they come up with appear to be farfetched but as you read further and begin to work out what could have happened it becomes more believable.
The best parts of the novel for me was when the police were questioning suspects and witnesses. I found each occasion mesmerizing especially the ones that included Breslin. I loved the way that whoever they were questioning was manipulated into revealing their feelings or suspicions.
Definitely a series that I will look at more closely in the future, its great for anybody who likes police procedural fiction.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy via NetGalley.