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The Trespasser by Tana French
Mystery

The Trespasser

by Tana French

Quick take

An intricately-plotted thriller and a love letter to strong-willed women.

Why I love it

Gaby Dunn
Just Between Us

Tana French’s novels about the Dublin Murder Squad are among the most unique and beloved of contemporary crime fiction series. Rather than feature the same hero over and over again, in each book a new detective takes center stage. This allows the tone and perspective to change, even though the fast-pacing and intricate plotting remain consistent.

The Trespasser, the sixth novel in the series, comes with a fresh edge: not only is protagonist Antoinette Crowley a woman (the only one on Murder Squad), she’s a mixed race woman. Working on the Squad is Crowley’s dream and she’s damn good at it, but she has to be 'œfour times as good' (as the writer Roxane Gay would put it) as her white male co-workers. So while her colleagues waste their time pissing in her locker, stealing her witness reports or otherwise trying to intimidate her, she can’t afford to be shaken'”she must handle her cases with the utmost, jaw-clenching seriousness.

Antoinette’s case is a seemingly routine domestic murder that, as they tend to do in great thrillers, becomes way more complex than it originally seems. And the victim, or what we learn of her in life, is a fascinating, twisted woman in her own right. Antoinette puts on a brave face, but might be flawed narrator as well '“ is she being paranoid, or are her co-workers actually trying to impede her investigation? Come for the cool women and their complicated stories, stay for the hilarious descriptions of entitled men.

The timing for this novel could not be more apropos, as our country is poised elect our first female president. Now, I’ve never investigated a murder (or run for president!), but the micro and macro aggressions that plague Antoinette at work feel more than relevant to my own life. I’m a woman working in entertainment and on the internet. When I post a video to my YouTube channel, I can guarantee comments about my weight, my hair, my tone of voice, my anything '” I have to be as determined and single-minded as Antoinette to get my job done.

The Trespasser is a love letter to strong-willed women, and when I finished it I felt seen. Validated. Depicted. You should read it if you love intricately-plotted thrillers. You should read it if you love Tana French. And you should read it especially if you, like me, work in a sexist field and want to experience how thrilling it is when we not only succeed, but we take the fuck over.

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  • Indian Trail, NC

    Tana French's writing is so smooth its like liquid. A thick honey-like plasma that oozes in and dribbles down into the crevices of your gray matter, reminding you precisely why it is you love to read.

  • Angels Camp, CA

    This was a great departure from the Dublin Murder Squad books Tana French is known for. It hasn't gotten the greatest reviews, but I was caught up in the story and the characters and enjoyed the read

  • Portland, OR

    The setting, the characters (especially the main lady), and the story - I loved it all! This was a "can't put it down!" status... difficult for me to have in my busy life these days, but so worth it!

  • Vancouver, WA

    Tana French is an excellent writer and she really delivers with The Trespasser! I love how she writes of the same squad, a different point of view each time. She keeps you interested until the end!

  • Ringwood, NJ

    I loved this book so much I started reading the rest of the Murder Squad novels in the series. I highly recommend for those who are fans of crime and mystery novels. Very well written and enjoyable!

  • Erie, CO

    The guilty party isn't who you think it is so it's fun to follow along with the detectives as they follow lead after lead trying to get to the truth. It could have been shorter with less dead ends.

  • North Hollywood, CA

    I had never read a book by French before. In general, mysteries aren't my thing, but the strong characters in this book, woven with French's beautiful writing, had me hooked. I couldn't put it down!

  • San Francisco, CA

    If you don't know Tana French, you are missing out. French is one of our times greatest mystery writers. Her writing is methodical, detailed and deliberate, she is truly the queen of the slow burn!

  • Star, NC

    The Irish profanity was excessive. The story could have probably been told in way fewer pages. That said, I still loved it! It was both plot and character-driven and kept me guessing till the end.

  • Yellow Springs , OH

    As all Tana French books, this is a masterpiece. It can be read as a standalone but i recommend reading it alongside other Dublin Murder Squad books as they work together to tell a larger story.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    Loooooooooooooooove Tana French! This, along with all her other books, have never let me down. Keeps me on the edge of my seat and always hard to put down once I've started! Serious page turner.

  • Henrico, VA

    A riveting mystery with strong characters. The action really builds to a surprising yet satisfying conclusion. I would definitely reccomend this book & I look forward to reading more from French!

  • Fayetteville, AR

    An excellent choice for my first Book of the Month Club book! While I had not read any of the previous books in the series, I did not feel lost. I loved the suspsense and can't wait to see more!

  • Sacramento, CA

    I'm not usually a fan of mystery novels but this one has a kick-ass female protagonist and the revenge in it is so...effing...satisfying. It's also written really well. French's voice is unique.

  • St. Louis, MO

    It starts off slow but by the end I couldn't put it down. A wonderful crime thriller. A poignant portrait of a strong woman navigating a man's world as she embarks on her own emotional journey.

  • Tucson, AZ

    This book is large and the story can be a bit slow. That being said, I love this book. It addresses misogyny (which not a lot of detective books do), and the characters are complex and dynamic.

  • Brighton , MA

    I loved this book. Tana French has always written engaging sleuth fiction but the political and gender roles in this particular novel took it to the next level for me. Would highly recommend!

  • Hummelstown, PA

    One of my favorite authors... the case kept you thinking, the power certain individuals hold on a person and the dedication of those that know what is right!!! Thank you again Tana French!!!

  • Porter Ranch, CA

    Tana fucking French. I don't know how she does it but every book is more thrilling and intense and complex than the last. She just gets how truly fucked up people are, esp to women. Read her.

  • Lakeland, FL

    I loved that the story was in Dublin and was able to get a peek into their use of the English language. It was well written and just when you thought this detective duo were falling short...

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