I don’t generally read many mystery books, but this one was recommended to me by our Whodunit Book Club, a group that has been reading mysteries toget...moreI don’t generally read many mystery books, but this one was recommended to me by our Whodunit Book Club, a group that has been reading mysteries together for about six years. They were unanimous in their assessment of this book – it’s a fabulous read with great depth that will interest those who aren’t the traditional mystery reader.
In 1984, two children disappear in a Dublin suburb leaving behind the third of their group – a boy who was with them on that summer afternoon but was found, alive but covered in blood, with no recollection as to what had happened to himself or his friends. Fast-forward to the current day when Detective Rob Ryan, the little boy whose friends were never found, is investigating the murder of a twelve-year old in the same small town that he grew up in. Similarities between the disappearance of the two children nearly two decades before and the new case are striking, but Ryan’s personal interest in the case leads to his slow decline as an investigator.
I’d highly recommend this debut novel. I’ve also been meaning to check out French’s second book, The Likeness, which could roughly be considered a sequel to In the Woods, but actually follows the story of Detective Ryan’s partner, Cassie Maddox.(less)
This is the third book in French’s series of murder mysteries set in Ireland, but you definitely don’t need to have read the other two to enjoy this o...moreThis is the third book in French’s series of murder mysteries set in Ireland, but you definitely don’t need to have read the other two to enjoy this one – it stands alone. Frank Mackey had been all set to run away from home with the woman he loved, leaving behind the family and town that had done nothing for him his whole life. Frank’s girlfriend never arrives and he spends the next twenty-two years wondering what happened until he receives a phone call one day that drags him back to the life he has long since abandoned. (less)
I’m a little bit obsessed with Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad series. And by a little I mean a lottle. Enough that I just made up that word....moreI’m a little bit obsessed with Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad series. And by a little I mean a lottle. Enough that I just made up that word.
Here’s what I love: French started with a really solid mystery, In the Woods, which told the story of Rob Ryan and his investigation into a murder that was eerily similar to an event that had occurred during his own childhood. French’s next in the series, The Likeness, drops Rob and picks up with an investigation that his partner, Cassie Maddox, becomes intimately involved in. French continues to wend farther and farther from her original story, so that, while they all tie together, each could be read as a standalone novel, or in any order.
This holds true with her fourth in the series, Broken Harbour. Scorcher Kennedy (first seen in book #3, Faithful Place), along with his rookie partner, Richie, are summoned to the small town of Brianstown to investigate the attempted murder of an entire family in their home. With the wife left in critical condition, the husband and two young children dead, strange holes in the walls, and video monitors set up throughout the home, Scorcher’s investigation is anything but a closed case.
Interwoven into the narrative of the investigation are reflections on Scorcher’s own family and his childhood summers spent at the ocean town of Broken Harbour, since renamed Brianstown, and the event there that changed his and his sister’s lives forever.
French weaves a book together that is part police procedural, part psychological thriller, and all fast-paced, page turning goodness. Read this one, read them all. I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for a 5th in the series. (less)
I didn’t discover Ender’s Game until my early 20s, when we found each other and fell in love. After that, I read the first two sequels in the series (...moreI didn’t discover Ender’s Game until my early 20s, when we found each other and fell in love. After that, I read the first two sequels in the series (Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide) which I enjoyed, but didn’t want to get sucked into an epically long series (now 14 books long) when there are so many other wonderful books to read. Until, that is, I heard that Card was writing a prequel to my beloved Ender’s Game, covering the time directly before the Formics arrived in our solar system
Earth Unaware follows three separate stories; that of the ship El Cavador, home to a family of Venezualan free-miners, which becomes closely intertwined with the story a corporate ship captained by Lem Jukes, son of the notorious (and incredibly wealthy) Ukko Jukes of Juke Limited, and finally, that of Wit O’Toole, head of the Mobile Operations Police (MOPs) an “elite international peacekeeping force,” as he seeks new recruits for his team.
When an object is picked up on El Cavador’s radar moving very fast and toward Earth, the residents of the ship know two things; that whatever it is can’t be human, and that it could change the future of human civilization as they know it. Their long-range communication devices are down thanks to a recent skirmish with Lem Jukes’ ship, which is now, ironically, the only one that El Cavador is close enough to spread the news to.
Earth Unaware tracks the actions of both ships as they try to relay word of the alien ship to Earth, and of the MOPS, as they attempt to anticipate the unexpected and to prepare for anything. If you’ve read Ender’s Game, I think you know what’s coming… (less)