New Suspense Author – Tana French!
A suspense author that I’ve recently discovered is Tana French. Her books include In the Woods, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor and the Secret Place. She’s won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the LA Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book award for Crime Fiction! Quite an impressive resume!
In The Woods was Tana’s debut novel. It sold over one million copies and won the Edgar Award for best first novel. The plot is gripping: in the summer of 1984 in Dublin Ireland, three children do not return from spending a day in the woods. When the police are called to the scene they find one of the missing children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood stained sneakers and unable to recall any details of what transpired during the previous hours.
Fast forward twenty years. The sole survivor, Rob Ryan is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. He’s kept what happened in his past a secret all these years. When a twelve year old girl is found murdered in those same woods, he and his partner, Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves involved in a case that bears a chilling resemblance to that long ago mystery. With only snippets of the past to guide him, Rob has the opportunity to solve both the girl’s murder and that of his own murky past.
Another novel that I liked was Broken Harbor.
The main character is Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the Dublin Murder Squad’s top detective. Mick plays by the book and plays hard, and that’s why the biggest case of the year falls right into his lap.
Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered on one of the half abandoned luxury developments in Ireland. Spain’s wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first Mick thinks it’s going to be an easy case, but then he starts running up against things not easily explained. The baby monitors pointed at holes punched in the Spain’s walls; the files erased from the computer; Jenny’s story about a shadowy intruder. Couple that with the fact that the neighborhood – once called Broken Harbor – holds broken childhood memories for Mick and his sister Dina- and you’ve got one heck of a thriller!
My favorite, though, is her most recent release, The Trespasser.
Detective Antoinette Conway finds being on the Dublin Murder Squad a rude awakening. Her partner, Stephen Moran, seems about the only one who’s glad she’s there. Her working days are a constant stream of thankless cases, pranks and harassment. Antoinette is tough, though, but even so she’s reaching her breaking point.
When she and Moran land a new case it seems like nothing out of the ordinary, a lover’s quarrel gone bad. The female victim is beautiful, well groomed, found dead in her living room next to a table set for a romantic dinner. Routine, save for the face Antoinette’s certain she’s seen the victim somewhere before.
While the squad tries to pressure Antoinette and Moran into arresting the victim’s boyfriend, Antoinette isn’t so sure. A close friend of the victim’s hints that she was in danger. And everything they find out about the victim starts to paint a not so pretty picture. Antoinette wonders: is this just another attempt to throw her off guard, or is there something darker going on?
If you like well written novels with plenty of suspense and twists and turns, then Tara French is for you! I strongly urge you to try one or more of her books!
Find out more about Tana French on her NOR Author Page: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Authors/Tana-French
While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and the Cat Rescue Mysteries from Crooked Lane! Coming soon: The Pet Shop Mysteries from Midnight Ink! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or at www.tclotempio.net