Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 Stars
The Trespasser is the latest installment of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. For those not familiar with the books, it is a fantastic series of murder mysteries featuring detective in Dublin PD''s murder squad. Each book is from the point of a view of a different detective that is normally introduced as a secondary character in the previous book.
This book features Antoinette Conway, a woman who always dreamed of being a murder detective but has been stuck solving easy cases and is regularly harassed by her co-workers because she is the only woman on a squad that believes women have no place there. When she and her partner are assigned to the murder of Aislinn Murray, they are expected to wrap it up as quickly as possible despite something seemingly off about their #1 suspect. As the case continues, lines become blurred and Antoinette questions whether someone really does want her off the squad or if she is just paranoid.
This book is another stellar addition to the series but it is much darker. Antoinette is, by design, not the most likable of characters. She is angry to the point of near rage. She is jaded and mistrusting, which is only marginally offset by her partner's boyish enthusiasm. Still, Tana French knows how to write detailed characters and engrossing plots. I highly recommend the series but would caution readers to start with one of the earlier books (no need to read in any particular order) before delving into this one.