Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.
Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.
And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette’s road. Aislinn’s friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.
Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?
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This is the first book that I finished this year, but I started it last year, so.. lol. It probably took me a month to finish it. I was actually buddy reading this with a dear friend and it’s not like the book is all that bad, but I’ve fallen into a slump and I guess this one couldn’t save me from it. This is my first one from Tana French – and my first read about Dublin Murder Squad series as well – and although it didn’t climb up my top fave books last year, I can say that this didn’t disappoint either at the very least. I’ve seen a few say though that I would’ve appreciated it more if I have read the rest of the books before this one to have a better understanding of the characters and the setting, I guess I should.
Anyway, from what I picked up, Antoinnette Conway is a bit of a newbie in Murder Squad along with her partner Stephen Moran. Her colleagues who are considered veterans on the squad is giving her a hard time in the team and her one way to either redeem herself or a way out of this pool is solving the murder of Aislinn Murray – a pretty girl with a perfect life.. or so it seems. Conway is sure she’d seen the victim before but wasn’t sure where or when or how.
The first few chapters of this book really had me entertained. I like the characters, Conway in particular is smart, strong, witty if she wanted to be, knows what she wants and gets it. I admire the attitude that even though being bullied by the guys in Murder Squad, she’s thriving and still doing what needs to be done and not sulk like some girl need of saving. I also looooove Steve! He’s a direct contrast to Conway in terms of attitude but there’s something about their partnership that blends perfectly well and I enjoy reading about them.
It wasn’t at all predictable during at least halfway through the book but some scenes during the latter part gave the twist away. Although I did enjoy a little diversions here and there, I knew it after reading a particular scene, who the suspect is. So that is why I kind of fallen into my indifferent phase a couple of chapters in the story. I felt that it was dragged on for far too long when it was already so obvious who murdered who. A few chapters before the ending though the story redeemed itself and began a bit to be a little exciting – not enough though for me to consider tagging it as one of the best mystery/crime novels I’ve read so far.
Still recommended though if you love mystery and crime novels, and I think I’ll have to read the rest of the series to see if it’s as good as the reviews are telling.
Talk to you soon! ❤