⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This ended with a gut punch or two. I was struggling through the majority of this read, to be honest…but the last 25% came through in a big way. This is a #bookspin…or a #doublespin…maybe from July?! 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
This. Book. My favorite in the Dublin Murder Squad series for sure. I have one more to read but- This. Book.
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Up this week: 2 buddy reads with specific pages to read for discussion. The rest is full of possibilities- Work is busy with parent conferences & evening meetings.
I dropped Broken Harbor for now; too disturbing.
Em has been even more clingy since yesterday‘s vet visit. She has lost weight & has an impacted tooth, reddened gums- probably painful. Vet has to remove it, but due to covid he is backed up.Poor kitty! Right now she is reading with me. 😻📚
Today I am home not due to snow, but due to icy roads. Taking advantage of this unexpected extra day to read. Later if have to hope we can trick our 2 cats into their cat carriers & take them to their vet. They “run for the hills” when they see their carriers. Wish us luck!!! Lots of places to hide in this old house!
The 4th outing in the Dublin series was a cracker and the storytelling gets better + better. In this Mikey Kennedy is a lead detective back from a divorce + teamed with a rookie to investigate what appears to be a domestic family killing. With a troubled history + problematic sister the bk brilliantly mirrors Kennedy breaking down with the victim father's slide into paranoia. With the rookie Ritchie being morally judgemental a great climax ensues
Not sure how I feel about this one. I loved the police characters in the book however I felt that the book could've used a stronger edit. It felt a lot longer than it needed to be.
I am slowly making my way through Tana French‘s Dublin Murder Squad series. This one tells the story of Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy who is teamed up with a rookie to investigate a triple murder in a housing development on the decline during the recession. French centers each book in the series on a different character and really pulls you in to their backstory, adding a layer of depth that is not seen in many other mysteries I‘ve read.
“Over time, the ghosts of things that happened start to turn distant; once they‘ve cut you a couple of million times, their edges blunt on your scar tissue, they wear thin. The ones that slice like razors forever are the ghosts of things that never got the chance to happen.”
Many things can be said about 2020 and one is that this is the year I stopped saying that I don‘t really read mysteries. This series is a huge part of why. Scorcher has a new partner and a new high profile case. Three members of a family are murdered and the fourth is in the hospital but this isn‘t just a whodunnit. This is the fourth book and one that made me sad in ways I wasn‘t expecting with all of the loneliness and good intentions.
1. Born in Albuquerque, but lived most of my life in the Denver area
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
3. Cormoran Strike
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. Lady Dynamite
6. Ani Difranco
7. Navy blue or maroon
9. I just quit my law firm job actually but fingers crossed, I'll get another offer soon...
10. Not currently but someday.
I wanted to get back on the #readingenvysummerreading challenge (to finish a series!) and decided to start with book 4 of this series as recommended by BookRiot. (I read In the Woods back in 2014.) A family is found murdered and Scorcher is working with a new partner, on a case in a coastal town that holds negative memories for him. ⤵️
🎓 Oh, so much. I have a HS senior - prom, senior banquet, end of final archery season, senior trip, graduation, in-person college orientation. Family trip to Disney & Universal Orlando to celebrate her graduation. Younger daughter was supposed to do a Broadway intensive in NYC in July. So. Much. 😭
📚 Tagged and Sense & Sensibility
♥ Slept until 1pm last Saturday. 😴
This fourth installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series features Mick Kennedy from book three. As you would expect he‘s a more complex man than we‘d been led to believe, and this case - a father and two children are killed, wife in critical condition - gets under his skin like none before. As beautifully written and psychologically intense as all Tana French books are.
1️⃣ anything outside! Reading, hiking, picnics, and motorcycle riders. Hoping to start bringing those back into rotation with the sun (and still social distancing).
2️⃣ introvert for sure, but surprisingly struggling with all this home-time!
3️⃣ 16 so far! Tana French is always a favorite. I don‘t like procedural stuff usually, but hers are amazing.
4️⃣ @jb72 @MeesesPieces @Hazel2019 @Mogoeg 💜 #friyayintro
My state has put in a shelter in place order as of Wednesday. No different from what we have been doing but still a smidge scary. I was surprised by my bestie sending me a care package from her favorite indie. Just what the doctor ordered.
The function of a mystery story, most of the time, is what "Scorcher" (I can't take that nickname seriously) claims his function as a detective is in this book: to create an ordered world out of chaos. To reassure the audience that there are simple answers.
I can get on board with that sometimes, but I think what I like about French's books is that they don't do it. They're mysteries with complicated, messy endings, not always the one you want.
Not the greatest picture, but I had to make a post to say I am absolutely LOVING this book. I started it this morning, then went to work for 9 hours, then promptly came home and have been bingeing all night! I‘m on page 169 already. There‘s just been an arrest made, but I think it‘s pretty obvious it‘s not the killer since we‘re not even to the 50% mark yet. Each Dublin Murder Squad book gets progressively better in my opinion and I‘m here for it!
So good! I‘m thinking of the name of Neil Young‘s band *Promice of the Real* .......Tana delivers the real here .. The characters, the hard hit of the recession in Ireland , setting - ghost estate in Dublin , a smooth read from start to finish. My favorite Tana so far.
“ That slow- motion silence inside the amber was over : the second we stepped out of the house , before we even stopped walking quietly..... “
Still reading & this is my favorite Tana so far 👍🏻♥️💔
1. Im on my 4th Tana French .. the quote above says October.. I don‘t know where the story will take me .. but excited to be reading Tana again
2. Yes. Going to Killarney for a week late October- cannot wait
3. My little grand doll started senior infants .. year 2 in school 💕♥️
I‘m spreading the love Sherri 😘
I really wanted there to be an actual animal 😫
The story drug on a bit but great character study by Ms. French, as we‘ve come to expect.
This was an interesting one, because I found the main character so unlikeable, and I think I was supposed to. Also, it took me a long time to get a grasp on what was going on with the crime. I didn‘t guess the details of the ending until a few pages before it was revealed. Also, it has some interesting things to say about mental health.
What happens if you follow all the rules, do all the right things yet the bad tides still hit you? French weaves a melancholy tale of the sacrifices that people make; things they do for love, and out of need. While this is absorbing, I find it not as solidly good as Faithful Place, which is my favourite so far. I like that she portrays her characters flawed and long-suffering, and probes into the minds of the suspects, victims and investigators.
I really enjoyed this one. It‘s creepy and twisty enough for anyone who loves mysteries but also kind of heart breaking. I enjoyed the police officer narrating this sorry and the moral ambiguity was great. Off to find number 5!
My consumption of the Dublin murder squad continues. Don‘t judge me for the wine it‘s been that sort of a Monday! (And for #BFC I did my swim this morning and took packed lunch to work so not a total wipeout!)
Tana French tells a good suspenseful story. It struck me that a lot of the the bad things that happened in this book could have been avoided if people had only sought appropriate help at appropriate times. I guess it wouldn't have been much of a novel if that was the case, but still, let this be a warning to people who think they can deal with situations without proper help.
My favorite of her books so far. This one broke my heart in a way that is rare and worthy of some self analysis. As each detail of the plot was uncovered, I found myself tripping over new emotional hurdles. What a well crafted story. Highly recommended #tanafrench #brokenharbor