The Searcher was another of Tana French's novels which had me hooked from the start. I loved the setting and having been fortunate enough to visit Ireland a few times, she nailed the atmosphere. The dialogue, the way the chill and cold was described as seeping into your bones, the banter at the pubs - loved it.
These charatcers were brought to life and I felt I was in the room when they were talking in the pub or at Cal's cottage. Cal Hooper was a likeable enough character and while he could be villager in a future novel, I don't see him as playing a major part as a detective coming up. I mention this as I saw some reviews which expressed interest in seeing him in an upcoming novel. I just don't see how that could work.
He is after all a retired American detective trying to find peace and quiet in beautiful Ireland. A child named Trey seems to stalk him and eventually asks Cal to investigate the disappearance of Trey's older brother. He agrees and while it seems an unlikely scenario for an American to involve himself in an investigation all on his own, it all plays out to a satisfactory ending. You get some surprises and if you didn't like Witch Elm, her last book, you'll be glad this plot and set of characters was an improvement.
That being said, I much prefered the Dublin Murder Squad series and long for Tana French to return to those type novels. I loved the way a minor character in an investigation was given a bigger role in the next book. Give me Frank Mackey, Cassie Maddox, Rob Ryan and Stephen Moran again.
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