The Searcher – Tana French


I have read all of the previous novels by Tana French and this is definitely one of my favourite authors.

Cal Hooper is ex-Chicago cop, recently divorced with a daughter who is still living in the USA. He has moved to a remote Irish village where he is renovating the house he has bought. He needed to escape and as the novel progresses, we learn about his damaging divorce and all that went with it.

He wants a quiet life and makes a couple of friends locally. He begins to get a visitor who learns to help with the renovation, a young kid called Trey whose brother has gone missing. Trey asks for Cal’s help in finding the brother which Cal cannot resist.

In this idyllic setting we discover that sheep are having their throats cut and the locals are trying to find out who is doing this. Cal is then warned off helping Trey in no uncertain terms but he cannot stop himself when Trey turns up at his house badly beaten.

It seems that all the local people have secrets and these are revealed gradually and Cal finds himself under threat.

Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK, Viking and Tana French for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and highly recommended.




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