The Trespasser by Tana French

The Trespasser

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 406 Ratings
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New York Times bestselling author Tana French is “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” (The New York Times). She “inspires cultic devotion in readers (The New Yorker) and is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (Washington Post).

“Atmospheric and unputdownable.” —People 

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

In bestselling Tana French’s newest “tour de force” (The New York Times), 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?


  • The Trespasser

    By Cindy 1500
    I enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept me engrossed. The characters were well thought out. It gave me some perspective on how police solve crime. Didn’t realize how many blind alleys are involved until the truth is uncovered if it ever is.
  • Hard to finish

    By Shelby Ann Schmit
    I seem to be in the minority but I could not get into this book. I was very excited about this book because it's in my wheelhouse with an exciting mystery and a tough female lead but I was quickly let down. I couldn't connect with Antoinette at all, I was very rarely invested in what happened to her. I think the most interesting character in this book is her partner and in the grand scheme of things we see him very little. It just didn't pull me in and I think the ending was a bit dull!
  • The Trespasser

    By Silverswan2
    Tana French is one of my favorites but she missed on this novel. It was boring, went on forever about the same thing over and over and over!
  • So. Much. DIALOGUE

    By widgetores
    The plot was good enough to keep me hooked, but I got so annoyed at the incessant, overly detailed conversations. The characters all had the same way of talking which made the endless paragraphs of dialogue blur together. The last few chapters are great, but the first 3/4 of the book are sluggish and suffocating.
  • Not her best

    By PBearnyc
    Hugely disappointing, sluggish, totally predictable plot and unsympathetic, unlikable characters. I've read all of tana french's books and this one just isn't worthy of her
  • Smartly written

    By Ihabmarz
    Before The Trespasser, I have never been into Detective novels. Conway is simply a strong likable character that I read in a long time. The plot, on the other hand, is intensely suspenseful that you won't be able to resist. Just, extraordinary work.
  • Another great one!

    By gigi39
    I have enjoyed all of Tana French's books and this one is one of my favorites. I find myself fixating on the characters to try to guess who will be the main character in her next one. Here's hoping we see Fleas next.
  • The trespasser

    My god I can't believe I bought and read 300 pages of this book. The author goes into extreme elaboration over every single detail. I felt water boarded. I'm relieved for not forcing myself to finish it.
  • Just Wow!

    By BrianM8614
    Tana French is my favorite writer, just a few notches above Jo Nesbo. Her ear for dialogue is amazing. Her storylines unfold in unforeseen fashion. Each book is related in some way, mostly characters, to the previous- although the characters shift and move on and off stage. Her books are like your kids, it's hard to choose a favorite. "The Trespasser" fits the mould with twists and turns of plot and people that are hard not to either love or dislike. You don't ever figure out until the end how things are going to work out - the last few pages are always an "Aha!" moment. Tana French's only flaw is that her next novel isn't ready as soon as you finish the one you've just been reading. Fair play to you, Tana.
  • Trespasser

    By Susan, Berkeley, CA
    French is disappointing for the first time since I began reading her. If I hadn't been reading this for a book club I would have abandoned the lot of them and their far-fetched and overly detailed fantastical theories about a third of the way through. The last few chapters are densely packed with exciting and unexpected turns, but insufficient reward for the mire of the first three quarters of the book.