Last August I had never read a Tana French book. I’d heard from plenty of people that her Dublin Murder Squad series is really awesome, but I just never thought to read it. Hell, I even owned the third book in the series and never thought to read it.
Finally, someone pushed me to read it in September. I went into it thinking that it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype, right? Wrong. The first book, In The Woods, lived up to the hype and more. After reading that book, I was a gonner. Not even 5 months later and I’ve read all 5 books in the series and impatiently waiting for the 6th book.
I was never going to feel the same way about life again. You may think I’m kidding. That book seriously changed my life and changed me as a reader. I thought I had high standards for good characters until I read that book.
Every book in the series is different. Not just the plot- although those are completely different from one another- but also the characters and how they are presented. I’m going to go one by one and say why I love every book in their own way and why I think you, yes YOU, should read these books.
In The Woods: Seriously the best main character I’ve ever come across. If you like a book that is more character driven with a great character arc, but not so big on the plot then this book is one you will really enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, the plot is fantastic! But Rob Ryan is seriously the perfect character.
The Likeness: Cassie Maddox, who was Rob Ryan’s partner in the first book, is the main character in this book. The plot is seriously amazing. I mean, how can you not love a book about a girl that goes undercover pretending to be a girl that got murdered to find out who killed her? This is fast paced and very twisting with a lot of interesting characters that are unforgettable.
Faithful Place: Frank Mackey was helping Cassie go undercover in book two. Book three is his chance to shine. The great part of this book was that it brought to light a lot about the class differences in Dublin and Ireland as a whole. The plot was interesting and so was the back story.
Broken Harbour: Scorcher Kennedy works with Frank Mackey in the third book and is now the main character in book four. This book had both great characters and great plot. The plot was creepy and uncomfortable in the way a car crash is. You don’t WANT to look but you know you’re going to. Scorcher’s personal life is a big aspect in this book and is just so interesting. I loved it.
The Secret Place: Stephen Moran showed up in the third book, Faithful Place, and is now helping someone in the Murder Squad solve a cold case from a year earlier. Frank Mackey’s daughter is also a prominent part in this book. Read this book. Seriously, read it. If portrays teenage girls in the best way I’ve ever seen. Better than any young adult book I’ve read. Better than anything I’ve ever read.
These books can be read out of order, but it’s fun to see the chain of characters. The books don’t give away spoilers of previous books. Scorcher Kennedy may have no idea who Rob Ryan is. I seriously love talking about this series so if you’ve read any of the books or want to read them, feel free to talk to me about them!