The Searcher

The Searcher

Large Print - 2020
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"Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593342503
059334250X
Branch Call Number: [LP] FIC/FRENCH
Characteristics: 562 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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LBJXenia
Feb 15, 2021

Having read a good review of The Searcher, I wanted to like this story. However, I struggled to get through the first 30 pages and will return the book mostly unread. The story itself had potential, but the writing was immature. I felt as if I were reading a story that a talented high school student had written.

The author's descriptions were weak, almost awkward, and mostly missed their mark. The various curse words she used in the narrative felt gratuitous and forced, not realistic (as if she felt she had to use these words in order for people to like the story). Using those same words when the main character was speaking was okay because that is part of his personality.

French's attempts at description made for a choppy flow, it was difficult to imagine the scenes. I'm probably spoiled by writers such as Pat Conroy ("Prince of Tides") who knew how to compose magnificent sentences with descriptions that put the reader right there in the midst of the story.

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Aunteloise
Feb 13, 2021

I knew from the first few pages that I would enjoy this book. I would say it’s a light mystery. Being that I don’t enjoy ‘thrillers’ it just suited me fine.

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gloryb
Feb 10, 2021

An enjoyable atmospheric mystery novel set in a small village in Ireland where a retired American detective has come to retire, but gets caught up in solving the case of a neighbor's missing teen son/brother. For me, the novel was like armchair travel as I got to know the village, the villagers' lifestyle, and the landscape through the skilled writing of the author. I loved the descriptions of the Irish countryside (not fillers for me). Certainly, the descriptions of poverty for some of the people in the village was disheartening as was the description of the villagers' current problems as they realized that their way of life was slowly changing. I liked the dialog, the banter, and the relationship between the characters. The characters are sympathetic, especially the 13 year old who trusts that the retired newbie/incomer, not the Garda, will find the missing brother. Although it takes a while to get the detective on the missing person case, the author, then, slowly flushes out the needed clues from his interviews with the teen's friends, his family members, and villagers in order to solve "the case." Based on this work, I would read more novels by Tana French.

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Wako
Feb 01, 2021

A well written slow burner that really never paid off for me. French handles the characters well, with enough charm and banter to string the reader along, but the pacing of the plot is so dreadfully slow, and ultimately lacking in any surprise or catharsis, that in the end I was left nonplused. The Searcher is just not my cup of tea.

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BobConnex
Jan 31, 2021

A long way to go (450 pp) for not much. The writing is fine, with some evocative descriptions and moods of the Irish weather and countryside. A couple interesting characters, with good development and wonderful local customs and idioms. However, the story is slow-going, the protagonist's motivation to engage in this "mystery" seems strained, and the confined setting requires " a wee bitta patience." I hear French's Dublin series is very good; this is the wrong book to get started with her.

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adanielle
Jan 21, 2021

gave up half way through because nothing was happening and it was going nowhere. just 200 pages of a guy fixing up his house and his old coot irish neighbor cracking jokes... did not want another 200+ pages of nothingness

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star2014
Jan 20, 2021

This novel had all of the qualifications necessary for a well rounded interesting read. The story holds your attention, while the believable characters play out their parts perfectly. .

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kennethek
Jan 20, 2021

Yes indeed, it did meander on and on and on. And Cal was interesting enough. But the kid and the neighbor not so much. Tara French is well written escapism. This one was just not much fun to read.

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JamesMallory
Jan 18, 2021

Not as good as her earlier works; well-written, but without the usual twist at the beginning and the urgency that usually keeps me reading Tana French's books. This one is somewhat slow and there were several times when I wondered whether it was worth continuing. I slogged through, but can't say that the story or her characters were all that interesting.

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Memarge
Jan 17, 2021

This was such a good book. I read it with pleasure and I hope there is a sequel because there are answers to be had regarding some characters.

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Weezie5431
Feb 18, 2021

After his wife leaves him, Cal, a retired ex-cop leaves Chicago for small village in west Ireland. Gets involved with young boy from a derelict and shunned family, whose brother has disappeared. Very strange neighbors!

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