Spotlight Author: Tana French
Today on the blog I’m posting for the first time about one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve always been an avid reader, but recently I realized that I’ve been spending a lot of my free time watching Netflix. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this. However, in an effort to break this habit, I’m working on swapping my laptop screen for printed pages more often. In hopes to inspire others to do the same, I’m sharing the books that have made this easiest: Tana French’s mysteries.
I was first introduced to these books when I read The Secret Place. I was taking a class on women, crime, and representation. Tana French is an Irish author who’s books are full of poetically detailed scenes, expertly crafted characters, and mind-blowing twists you never saw coming. They’re the type of book you read long into the night, ignoring the time and any commitments you have in the morning. What’s also great is her first book is ten years old. This means you can get the majority of her collection used on Amazon for only a few dollars! I’m also pretty sure I got four out of six for a little over twenty. I would highly recommend diving into these books, especially if you’re looking for a captivating, summer read.
The Secret Place follows Detectives Stephan Moran and Antoinette Conway as they reopen a case that’s gone unsolved. However, this murder, involving a group of privledged teens, turns out to be far more myterious than originally imagined. Switching perspectives between detectives and schoolgirls, the truth is hidden from the reader. Then, at the perfect moment, you finally figure out who is really lying.
The Likeness follows Detective Cassie Maddox as she goes undercover to discover the circumstances surrounding a young woman’s death. This young woman, however, happens to be her doppelgänger. Maddox becomes emerged in the dead girl’s life, forming bonds with her housemates and breaking rules, leaving her open to great danger.
In The Woods follows Detective Cassie Maddox and her partner Rob, who has secrets of his own, as they work to solve the murder of a twelve year old girl. However, when connections between Rob’s past and this new murder emerge, the reader is pulled deep into the mystery, layer by layer.