Updated: Sep 21
It’s a little dark, fairly tense and highly atmospheric.
After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a difficult divorce, Cal Hooper has retired. He thought a fixer-upper in a small Irish village would be the perfect escape. 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.
“If you don’t have your code, you got nothing to hold you down. You just drift, any way things blow you.”
“He want to punch something, but knows that would do nothing but bust his knuckles. Having that much sense makes him feel old.”
THE SEARCHER is Tana French”s latest book and it’s an absorbing and intriguing character driven novel. It’s a little dark, fairly tense and highly atmospheric. Cal Hooper drives the story and is quite an interesting and noble character. He is a smart, hard-working, thoughtful, patient and compassionate ex-police officer. His relationship with, and mentoring of thirteen year old Trey was extraordinarily special. Trey’s perseverance and determination was the light in this tragic story.
Cal’s dogged investigation into the truth of what happened to Trey’s brother, Brenden, was the nexus of the story and nicely plotted. It included a unique cast of neighbors and towns people that added depth and mystery to the search. This harrowing and thought-provoking story would make a fabulous movie. French’s vivid descriptions of the people, their actions and landscapes were phenomenal She has a way of making the scenes come alive on the page with meticulous details.
“The morning had turned lavishly beautiful. The autumn sun gave the greens of the fields an impossible, mythic radiance and transformed the back roads into light-muddled paths where a goblin with a fiddle, or a pretty maiden with a basket, could be waiting around every game and bramble bend. Cal was in no mood to appreciate any of it
“Landscape is one of the few things he knows of where the reality doesn’t let you down. The west of Ireland looked beautiful on the Internet; from right smack in the middle of it, it looks even better. The air is rich as fruit cake, like you should do more with it than just breathe it; bite off a big mouthful, maybe, or rub handfuls of it over your face.”
Published October 6, 2020
Narrated Roger Clark