This review is written with thanks to Hodder and Stoughton and Netgalley for my copy of The Trespasser.
Antoinette Conway and Steve Moran are detectives in Dublin's Murder Squad. One morning, just as they are due to finish a night shift, they receive a report of the murder of Aislinn Murray. It looks like a straightforward act of domestic violence, but as they start to investigate, will they discover that there is more to this case than meets the eye?
When I first started reading The Trespasser, I was concerned that as the sixth instalment in a series, it would be difficult to follow. However, my worries were unfounded. I found French's writing style immediately easy to read, and the character of Conway easy to relate to. Conway is the novel's narrator, and the informal style of narration and humour inherent in the narration makes the character likeable. French also makes reference to the political environment in which the novel is set, which can be seen through the difficulties faced by Conway as a mixed race, female police officer, and this adds depth to her character.
The Trespasser is clearly a very well researched novel, and it gives the reader insight into the workings of the Police Force in Dublin. French combines the details of the investigation with complex workplace politics to create tension in the novel, which makes it a highly engaging read. There is also a twist as the investigation reaches its conclusion, which means the novel picks up pace towards the end, and is difficult to put down!
However, the fast pace which is so appealing as the novel progresses is not established immediately. The beginning of The Trespasser is fairly slow. and although it is clear that the initial focus point of the investigation is a red herring, the suspect in question remains so until relatively late in the plot. As a result, it took me some time to become fully immersed in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed The Trespasser, and I am looking forward to reading more of French's work.
The Trespasser is published on 22nd September and is available from Amazon.