The Searcher - Tana French

The Searcher

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 261 Ratings


A New York Times Bestseller

"This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet...its own kind of masterpiece." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

A "taut, chiseled and propulsive" (Vogue) new novel from the bestselling mystery writer who "is in a class by herself." (The New York Times)

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.

"One of the greatest crime novelists writing today" (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don't.


  • Started out but landed flat

    By SparkleCookie
    Not a fan of this one it started out interesting enough but then started stinking it up and never recovered
  • The Searcher

    By Ihave4cats
    I was truly excited to buy French’s new novel! However, an Irish Western with an American protagonist is a dull read. I’m halfway through & forcing myself to finish. Cal is boring & predictable, Tre a stereotype of “poor Irish families.” DO NOT recommend buying this, a real dud from an excellent author.
  • Slow moving

    By S4C4K4J4
    Story moves slowly. Subtle anti police message. Horrible ending.
  • The Searcher

    By Artymusician
    I enjoyed reading this even though I’ve never liked Westerns. Cal and Trey are great characters, but I prefer this author’s other novels. I don’t think I’d like to live in that place, either, but must admit having a group of neighbors willing to do whatever it takes to keep out Dublin gangs to keep the neighborhood safe is tempting. Reminds me of those Charles Bronson movies where he provides vigilante justice.