The Searcher - Tana French

The Searcher

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,663 Ratings


Best Book of 2020
New York Times |NPR | New York Post

"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 new Tana French is always cause for celebration . . . Read it once for the plot; read it again for the beauty and subtlety of French's writing." --Sarah Lyall, 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 how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision.


  • Excellent

    By Music lover 222111
    Excellent. Channels a world of isolation and shadows.
  • Amazing

    By Ibbbbaaaa
    My favorite Tana French book. Has all the elements: a excellent story, good pace, perfect amount of details & setting,
  • A quiet book

    By Toms River Shore Girl
    I enjoyed this novel immensely. Much different from her prior books but I enjoyed the character study of a man at odds with his life and the somewhat redemptive quality of a small town and helping another by finding the truth. I hope the author revisits this character and this small town in the future.
  • Meh

    By 19ron57
    My first Tana French novel. After reading a great deal of hype, I was somewhat disappointed. I like the writing style but the story was nothing special.
  • The Best Kind Of Novel

    By Eye Full Tower
    Atmospheric and compelling. The characters seem to step out of the bog, and speak to you in a dialect that didn’t even know you could understand. It really gives you a whole new perspective on what’s going on in the small villages across Ireland, or anywhere for that matter. It’s a page turner that deserves to savored. I am looking forward to reading Tana French’s other novels.
  • The Searcher

    By Georgie2018
    This author develops her storyline slowly using very lyrical content. At times, the plot line sags but overall, a good read
  • Ok

    By marfy17
    I like the relationship between trey and cal but the book was pretty boring and the investigation was stupid
  • Plot 4, characters 6

    By Auggie's Man
    As one reviewer said, “Read it through for the story, then again for the writing.” Couldn’t have said it better. After I read another of hers I might come back to reread this one.
  • I usually love her stuff

    By T Ferfuson
    But this book was not it. I trudged through pages and pages of nothing happening only to get to a very boring ending. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn’t. Skip this one imho.
  • What’s the point?

    By stone crap
    I’m not sure about this new genre of Ms French which I guess I can only describe as crime drama gone awry. It’s different, for sure. Very unfulfilling for me as a reader