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Old 09-17-2019, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Just finished this the other day. Really liked it.

There are "thrillers" and there are "mysteries." They often cross streams, but in my mind, in a thriller the protagonist and antagonist are usually locked in conflict, battling it out, if not physically then at least psychologically. In a mystery, most of the conflict revolves around solving a crime, and the villain may not even be revealed until the final chapters.

The Ruin is very much a mystery. For my own personal reading tastes, I thought it could have used some pacing improvement early on, but it is so well written and the characters so endearing that I never considered setting it aside. And the author does a great job in making Galway a part of the story.

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than the last Tara French novel I tried. I get why people love Tara French. Good story. But her prose style just isn't for me.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/b...9780143133124/

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Old 09-18-2019, 12:37 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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Thanks for the recommendation, I have just ordered it from my library.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:21 PM
 
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You'll like it, and possibly a little less so, the next one called The Scholar.

Try The Confession by Jo Spain. Different, but an Irish author and quite good.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Maine
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You'll like it, and possibly a little less so, the next one called The Scholar.
I just started THE SCHOLAR. Enjoying it very much so far.
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Old 09-26-2019, 04:06 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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Thanks, I enjoyed "The Ruin" I will try the others, mentioned, soon.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:08 AM
 
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Another Irish noir, and not the noir-est, but pretty close, is Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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I just started this book. So far, McTiernan reminds me a lot of Tana French!
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Just finished The Ruin - well done; I really enjoyed it.
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