The Searcher

Tana French

fiction mystery thriller
dark mysterious tense medium-paced

464 pages | first published 2020

'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History' THE TIMES Retired detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland. His plans are to fix up the dilapidated cottage he's bought, to walk the mountains, to put his old police instincts to bed forever.

Then a local boy appeals to him for help. His brother is missing, and no one in the village, least of all the police, seems to care. And once again, Cal feels that restless itch.

Something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door.

Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don't.

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mysterious 89%
dark 68%
tense 44%
reflective 36%
emotional 32%
sad 30%
adventurous 17%
hopeful 9%
challenging 5%
funny 4%
relaxing 1%
inspiring 0%
lighthearted 0%


medium 56%
slow 34%
fast 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | No: 12% | It's complicated: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 9% | N/A: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 70% | Yes: 16% | It's complicated: 13%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 85% | No: 8% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

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