The Searcher

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tana French
Narrator: Roger Clark
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: October 2020
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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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.

Reviews (6)


Written by Jane L. on December 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The most boring book of the season. Why would I ever believe The NY Times List??? Even the narrator became irritating. So sad to waste my time and money.

Written by on December 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Love all of her books but this one doesn’t even sound like her. It sounds more like a travelogue to fill up space. I would not recommend it.


Written by Berva Lorraine H. on November 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed the book and learned a few things about Ireland and it’s customs. The story was believable and the characters were well developed. Narration was great too! Different voice for each character. Good mystery. I love Tana French. I was drawn to her because my sister’s name is Tana, and it is an unusual name.

Written by Katherine K. on November 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really like Tana French and have read all her books. This one seemed more plain to me. There wasn’t as much dark twists and flawed human in-depth personality exploration that she is known and I was expecting. I was hoping this was going to be a good Halloween-timeframe listen but didn’t end up that way. This was good, just not great. The narrator was fantastic however so it was definitely overall enjoyable.

Written by Susan F. on November 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Pretty good as a murder mystery, but did lag somewhat in the beginning. I liked the humor sprinkled in, and the narrator had a great Irish brogue.

Written by Cassie J. on October 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Narration was great. Book not so much. I was expecting a psych thriller. Was not at all, could’ve been about half the length - or less

Author Details

Author Details

French, Tana

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is a trained actress.