The Searcher

Rebecca’s Pick: The Searcher by Tana French

Cal Hooper is a retired Chicago detective who, after a divorce from his wife, moved to the countryside of Ireland in search of peace – something he hasn’t experienced in a long time.

He purchased a nice plot of land in the rural mountain town of Ardnakelty where he begins to slowly and methodically renovate an old farm house.

Life in Ireland is as untroubled as he had hoped. He’s even made acquaintances among the locals who come to accept the Yankee as one of their own.

The rooks are the only source of annoyance in his otherwise peaceful existence.

That is until he feels himself being watched one afternoon.

After a little sleuthing Cal discovers his stalker is a quiet, local kid named Trey. Cal & Trey slowly form a sort of friendship and the kid ends up enlisting a reluctant Cal’s help in finding an older brother who’s gone missing.

I don’t know if I would have felt the same about this book if I had read it myself.

The narrator, Roger Clark, was perfectly cast. He brought Cal to life in a way I don’t think my inner voice could have. Clark was able to convey the quiet confidence of Cal who reminded me more of Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke than of the swaggering John Wayne as some have said.

Clark could seamlessly switch characters changing the accents of the Irish characters just enough to really sell their personalities and bring the town of Ardnakelty to life.

Cal’s even voice coupled with the slow, but compelling story was like listening to the buildup of a thunderstorm.