Favorite Authors Books Ranked ~ Tana French

Posted April 6, 2017 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions, Features / 31 Comments

This is a feature where I will rank all the books I have read by favorite authors.
I stumbled onto Tana French when someone mentioned her at a family event. I checked my library and they had two of her books so I started with one of them and loved it. Then I realized it is a series and I had started with book 2 – oops!! Honestly, I read it without being bothered that it was out of order. They can all kind of be read as a stand alone since they each follow a detective from the Dublin Murder Squad but some history from the past books is woven into each book. Her books are slower and deliberate but still somehow keep me super interested and turning the pages. This is definitely one of my favorite series that I (im)patiently wait for each new book to come out.
Let’s get to the ranking!

#6

This was my least favorite of the series. It was slow and focused so much on Frank Mackey’s past I wasn’t as interested. Still, it was a solid book and I know a lot of people loved it.

#5

This is the first book of the series although I read it second. I liked the characters – especially Rob Ryan, our main person, and Cassie Maddox –  and the mystery was really good. The woods setting as well as added to the feel of the book.  However, the ending wasn’t my favorite.

#4

While this followed the same kind dual story – one of the detective and one of the actual mystery – like the others this one was more focused on the mystery. I think it was a really good mystery that kept me turning the pages.

#3

The Secret Place brings in Frank Mackey’s daughter as part of the mystery with a different detective, Stephen Moran. I loved that the mystery was around a group of girls and a murder at a school. I liked that we had Frank Mackey back in a different role here as the father of one of the girls. Plus I really liked Stephen Moran.

#2

This is Tana’s latest addition to the series. It was totally worth the wait too. We followed Conway – who had showed up in The Secret Place as well as getting a lot of Stephen Moran. While the mystery was a good one I liked that it was a lot of focus on the Dublin Murder Squad in itself and the something that happened a long time ago that connects to the current mystery. I also loved following a woman detective again.

#1

While this was the second book in the series it was the first one I read. Cassie Maddox is the main detective we follow here in a really interesting and unique case where she is undercover in a house of a group of friends. It was all so interesting – the connections and relationships within the friends, the mystery of the murder she is investigating as well as the presence of Frank Mackey. I was just so hooked after this book and have a special connection to it. I might need to do a reread soon.

Do you like Tana French? What is your favorite of her books?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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31 responses to “Favorite Authors Books Ranked ~ Tana French

  1. I’ve never read any of her books but I’m beginning to get very tempted. I tend to shy away from series. I feel obligated to read all the books in the series if I start one but hate making that kind of commitment. It’s self-imposed silliness, really. It’s not like the Series Police are going to come and arrest me…

  2. I’ve been wanting to try Tana French ever since seeing The Secret Place (I think it was) on Trish’s blog Between My Lines. In The Woods is another one that appeals to me. I’ll probably read one of those two to start with even if it’s out ot order. 🙂
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  3. I’m planning on reading In the Woods in October because French is an author I’m almost mad at myself for not reading. I love that you ranked them and now I’m wondering if I should start with the 2nd book too? It doesn’t sound like you had any problem jumping in there and I’m wondering if the ending for book 1 will keep me from enjoying it as much.
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  4. Despite the fact that In the Woods has been sitting on my bookshelf for *years* I’ve yet to read it – or anything else by French, for that matter. I picked up In the Woods on a whim when I was at a used bookstore but the truth is I haven’t read mystery/thrillers in over a decade. I went through a phase years ago when I read a lot of Stuart Woods and Jonathan Kellerman, but nothing since then. Maybe one of these days I’ll get back into mysteries and I’ll still have that Tana French book waiting for me. 🙂
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  5. Kristi
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    I’ve read the two newest Tana French books – The Secret Place and The Trespasser. I loved them both. I’m hesitant to go back and read the others because I enjoy the Conway/Moran partnership so much. But I really enjoyed both those books so I probably will go back and read the others. And also great idea for a post series!
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