Louise Erdrich, 2013
Tana French, 2008
Though the narrator is a bit too self-aware, and the narration feels at time too performed…I’m really nitpicking. There are two crimes in this book, one that happened to detective narrator Rob Ryan when he was a child (and he can’t remember) and a present day crime that Ryan is investigating. What is most wonderful: we never find out what happened in the first crime and neither does Ryan—so daring and strangely satisfying, as all the neat ends tied up at the end of most mysteries seems unnatural. The other books by French in this series (The Likeness and Faithful Place) feel fluffy and ordinary compared to this one.