Top critical review
Doesn’t live up to the hype
Reviewed in Australia on 22 January 2021
Lately it seems every ‘must read’ review and summer reading booklist I came across had The Searcher on it. This was my first book by this author and I just can’t understand why everyone is so swept away by it. Very stereotypical characters that I just couldn’t warm to, nothing really happened for the first 3/4 of the book and by then I didn’t really care. No suspense, no mystery, a very unsatisfying conclusion and while the description of rural Ireland did offer a good sense of place, it wasn’t nearly enough to warrant any more than 2 stars.