Even before I came across the mention of Rhys's 'Wide Sargasso Sea' in 'The Trespasser' I had made the connection between Antoinette, the brown murder detective at war with the rest of the squad, and Antoinette, Mr Rochester's first wife from 'the islands' subsequently become 'the mad woman in the attic' at war with the rest of Thornfield Hall.
Love French for her literary references! Previously, I have drawn parallels to fellow Dubliner James Joyce.
However, I love French for more than her taste in literature :
She also smoothly avoids the greatest pitfalls of crime literature and the worst stereotypes in today's society as a whole.
She writes elegantly and idiosyncratically. Single-voice narration is not that easy to pull off.
She is following a path which, I believe and hope, will eventually lead her away from the murder plots and towards something more ambitious.
In short; a good read!
Other French books you want to check out :
'The Secret Place'
'Into the Woods'