i like to read. i like to listen.
as i previously mentioned, i think Tana French is a great author. this book is no exception, its the third in her Dublin Murder Squad Series...and it delivers exactly what i wanted.
i was a big fan of Frank Mackey in French's previous book...so pulling him out as the main character in Faithful Place was a smart move. i was riveted by his family -- how they related to each other (or didn't) -- and how they protected their secrets to the end.
i never thought i would be a fan of a series of books like this one. but this is one set of detective mysteries that has really drawn me in, and i attest that to French's great writing.
i think she especially writes dialogue really well. it's realistic, intense and exciting.
onto Broken Harbor.
I have listened to this book numerous times. There is a complexity in this one, I've not found in others. Some mysteries are not very dimensional but the truly best mysteries evoke a time, a place and well-drawn characters facing themselves and their own demons. This book succeeds with all flags flying.
I haven't liked an author this much since I first discovered Dennis Lehane of Mystic River fame. Tana French's books keep getting better and better. The Ireland atmosphere is a character in the story as it is descriptively brought to life. And has there ever been another author who has done this: had a different leading character in every book, passing along the lead story like a daisy chain? It's not obvious which side player in the novel you are reading may be the star of the next novel. Each has their own compelling story, and this one was no exception.
The main character is not initially the most admirable character, but as his story unfolds, you begin to see why he acts the way he does. Although I did figure out "who did it" before the end, it didn't spoil it for me, so beautifully was the story written and so perfectly did it play out.
The narrator does a great job. The Irish accent helps set the atmosphere for the story.
Yes! Such a good story! And I am looking forward to others by Tana French
Yes! The mystery, the family, the back story. ALL GREAT!
Our detective, Frank Mackey of course. But ALL the characters were so real. I felt so bad for the parents, the families stuck in the old neighborhood, not able to get out of a poor neighborhood. I loved Frank's answers to his little girl's questions about the family, and life in general.
Outstanding! It touched on many emotions and levels of family dynamics.
Great Job! A great listen!
Tana French has a talent for storytelling like I have never heard before. The characters are real and well developed to the point we feel their pain and understand their motivation. This is the third installment of the Dublin Murder series and while they can stand alone, listening to them in order brings a unique insight into recurring characters.
The storyline unfolds gradually and draws you in (the narration is spot on, by the way) and you find yourself inside the story, experiencing the drama as it unfolds.
I have recommended this series to every book lover I know.
I have read all of Tana's books I can't wait for the next.
I really enjoyed Tim Reynolds reading. I look forward to another book read by him.
The author does a good job bringing the characters to life. Some of them are good people, some are not so good, but you are left with an understanding of what makes people do what they do and how quickly one decision can forever change the lives of many.
He did what he was supposed to do. He performed it so well you didn't notice him, just the story and the characters.
Willy Wonka of it
Not likely, just because I'm not the type to re-read a book or re-watch a movie. That doesn't make it bad though, just that I already know what happens.
Probably Jackie or Stephen. Jackie had an adorable kind of innocence and caring nature. Stephen was pretty quick and a standup guy. Would have been cool to see his story in the next entry.
I haven't, but his performance here was awesome. If I had read this I would have lost a lot of nuance of the dialect -- he delivered perfectly (to my outsider hearing anyway).
This is a great entry in the series. We have Frank, who is someone you can't really love, but you still care about his tale. Even though Frank is far from a "tragic hero", I did appreciate that Tana gave him a better ending than she did to the protagonists of the last 2 novels.
The first novel's ending was sad, and by the end of the second I pretty much hated Cassie, but Frank's closure felt natural. Nothing sad, nothing amazing, just a perfect "fade out" of his life.
The author grabs you from the beginning and you don't let go until the very end. Great story that pulls at the heart. Wonderful characters. Great narration.
Yes, it is interesting and complex. Ms. French has a talent for writing exceptional mysteries and this is my second favorite after "Likeness".
The last part when we see the perpetrator's and the victims' views on the situations.
I think the protagonist Francis Mackey is my favorite