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Nothing really resonated with me about this book. I would have to say the setting is what I loved.
I enjoyed his narration but it was not nearly as good as Tim Gerard Reynolds from A Faithful Place which was my all time favorite book mostly due to his narration.
This was the most depressing book that I have ever spent time with, the reviews were so misleading. This is nothing like the other books, which I found wonderful. I knew the ending in the first chapter. I want my money back.
Very depressing, he whined and preached, which made it worse.
First three books are amazing. This was just awful.
Did not expect to like this when it began, but soon got used to the Irish accents. My only complaint was that, after it went on and revealed more, it proved that there was no one to really identify with--everyone was indeed broken in one way or another. What was revealed about the protagonist made him a less sympathetic character, and less respected.
Definitely an interesting listen, and although dark and at times rambling, a good mystery.
i like to read. i like to listen.
I was really disappointed in this book. I think that it was the weakest of the Dublin Murder Squad series. True it had Tana French's perfect dialogue writing...but everything else was just OK.
The mystery wasn't great.
The main character, Scorcher, was just OK.
The narrator was just ok.
What a great introduction to the Dublin Murder Squad.,I felt as if as if I was getting to" Know"
the characters I liked the development of Scorcher and Richie ,Richie comes through with great interviewing techniques , he seems to be a natural. He grows into becoming a detective. The setting was eerie, sort of a depressing place to live. Nothing is what the home owners thought they were buying. Then a horrific murder occurs. This book reveals Scorchers devotion to his disturbed sister Dina. Scorcher is The Job and this is a big case and perhaps he can redeem himself, due to a botched investigation, he hasn't had a high profile case in a while. A voyeur has a nest where he can watch the family and tries to insert himself, He obsesses over times gone by. He enters the house
hangs out when the family is away just to feel her again. Broken Harbor, haunts Scorcher, due to his mothers death (suicide) during a family vacation. the story has layers of relationships, angst, dread, anguish. It haunted me!. The imagery created a movie in my head not many listens effect me this way. If you like police procedurals and want a walk into the dark side, this is for you, I must add the narration and accents seemed real.
This is the fourth book in the Dublin detective series. I have listened to all 4 books and after each book I have thought she can't do better than this and with each book Ms. French does better.
Listening to this book is like watching Michael Jordan shoot hoops. There is an innate beauty and perfection. To begin with the narrator Stephen Hogan is flawless. He uses an Irish brogue to perfection. He has a different inflection for each character and brings each character to life.
The plot here is a scaffolding with which Ms French can build the rich character interactions and descriptive landscapes, in the same way that the plot of Macbeth is a scaffolding for the magnificent language used by Shakespeare. In all of Ms. French books she uses the English language in a unique way. Using words in ways with which I am unaccustomed but which seem natural and an improvement on the existing usage. In her previous 3 books Ms French went of on long steam of consciousness descriptions which left me breathless and in awe, but frequently confused. In this book the language and descriptions are much more brief and precise but no less beautiful. Ms French has honed her descriptions and story development to be razor sharp.
The story itself is everyday. A beautiful family of four is found knifed in a house on a Broken Harbor estate.Three of the members die, The fourth, the mother of the two dead children is alive, but mutilated and in a coma. The case is assigned to a senior detective Michael "Scorcher " Kennedy who is seeking redemption after a previously botched case. He is paired with a rookie Richie and the two of them start off well, but eventually run into road blocks. Detective Kennedy has a psychotic sister who weaves in and out of the story causing havoc and mayhem.
His family has a history at Broken Harbor where the murders occur ( his mother committed suicide there). The estates themselves are abandoned and in disarray-like the people who occupy the houses there. Unraveling the murder and how it occurred is a thing of beauty.
To say more would spoil the book, which I can not do. If you start this book you will not be able to stop and will rue the moment it ends.
#1 Aud Bks: T Help,T Darling, All D Sedaris,Prayer for Owen M.All G Flynn ,Secrt Lang of Bees, Bel Canto, 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Star
#1 Aud Bks: T Help, T Darling, All D Sedaris A Prayer for O Meany All G Flynn Lang. of Bees Bel Canto 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Stars Pi
The list above notes my favorite audio books, limited to 140 characters. I would like to add more, and also add a short list of what I did not like (particularly Ken Follett) so that fellow scanners of reviews would have a quick sense of whether to follow a particular reviewers myriad thoughts.
I liked Tanya French's first book even though it had a poor resolution to the mystery at the end. Somehow this book never caught on with me. I did not feel much empathy for the lead character.
First half was great! Then branched off into final, boring, solve of complete mental breakdowns all around. Characters were all broken and uninteresting and miserable in the end. You just can't have this many broken characters in a mystery book and enjoy it. This was completely unbelievable.
Might listen to another one but some reviews praise her bent to make childhood memories a big part of story. If that's going to be most of the content, I'm out.
A good part was when detectives were on a night watch to catch the killer.
I would cut all of the stylings about the actions of the unemployed. Who wants to live through that type of downer? Character's reactions were completely unbelievable. Could have been half the length if all scenes talking about everyones childhood were removed.
I am a huge fan of all 3 prior Dublin Murder Squad books - this one I did not like much. All detectives are deeply flawed and not even necessarily "good" people, and that is actually something I enjoy about these books. But Detective Kennedy was just so... blah. Yes, there's a back story, and yes, there's a reason why he is the way he is, but to me it was not a satisfying character at all. I prefer Cassie Maddox and even cocky, annoying Frank Mackery over Mick Kennedy.
While I think the book was the least gripping of the series, the ending was satisfying and tied up neatly and crisply.