Absolutely no spoilers…
Broken Harbor was a solid, psychological, murder mystery written from the perspective of a veteran detective, Michael Kennedy. It possessed captivating and dynamic character development and delivered highly enjoyable work and personal interactions.
Early into the book, I found myself become engrossed to the setting’s very current and relative economic/social tone. The plot was quite engaging, and I found it hard to put down about half way through. Although I am, at times, disappointed by fictitious, unrealistic methods and instruments of investigation which many “crime” mysteries seem to employ, Tana French obviously did her homework by staying with real, but very intriguing, investigatory techniques, all while keeping it “light weight”.
The narration and sound quality were good.
I highly recommend this (4.5 star) novel.
Great story. Believable characters, unexpected ending.
I loved listening to all of the previous three Tana French novels.
Great book to listen to if you are taking a "road trip". Keeps your mind engaged for hours.
It's one of the best. I love Tana French's stories, and enjoy even more the way she unfolds them.
The twists and turns of the plot were fun to follow, and kept me guessing until the end.
I loved the hospital scene where the murderess confesses. It's told in a drugged, dreamy voice, and is very compelling.
The scenes where "Scorcher" deals with his mentally ill sister were really strong.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
It was good, and highly recommended if you liked the first 3... but... but nothing... it was good i liked the twists in the story and the personal life of the detective as well.... but it didn't hit me as the last one did... in my opinion the 3rd book was the best one... the only bad thing in this book is that the cause of the cause of death wasn't clear.... you will understand when you have a listen to it.
GREAT READ AND A MUST
Cheers and Enjoy.
I'm a Tana French fan. So much so that I bought and listened to this book, without reading a summary or any reviews. Her first three books were terrific. Broken Harbor is the story of a detective investigating the murders of several family members. I won't give anything away but will say that there are a couple parallel stories happening and the are each, in their own way, extremely depressing. They each start with a sad premise and as you get into the really well written details, they get gut wrenching and then just really movingly sad. If you're a happy person, this book will make you sad. If you're a sad person, this book might put you into full blown depression.
Story, characters, description of settings, and narrator has great Irish brogue!
His Irish brogue and rough-edged voiced----perfect for a "detective".
His affection for his disturbed sister, and his understanding of humanity.
Really GREAT listen! I kept listening when I got home from my walks.
I like the way she presences complicated characters. Loved the mystery with multiple possible scenarios and the different characters' choices.
Must like long detailed story.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
I don't know what is going on with Tana French. She is a terrific writer - That has fallen off a cliff at the end of her last two books. The narrator was awesome!! I feel like she is on a deadline and throws the ending together at the last second. It is almost baffling. I won't ruin the ending - So I'll put this together without giving anything away. This is the second book that has tried to make the killer into a victim. What was even more depressing - Getting into the main detective's head and empathizing with his character - Only to listen to him compromise himself. This same hard nosed cop that was straight for 20 + Years. Upheld the rules. Came down on anyone who broke them -Fell apart at the end. Also - The way he planned to compromise himself - Was done in an unintelligent way. He had a dozen other choices - He picked the dumbest. He was willing to throw his career in the toilet - For someone who didn't deserve it. I really don't get it. You know what they say - If the ending sucks - The whole book sucks...... It's a real shame. I swear - I was almost three quarters of the way in & loving every second of it. Then.................
For what it's worth................ J
I have read or listened to all of Tana French's Murder Squad series. They are all wonderful and Broken Harbor is as good as I had hoped it wold be. Enthralling, engaging, riveting, heartbreaking. I took my mp3 everywhere, I couldn't bear to turn it off.
The mystery is well-plotted and complex enough that I was stunned by the resolution. But really, it is French's characters, their emotional depth and richly detailed lives, feelings, relationships, that grab and hold you.
If you enjoy Kate Atkinson's books, you will probably like Tana French's even more.