Tana French has delivered another meaty police procedural with plenty of twists and turns and surprises. Her characters--as usual--are oh-so human and vulnerable, just like all of us. I found the story highly addictive and listened to the last section all in one uninterrupted gulp. Good, gripping story and excellent narration.
My standards for Tana French are high, and this just doesn't cut it. Development is very slow, and the end result is not worth the wait. I don't have to like her characters, though in all three of the other books I have in fact liked one or more of them. I do have to understand and be at least a bit sympathetic to one or two of her main characters. Not in this book!
There was too much telling and not enough showing in this one. And the telling was quite repetitive.
I do highly recommend any and all of her other three books.
Good character separation. Not perfect -- he sometimes took a few extra seconds to transition from one speaker to another -- but quite good.
The whole approach to getting us to know these characters just doesn't work. It's not about cutting scenes, it's about changing the approach. What goes on in Richie's head is important, but we can't get at that very well because he's not the narrator, and it's critical that the narrator be ignorant of what's going on in Richie's head. Not enough was done to let the reader figure things out that the narrator couldn't.
I hope the fifth book returns to the previous quality! I'll certainly give it a try.
These are people with all the flaws and goodness that we see all the time but perhaps we dont feel compasson or take the time to understand. The crime is horrific. The motivation ....well read and decide.
I read audiobooks everyday as I work outside and some of my work allows this. Stephen Hogan is the best reader I have heard. The beauty of Tana French's writing style makes just listening a pleasure for the words alone.
This is the first book I have read from this author but absolutely not the last.
I have given only a few books a 4 star rating but there was no question about this one.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
tana french has written a good series that has kept me interested through all 4 books. the subject matter is really tough to deal with especially in this last book at least it was for me as i'm more of an historical romance kind of reader but i'm glad i hung in there and completed the series. I always judge a book by what it continues to do after i have stopped reading/listening for the day. if i find my mind going back over what iv'e read and thinking about the characters and their lives and the plot of the book then for me its a really good book and i did that repeatedly with all 4 of these books. i'm sorry to see the series end.
the narrator was excellent as with all her books.
I hated this book; but not as much as I hated the characters.
If Kennedy is the Murder Squad's top cop, it's a wonder any murders ever get solved by these clowns. Mick is a jerk - a buffoon - a self-possessed, arrogant, unpleasant, fool who thinks his "clever" little methods of interrogation could result in anything more than amusement from anyone other than a suspect with an IQ higher than that of a stone. If there was any character worth saving and developing in this over-indulgent book, it was Richie, who got thrown under the bus by his wannabe teacher. I cringed every time this joker offered his sage advice. I've never read a book where I disliked so many of the characters. I kept thinking it might have been better for everyone if Mick's had dragged both he and his sister into the water with her way back when in Broken Harbor. Tana French is a much overrated writer. This was my 2nd and last of her books I'll ever read.
Wow, certainly not an elegant comment or review, but it clearly expresses how I felt as I came to the end of this book. I have read a fair number of crime/mystery/police procedural novels. This book ranks among the best. Not because of the twists and turns, though Ms. French surprises at nearly every turn. What struck me was the evocation of raw emotion these characters built up to. Loyalty to a friend, to a partner, to a family member is a character trait of high value to me and I think to many. Ms. French tests your assumptions about personal loyalty using what comes naturally in a mystery novel - our presumptions and assumptions. My need to solve the mystery of whodunit, led to my own presumptions and guesses. These were led to a crescendo of feeling in the climax.
Along the way, character development through terrific dialogue was delivered superbly by the narrator, Stephen Hogan. He slipped fluidly from male to female voice and back again. From upper, middle-class to hard-scrabble working class and to those on the dole. I can't wait to pick up on the rest of the series. My only hesitation is that I see that Stephen Hogan does not narrate any others in the series. I can only hope the other readers bring as much style to the ear as he does.
I would imagine so, given that I like the reader better than the actual story.
Have not listened to previous books, just read them.
This was my first time. I was impressed by his mastery of various voices, accents and his ability to convey emotional impact.
This was not a traditional "mystery", more of a psychological autopsy of the crimes committed. I have loved all the previous French books but by the end of this one, I just wanted it to be over since it seemed to drag on. Was put off the excessive emphasis on the main character's mentally ill sister. She was endlessly annoying. Having said that, I kept on listening!
The story spirals around an unsuspected, strange love story that, totally unintentional, unleashes a hellish conclusion. This is NOT your typical murder mystery cop case. It roils with 'under-stories', about all the characters, that keep you interested - and wondering - until the end.
Oddly, after I gave it considerable thought, I thought the detective's final decision was absolutely correct - and absolutely disappointing. It showed a knowledge of one's self, and a moral decision that most would shirk.
As usual, Hogan's performance was 'right on' - telling the story through the author's words, without intruding his own personality.
I would listen to it again, with appreciation for the character insights and subtle clues the author provides throughout.
My favorite character is Mick Kennedy, the most interesting police detective I can remember. His introspection throughout the book makes the reader understand why he acts in certain ways, and why he reacts as he does to the other characters.
I loved Mr. Hogan's narration. His Irish accent differs so much from Gerard Doyle's, whose tough hooligans are wonderfully animated by his reading, but Hogan's is wonderful in its own way. I loved hearing people called "thick" from time to time.
This book made me sad for everyone involved, which might not be much of a recommendation, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.
This book is a wonderful mystery as well as a look into the hard times of Irish society. Broken Harbor is a housing development gone bust...but also the people are broken in many ways. The reader shifts from character to character in a very believable voice. The pace never slows down and I return to the book with anticipation every time.
I love the reader's voice, inflections, and interpretation of the characters. Absolutely amazing.
An atmospheric who-done it with two interesting detectives - as entertaining as Inspector Lewis and and Sargent Hathaway, Holmes and Watson.
I will look for more books by this narrator. I love Tana French as well.