Very good. The narrator is great at the accents and making clear who is talking. Really enjoyed listening to him. The story unfolds gradually and has twists and turns that ultimately become clear. It kept me very engaged.
This wonderfully dark psychological thriller (the fourth book I have read by Tana French) uncharacteristically avoided evil geniuses, billionaires, insane doctors, murderous cops and the other members of the overused thriller bestiary. Instead it told a sad, compelling story of lives gone terribly wrong.
It opens with a confused, complex crime scene which takes the length of the book to unravel. The reader, after an uncertain start, gives a truly exciting and engaging presentation of the various characters in their Dublin setting.
The author is gifted at psychological profiling. This is one of the very few books I can name where every plot point and virtually every character's behavior was entirely consistent and believable. There was no "suspension of disbelief" necessary.
Be ready for painful confrontations and exposure of difficult family secrets, albeit without the usual salacious aspects of sex, drugs or violence.
By the end of the reading I had put this reader, Stephen Hogan, near the top of my list of favorite audio performers.
From the first 10 minutes of Into the Woods, I have been hooked by Tana French's cop stories set in a Dublin Murder Squad. Each narrator has been perfect for the first person narration and Stephen Hogan may be the best yet as Mike "Scorcher" Kennedy. As with her previous 3 novels, the murder investigation is interesting and the clues are elusive but the real story is the heart and mind of one of the detectives.
As a rookie 20 years before this case, Kennedy received his nicknamebecause of his habit of congratulating himself out loud with a gesture similar to a soccer scorer. He now has the highest solve rate in the squad and the ego to go with it. Basically a loner, he doesn't have a regular partner, choosing instead to "mentor" whichever newbie detective is assigned to him. This allows him to pontificate about following the rules and doing things by the book according to Kennedy.
Scorcher is given a high-profile murder to investigate set in Brian's Town, formerly known as the Broken Harbor of the title. His mentee is Richie Curran, so new he doesn't even own a tie or the decent clothes that Kennedy demands for his sidekicks. The murder is pretty horrific: a father and his 2 kids are murderered and the wife/mother is terribly wounded. (As a side note: I might have stopped listening at the description of the murder scene but Tana French focuses on the cops, not the victims. This made the murder of children much more bearable for me.) The clues are very interesting and tantalising, especially a thread about an unknown animal living within the victim's house's walls. More interesting, is how Scorcher comes to understand that the rules that have always been his only friends so very easily become his nemeses.
I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars but the ending left me a little dissatisfied. I thought Richie was thrown under the bus too easily. Without giving away the ending, all I can say is that I don't want the next book to be about Quigley or O'Kelly. Readers who have read the other 3 books will understand that they are the only ones left for the next book.
Broken Harbor is a definite re-listen, both for missed nuances while trying to solve the mystery, and for the absolute enjoyment of Stephen Hogan's voices.
I haven't stayed up late to finish anything in years, but this story had me in its grip. I've always been impressed with Tana French's ability to create an an almost tangible atmosphere and characters who are so fleshed out they seem like real people. I actually miss them when the book has ended.
There is more to the story than just solving the crime. It is almost like a psychological study of all the characters involved, including the policemen. But it is a good mystery, too. I didn't figure out 'who did it and why' until it was revealed and then it all made perfect sense. I've read and enjoyed all French's books, but IMO this is the best, so far.
The narrator added to the haunting quality of the book by performing it in an Irish accent. I assume he is a native of Ireland, but if not, he was convincing enough to me to add another layer of atmosphere to the experience of listening to this psychological "whodunit".
When the killer is revealed. If I were more specific, it would be a "spoiler"
No, but I will in the future.
Be careful what you wish for.
I liked the way the book ended. It ended the way traumatic experiences in life really do end: with raw edges to be healed. Now I want to know what happens to all the characters in the future.
Some parts of the book were very well paced but some parts were tedious and not well paced.
In the Woods which was a much better plotted book.
He is a good reader and since I have glaucoma reading a book instead of listing to it is very difficult.
Too many extraneous plot lines and characters.
Strong, and sometimes shocking story. A reminder that down turn economics of the day, does not stop at the U.S. shores
There were many so twists and turns, the story held my attention through out.
The wifes detail of the slow disintergration of her family as a whole and each individual
felt very plauible and was nicely done.
French's ability to plug into the male characters, and her unblinking details of events kept me thinking that this must be written by a male. I have listened to the other books available on Audible, but still checked to ensure it was the same writer.
I was a little disappointed to find that the none of the main characters from the other books were intergrated into the storyline. But once I got plugged in to the story it did not diminish my enjoyment.
I've read all of Tana French's books and have loved them. This by far is the worst book she has written. The plot was horrible. I hope the next book is better.
Yes. Listening to the book is a much richer experience.
Neither, but it kept me guessing "who done it" and why.
I have read all Tana French's books. This author is good!
The character development in this book was wonderful and the story just pulls you in and won't let you go. The narrator was excellent and I loved the way he was able to change his tone as he was narrating the various characters.
I have listened to her other books and loved them but I think this is the best yet. She has a special way of getting you absorbed into her characters. The two detectives in this story are both so compelling.