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.
I love Tana French. She is a good writer with many insights. She keeps you guessing until the end. I really like how she solves a crime and looks at the personal life of the investigator at the same time. I didn't want to put the book down.
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.