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Once again Tana French delivers another absorbing, twisty tale about broken families, power of guilt, cultural decline and career suicide in the Dublin police force. This book was about a different set of characters than those featured in the first three books, and through some clever distraction, managed to surprise me at the conclusion. I listened to this book almost on the heels of The Likeness, and was feeling a bit 'mental' like the book's characters at the end.
I think that the audio book producers are doing the right thing with the production of Tana French's books- a new reader for each one, well-paced, good character voices. Each one sounds fresh and unique. I find it particularly annoying with intensely psychological books when the reader reads too slowly and over-dramatizes. This book's reader does an excellent job.
I read a lot of crime novels, I only read crime novels. Tana French paints a picture better than any I have read. You find a little movie playing in your head as you read. The character development is top notch. She doesn't try to let you know all about them all a once, there are surprises throughout. And the narrator, wow! This is where listening to a book is better than reading it. As a typical american I could never have put an Irish accent to the words, especially the slang phrases/words. I am actually dreaming in an Irish accent!
I had recently found Tana French and listened to all the books in a short period of time, waiting impatiently for July 24th when Broken Harbor came out. I am sad to realize it will probably a while before her next great novel will grace us.
I listened to this author's book, Into the Woods, and felt very disappointed. At the time, I was bummed that I had already bought Broken Harbor. After reading the reviews for this book, I thought I would go ahead and give it a try. I am not disappointed that I listened to this one.
There was very little over-writing, and the suspense built at a consistent, steady pace, I absolutely wanted to know how the book would end, and and who committed the crimes.
I definitely recommend listening to this book, even if you, like me, ended up not enjoying Into the Woods.
This is the fourth Tana French/Dublin Murder Squad I have listened to (on my commute). I liked the most recent one, Faithful Place, well enough, so I downloaded this without reading what it was about. Getting through this book was a bit like torture. The main character's crazy sister kept showing up and she was terribly annoying (a lot of that was the fault of the narrator -- the voice and intonation for that character were awful!), as was the failure of the main character and his other sister to do something about her. The case dragged on and on only to reach a conclusion that was inane; waiting that long for such an implausible motive was really frustrating.
Some of Ms. French's work has failed to "light my fire." Some of it has been quite good. All showed me potential. Here, Ms. French and her narrator, Stephen Hogan, clearly demonstrate that my belief in her abilities was not misplaced. I have not read all her work, but so far this is the one I'd pick as a show case of her talent.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
One issue I have with some mysteries and police whodunnits is that good character development and dialogue is secondary to gruesome details. I just can't handle that much gore - but often put up with it just because I want to hear where the story is going to go.
This is that rare exception. The dialogue is rendered so artfully and delivered with incredible skill by the narrator. With Hogan's touch, it really becomes more of a psychological dig. Of course there's murder ... but it's dealt with like it happens off-screen. The impact is there but the details are never shared. It's really deft handling of details that are better left unsaid.
I've seen Tana French novels for forever on Audible but shied away simply because I thought they'd be too graphic. I'm not sure about the others, but that's certainly not the case with this one. The writing and narration both are top-notch and there's no evidence of a gimmick to make it all work. Kudos. Well done.
Say something about yourself!
With tastes, it's never about who is right, but rather, what is right for you...like the Greeks said, *Know Thyself.* While perfect for some readers, this was not a custom fit for me. It was a good start: with the atmosphere of the ghost-town-like housing project, the family's desperate financial situation, Detective Mike and his personal demons, French had me where she wanted me--in a hauntingly gray funk. But, the pace ebbed and in rolled the slog. I think the bulk could've benefited from some editting that sharpened the edge and built some suspense into the story. Even streamlined, I would've had trouble swallowing the critters in the attic element; the sudden and complete madness that gripped the family (which seemed possible only if something extremely hallucinogenic had been ingested); Det. Mike's coincidental connection with Broken Harbor; his new partner...all in all it seemed too loose and wouldn't go down -- not my taste. I wasn't completely disappointed; it was well written and the narration was entertaining. Detective Mike Kennedy was an interesting character and French does an exceptional job of both getting into his head and fleshing him out. Possibly I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the previous books in this Dublin Murder Squad series.
Audible Editor constantly in search of my next great listen.
Brianstown, formally Broken Harbor resort, is a modern housing development on the outskirts of Dublin that should have been the ideal location for up-and-coming young professionals to set roots in. However, shoddy construction and the collapse of the economic boom left it, and the people living there, exposed, isolated and vulnerable. The loss of security and fall from assumed safety culminates in an unimaginable murder. “Who-done-it?” almost becomes a secondary concern to “Why?” and “How?” The evil seems mysteriously connected to this place itself.
One thing I appreciate about Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad is that each title can be considered a stand-alone yet there are also enough common threads to draw me back to the series again-and-again. She certainly creates memorable characters, but it is French’s brilliant ability to develop a distinct mood and atmosphere that makes her stories unforgettable and each book a fresh listening experience.
Long after turning off the audiobook, Broken Harbor stays with me: I can smell the sea air, see the overgrown yards, and image the empty houses continue to be taken back by nature to eventually disappear completely.
Skilled writing and great narration could not keep me from being very depressed by this book and actually glad when it was over. I love mysteries, but I guess I prefer cozies. Full of guilt, betrayal, insanity and murderous nervous breakdowns (the only love was of the stalker/obsessive type), this is my third Tana French book, but it will be the last for awhile and I will be very careful about choosing another one.
Writer, painter and unabashed romantic with passion for history and mystery.
So disappointed. I've liked the previous books in this series. This one, however, is full of extraneous characters, overdramatic writing, and an obvious plot. To make things worse, the narrator does a good job of speaking the first person voice of the book. However, he makes every other character sound strident, shrill, and/or fraught with hidden meaning that isn't there.