New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.
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First half was great! Then branched off into final, boring, solve of complete mental breakdowns all around. Characters were all broken and uninteresting and miserable in the end. You just can't have this many broken characters in a mystery book and enjoy it. This was completely unbelievable.
Might listen to another one but some reviews praise her bent to make childhood memories a big part of story. If that's going to be most of the content, I'm out.
A good part was when detectives were on a night watch to catch the killer.
I would cut all of the stylings about the actions of the unemployed. Who wants to live through that type of downer? Character's reactions were completely unbelievable. Could have been half the length if all scenes talking about everyones childhood were removed.
I am a huge fan of all 3 prior Dublin Murder Squad books - this one I did not like much. All detectives are deeply flawed and not even necessarily "good" people, and that is actually something I enjoy about these books. But Detective Kennedy was just so... blah. Yes, there's a back story, and yes, there's a reason why he is the way he is, but to me it was not a satisfying character at all. I prefer Cassie Maddox and even cocky, annoying Frank Mackery over Mick Kennedy.
While I think the book was the least gripping of the series, the ending was satisfying and tied up neatly and crisply.
Anybody who likes mysteries would love this book.
All of Tana French's books address not only the murder mystery at hand but does a spectacular job of describing Ireland, it's characters and you feel as if you know them both very well
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I have now read (aka listened to) four Tana French novels and must admit that I may be slightly addicted to her exquisite story-telling abilities. I try to listen to my Audible purchases in the same order I purchased them, so when Broken Harbor was next in line, I caught myself wondering if I really wanted another Dublin-detective Scorcher-murder squad experience. It took less than five minutes for me to engage with this one and if I could have, would have listened practically nonstop until it was completed.
Stephen Hogan is a wonderful narrator and the storyline is amazingly complex -- though one a listener can follow easily.
This is a book worth your time and credits if you enjoy great detective stories.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
Tana French writes with wry humor, lyrical insight and a command of language and character that makes it impossible to put down. The narrator, Stephen Hogan is fabulous and gets all the nuances of each character beautifully in a trained voice that is amazing to listen to. I highly, highly recommend this book. I have just purchased her other books and can't wait to hear them.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks but I have loved all of Tana French's series. I think this one might be the best.
Hogan was an excellent Scorcher Kennedy and I liked his interpretation of the character much more than the one in faithful place.
This book just sucks you in and that is what I am looking for in an audiobook. I can't wait for the next one.
I have not read the print version, but this was very very impressive.
Yes, each chapter threw you for a loop. The ending was a shock.
I probably wouldn't listen a second time because of the length, but I enjoyed the first listen quite a bit. I usually listen to audio books in the gym and on long drives, but with Broken Harbor, I sat and listened at home because I was so engrossed.
The characters were interesting and multi-dimensional, unlike many mysteries or thrillers, which can be formulaic.
Tana French develops the characters very adeptly, and the story is quite compelling in and of itself.
I think this book is one of my favorites, though all four are excellent. I did not read all four in sequence, this was the last one I read. I had to remember some of the old "Scorcher" details for they were a bit fuzzy. I like the way French uses the foreshadowing element in her mystery telling. This one had some unique plot twists that make you guessing. It’s as if your mind begins racing ahead to try and see the significance but it’s never quite what you think. The dialogue is all very dramatic and the nuances to the characters are all well thought through. This book is no exception but I think this and Into the Woods have a depth that the others don't quite have though they are all superb. Read this book you won't be disappointed.
Really enjoyed this current time-frame detective murder case. The twists and turns were devilishly realistic, and true to the chaos of real life. Stephen Hogan was like a breath of fresh air, as he provided the ideal dialogue with just the right accent - he nailed all the characters as different people in the story, but never over the top. Highly recommend this book !!!
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