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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This story is superbly written and narrated. Tana French has a way of weaving a story and connecting you with the characters on a unique level. With the economy down... this book has parallels with so many sad lives and people that wanted something different but their hopes and dreams went down the toilet. The detective is as broken as the criminals but he his trying so hard to find the right of things. In many ways, the personal look inside his mind and thoughts of his past made me feel like an intruder. You are just wishing for something great to happen to him... something happy. I gave the story only four stars because of the reason for the killer's (and other's) insanity. I cannot go into further detail without revealing spoilers but I found it to be far fetched. This story was moving and so very sad... I had to download something happy and funny afterward just to take my mind off it.
This is one of the better books I have listened to. The performance is fantastic and really pulls you into the story.
The 'critter' part of the investigation. I was so fascinated by what Detective Kennedy was discovering that I told my husband about book because I just needed to talk about it to someone.
The final discussion between Detective Kennedy and the victum.
If I'd had enough time I would've listened to the book from start to finish without stopping.
I've listened to her other books on Audible, and enjoyed them a good bit. This one makes me wonder about her. The narrator is so dense and attached to his point of view, it makes it hard to continue listening. I'm about half way through, and got online to see if others had similar reactions.
The reader is excellent. Too bad about the material he has to work with.
Not sure. He's very good, though.
Severe impatience for a blown opportunity to write a book worthy of her earlier ones. I kept being shocked by how lame the plot was.
Did the author get over-confident after her earlier successes? I can't imagine how else to understand this lapse. Close to disgusted.
I enjoyed listening to the book and the narrator. But the book was long and I had made a large time investment, around 18 hours I believe, and when the book ended I felt as if it ended mid book! It had gone on and on and on in great detail and then . . . . In what felt like two minutes . . . it ended. It left me feeling very unsatisfied.
No. The ending left me hanging.
I liked his accent and the quality of his voice.
Tana French is simply amazing. She's the best in the game right now. Each book in her Dublin Murder Squad series has been better than the last. Each book sheds a new light on a character you think is familiar from the last installment. The books show the reader how little they really know about the people we purport to know so well.
Broken Harbor is an incredible mystery about the unravelling of . . . everything. Failure, collapse, and erosion shadow every plotline in this story.
My jaw was on the floor nearly for the entirety of this book. Everything, from the truly creepy murder scene--horribly bloody, and with holes in the walls throughout the house (the most intriguing part of the story, in my opinion)--to the deeply unsettling explanation of what happened in the house, was wonderfully pieced together.
All in all, Broken Harbor has to be in the top two mysteries I have come across. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoyed the earlier Dublin Murder Squad books.
Broken Harbor kept my attention and the story built methodically from the beginning.
I liked the complexity of the characters who were portrayed with flaws and all. As the story went on the strengths and weaknesses of each character became apparent.
For those who enjoy a very well-written, intriguing mystery, with top-notch narration, you can't go wrong with "Broken Harbor." I found myself taking every opportunity to listen.
The story held my interest and I wanted to be able to listen just a little bit longer each time.
I have equally liked the two Tana French books that I have listened to.
When you first became aware that things were not what they seemed to be.
Although I am not much of a novel reader, I needed a story to give me a break from the psychology books (e.g., Everything is Obvious, Denialism) that I like to read. Murder mysteries do the trick for me.
The fun part of this book for this Texan is that the investigator develops a relationship with his new partner who, in the end, drops the ball big-time. The murder of a family in a new, yet abandoned (due to economic times) sub-division on the coast of Ireland, is horror enough. As the plot unfolds, the suspects are not the only piece of this mystery, although they are an integral part in the development of the final conclusion that the prime investigator comes to. He learns a lot about himself, his partner, and his precinct -- specifically his bosses' outlooks on the case.
And then there's the voyeur who has been watching the family -- how does he all fit into the puzzle? It all becomes clear, but this guy watching this entire family from a near, yet abandoned house, would become a prime suspect. Does he ultimately become the culprit, or is he just an "innocent" bystander?
The reader was great, and the story kept pushing me to keep listening.
Mostly I can be a prude and want to read good literature. But I wait for Tana French's new books and read them right away- they're good mysteries and I enjoy listening to the Irish narrator. This one is as enjoyable as the others.
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