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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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 !!!
One of the best
This book book just pulled me into the lead characters head. I lived through his memories, and some were extremely painful. tana French is masterful at really digging into the psyche of her characters. The narration was spot on. I listened to it twice and found the second time even more engrossing. Tana French rocks
So clever. Characters from one book taking center stage in the next. Can't wait for Book 5....
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.
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