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 hated this book; but not as much as I hated the characters.
If Kennedy is the Murder Squad's top cop, it's a wonder any murders ever get solved by these clowns. Mick is a jerk - a buffoon - a self-possessed, arrogant, unpleasant, fool who thinks his "clever" little methods of interrogation could result in anything more than amusement from anyone other than a suspect with an IQ higher than that of a stone. If there was any character worth saving and developing in this over-indulgent book, it was Richie, who got thrown under the bus by his wannabe teacher. I cringed every time this joker offered his sage advice. I've never read a book where I disliked so many of the characters. I kept thinking it might have been better for everyone if Mick's had dragged both he and his sister into the water with her way back when in Broken Harbor. Tana French is a much overrated writer. This was my 2nd and last of her books I'll ever read.
Wow, certainly not an elegant comment or review, but it clearly expresses how I felt as I came to the end of this book. I have read a fair number of crime/mystery/police procedural novels. This book ranks among the best. Not because of the twists and turns, though Ms. French surprises at nearly every turn. What struck me was the evocation of raw emotion these characters built up to. Loyalty to a friend, to a partner, to a family member is a character trait of high value to me and I think to many. Ms. French tests your assumptions about personal loyalty using what comes naturally in a mystery novel - our presumptions and assumptions. My need to solve the mystery of whodunit, led to my own presumptions and guesses. These were led to a crescendo of feeling in the climax.
Along the way, character development through terrific dialogue was delivered superbly by the narrator, Stephen Hogan. He slipped fluidly from male to female voice and back again. From upper, middle-class to hard-scrabble working class and to those on the dole. I can't wait to pick up on the rest of the series. My only hesitation is that I see that Stephen Hogan does not narrate any others in the series. I can only hope the other readers bring as much style to the ear as he does.
I would imagine so, given that I like the reader better than the actual story.
Have not listened to previous books, just read them.
This was my first time. I was impressed by his mastery of various voices, accents and his ability to convey emotional impact.
This was not a traditional "mystery", more of a psychological autopsy of the crimes committed. I have loved all the previous French books but by the end of this one, I just wanted it to be over since it seemed to drag on. Was put off the excessive emphasis on the main character's mentally ill sister. She was endlessly annoying. Having said that, I kept on listening!
The story spirals around an unsuspected, strange love story that, totally unintentional, unleashes a hellish conclusion. This is NOT your typical murder mystery cop case. It roils with 'under-stories', about all the characters, that keep you interested - and wondering - until the end.
Oddly, after I gave it considerable thought, I thought the detective's final decision was absolutely correct - and absolutely disappointing. It showed a knowledge of one's self, and a moral decision that most would shirk.
As usual, Hogan's performance was 'right on' - telling the story through the author's words, without intruding his own personality.
I would listen to it again, with appreciation for the character insights and subtle clues the author provides throughout.
My favorite character is Mick Kennedy, the most interesting police detective I can remember. His introspection throughout the book makes the reader understand why he acts in certain ways, and why he reacts as he does to the other characters.
I loved Mr. Hogan's narration. His Irish accent differs so much from Gerard Doyle's, whose tough hooligans are wonderfully animated by his reading, but Hogan's is wonderful in its own way. I loved hearing people called "thick" from time to time.
This book made me sad for everyone involved, which might not be much of a recommendation, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.
This book is a wonderful mystery as well as a look into the hard times of Irish society. Broken Harbor is a housing development gone bust...but also the people are broken in many ways. The reader shifts from character to character in a very believable voice. The pace never slows down and I return to the book with anticipation every time.
I love the reader's voice, inflections, and interpretation of the characters. Absolutely amazing.
An atmospheric who-done it with two interesting detectives - as entertaining as Inspector Lewis and and Sargent Hathaway, Holmes and Watson.
I will look for more books by this narrator. I love Tana French as well.
Loved the narrator, plot and characters. Lots of twists and turns very believeable. I was disappointed in the ending, but I will keep reading ms french.
Great voice and performance.
This was a great series. Each book is so different and not just more of the same. Lots of twists and turns. Loved it!
Predictable, but I liked the way the story developed. That Dublin Murder Squad would be unmanned if a (remotely) normal childhood was an employment requirement.
Interesting story, Tana French is a very good popular writer, with nice visual images and strong writing. This was a VERY long book, which is not a bad thing in my opinion, but there's a lot of main character reflection (done in the first person, which is fine), which I found a little tedious. Still kept my interest, though.
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