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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Yes. French's stories are well above most in this genre. But this narrator really nailed it for me. Particularly in his characterizations of Det. Richie Curran, the rookie with people skills and compassion, and in his ability to make the egotistical main character, Mick Kennedy, still elicit our sympathy and cheer for him - that's not easy to do with a character who has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Irish Sea.But Kennedy always does the right thing ... or does he?The book addresses several aspects of mental illness sympathetically but with unflinching clarity. Anyone who has experience with such diagnoses in their family or in themselves, will appreciate that the author portrays this with honesty and excellent description on all sides. French ties up all the strings, save for one. And that one ... well, perhaps best not known. The ending surprised and saddened me, but it was as it should be. It'll be interesting to see what comes next.
I was riveted to the story from the first go. Details, details, descriptions that ring true.
When Dina returned to the flat. Mick's interactions with his sister were poignant and well-written.
This is my first Tana French book, but it certainly won't be the last. Really well written Murder-Mystery that has everything you could want from a book. Great characters with a lot of emotional depth and interesting exploration into the human condition. Love this book!
A major plus is that the narrator was great. Great accents, acting, etc...
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I think it is a good book, but not as wonderful as her others.
The plot was exciting, but it went on too long.
He is an excellent reader.
When you learned about Detective Mick Kennedy's past.
The relationship between Kennedy and Richie is interesting. I felt that for a good detective Kennedy kept coming with the wrong conclusions. Maybe the plot was too much.
This reader is perfect. He absolutely inhabits the main character/narrator, but he is so convincing In the other voices that at times I forgot it it wasn't a cast of readers. He broke through the line between reading and reality and put you right there.
Made sense. The various tales that make up the whole move inexorably toward resolution, some some tragic, some depressing, some kind.
No, way too long, and intense.
The book moves slowly, and at times I was impatient, but the reader was so excellent, I was happy to hang in there just to keep hearing his voice.
Painful challenging complex
Tana French makes you want to get inside each and every character and think/feel as they do. You want to believe each one but are constantly led to realize their weaknesses and flaws, and must try relying on the judgment and opinion of the next in turn. I am always happy to be pulled along by her narratives.
The narrator of course - as it was told through his voice consistently
I would recommend. Great story with lots of twists and turns and psychological analysis
Broken Harbor is a complex human drama that focuses on a murdered family in a 'failed' development near Dublin.
The main character, Mike Kennedy, was the head of the murder investigation. His character experienced many well-portrayed conflicts.
Not likely. Hero was full of cant and self-absorption, homilies pouring out about how smart or good he was, overladen with a quite conservative social point of view. The most interesting and well portrayed character was his crazy daughter; she sprang to life when entering the scene.
Remarkably, there was no "ending." The fanciful murders and holes in the walls were never really explained, frustrating a long wait for a resolution
The partner assigned to the hero was given a more heavy Irish accent that often drifted into a mumble and I had to guess at what was being said, even after replaying
Wonderful story, excellent narrator. Author and narrator combine to provide a thoughtful, introspective mystery. Not so much the what happened but more importantly the whys of what happened. Finely developed.
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