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 is the fourth in a loose series about detectives in the dublin murder squad, and while the least excellent so far, is still good. the stakes here don't seem high enough, for the detectives or for the murderers. too much is told in backstory and only occasionally does it feel scary or like anything is at risk.
the performance is great. her writing is great. the story just isn't as great as the last three books.
Better than the typical murder mystery. Looks at character flaws in all of the characters. Brilliant bitter sweet ending.
voice, inflection, adding him to my list of fav narrators.
bit of emo there
Always love her books and this is an absolutely absorbing story from a great author.
Wonderful variety of voices.
Addictive, Riveting, Sad
Yes, little hints dropped here and there about the unknown, things not being what they seem.
The Irish accent.
Really learn about the family, the crime and the detective. Excellent character development
Yes, by sympathizing with every character it was difficult to guess who was capable of what.
I liked all of them. Richie and his outfits were funny.
All of Tana French's books are great reads my favorite is The likeness.
Dublin Murder Squad
I don't want to give away anything!
No - nothing extreme, but I thought the portrayal of characters with mental illnesses, and the effect that has on their families, was very well done.
I appreciate the fact that, from what I can tell, the writing has not been modified for American audiences. I gather the language is authentic, and I find it really interesting to learn what expressions we have in common ("24/7"), and to figure out some of the Irish expressions mean ("Fair play to ya")
The author really gets into the heads of all the characters. The narration was excellent, even the female characters were believable, which some male narrators don't do well. One part of the story was particularly disturbing. I want to read more by this author.
A Tour de Force by both the author and the narrator. The author does an incredible job of presenting a hideous crime and a completely believable mystery. There are enough clues for the reader to solve the crime, but enough realistic surprises so that you are completely absorbed right to the end.
The story is well crafted and lyrically written.
If this had been a movie, Stephen Hogan would be nominated for both best actor and best supporting actress.
The book is haunting.
One of the best stories I've heard in a long time. Excellent plot twists and turns keep the story moving. Exposes a sad tale of broken people who succumb to their broken existence.
One of the most memorable moments occurs when the main detective realizes who the real killer is.
He brings the characters alive with all the tones and inflections. Very memorable.
I loved it!
A thrilling, psychological, murder mystery with a twist!
This fascinating crime novel is filled with interesting characters and several viable suspects. So many possible scenarios were presented that I just had to keep listening to find out what had really happened to Spaine family.
There were so many questions:
How had the Spaine children come to be found "peacefully" dead in their beds? Why were Patrick and Jenny Spaine so viciously attacked and found curled together downstairs? What was with all of the holes in the walls of the family home? Was there some wild animal living inside the walls? Was someone watching the family?
Veteran detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner, rookie detective, Richie, form an interesting partnership as they attempt to unravel all the threads of this tangled web of unanswered questions. A tragic crime that, at first, seems straightforward and simple becomes more complex and frustrating, as they come closer and closer to finding out what really happened to the Spaine family.
Irish-born Stephen Hogan's rich and naturally warm voice adds an authentic feel to the entire story. He personifies the character of Detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy in a way that allows the reader to better feel the detective's excitement, his doubts and his frustration. I would definitely listen to more audio books narrated by Stephen Hogan.
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