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Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4 | [Tana French]

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Mary Walnut Creek, CA United States 08-20-12
    Mary Walnut Creek, CA United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Surprisingly riveting."
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    Yes. I don't usually read this type of crime/mystery novel but based on reviews I decided to try it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was very intriguing. Definitely put me in an Ireland I never experienced.


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought accents and performance were excellent -- very real -- not over the top.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to put it down.


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    Jeremy Springfield, VA, United States 08-20-12
    Jeremy Springfield, VA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not her best, but still better than most."
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    I have listened to all of Tana French's books. I absolutely loved The Likeness and Faithful Place. and In the Woods was very good. This title is more in line with In the Woods. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel complete at the end. In the Woods and Broken Harbor both left me wanting a little more from the story.
    If you listened to and liked her other books; give this one a shot, but don't expect this to be as good. If you haven't listened to her books, I would start with The Likeness.


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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 08-20-12
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not your average mystery."

    I read for pleasure and enjoyment, and do the same for my listening. I am in higher education, and I by the time I am done with my job, I don't want to be educated anymore...I just want to enjoy a good read. Nevertheless, this book was not JUST your average murder mystery. It conveys a social message, and one very pertinent to our time. It really got me thinking about how one's circumstances can have large rippling effects. It was also a good mystery. I was left guessing til the end. There were several plausible solutions, and no way to determine which one was correct. It's been awhile since I've left my earphones in after a run because the book was too good to put down, but that's what I did with this one.

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    Karen Winston-Salem, NC, United States 08-20-12
    Karen Winston-Salem, NC, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2002
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    "...a Dickens for the Irish in a new century....."

    Tana French moves the murder mystery far beyond "whodunit" into literature in three key elements: beautiful, poetic language, plot development, and character. Her powers of description are so engaging that, despite the sometimes harrowing scenes she sketches, a reader must fall a little in love with Ireland and the Irish. "In the Woods" called back the memory of childhood summers, you'll want to live in a noisy nosy Irish neighborhood after "Faithful Place," and "The Likeness" made me long for the special friendships that grow nowhere but graduate school. Odd comments on gruesome murder mysteries, wouldn't you agree? You decide which nostalgia or desire "Broken Harbor" wakes in you.

    In "Broken Harbor," French, as usual, weaves love and delight expertly with disgust and despair. Stephen Hogan's narration brings a new dimension to mental illness. Neither writer nor narrator will allow you to dismiss or hate a character without seeing that character as a whole person.

    "Broken Harbor" is not an easy listen; it is challenging. But it is also rewarding and well worthwhile.

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    Mary WACO, TX, United States 08-19-12
    Mary WACO, TX, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What can I say? I LOVE this writer."

    Because I like her previous books so much, I was afraid this one might be a disappointment. It's not.

    The author can reach right into your guts and twist everything into knots. Her stories are about love, connection, joy, sacrifice, sadness, and betrayal, all cloaked in mystery. Reading her books are like unwrapping a package, layer after layer, not knowing what you will find, yet never being disappointed.

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    Katherine Salem, OR, United States 08-18-12
    Katherine Salem, OR, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Read! I'm sad that I finished it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Harbor to be better than the print version?


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story, written very well, and with a great narrator. I honestly cared about the characters and found myself making excuses to keep listening (one more trip around the block, headphones on while gardening, while at work, getting ready in the morning...).

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    Jason DES MOINES, WA, United States 08-16-12
    Jason DES MOINES, WA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "She does it again!"

    I was happy to see that Tana French had another book out so was excited to read Broken Harbor. Twists and turns to keep you guessing. Excellent!!

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    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 08-14-12
    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.

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    "My favorite from the series"

    I think this is my favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series. I really couldn't see how everything was going to turn out at the end and tie together. Some surprises along the way and a great narrator make this credit worthy.

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    Susan Cheshire, OR, United States 08-13-12
    Susan Cheshire, OR, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    enthralling moody dark


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

    Iron Mountain by John Hart. I love both these writers. One really gets absorbed by the protagonist in that he has something dark in his past. You know it's going to come out in some awful way. There is always the feeling of something about to happen and trying to second guess the writer makes for a really fascinating read.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    I loved it. I love a reader that is so adept that one knows who's talking by the slight changes in his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The confession, It was so plausible.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Tana French

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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 08-10-12
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2005

    I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.

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    "Good but not her Best."

    I have been waiting for several years for a new Tana French novel to be available. I was really a bit disappointed. I love her skill, I love the narrator. The story was a little dark and narrow for me. It was definitely intense, a real mystery, and shows her talent. I was not entertained in the same way as Faithful Place, which I will listen to for a third time. I am a great fan of hers, don't dispute her talent. Admittedly, I am a person who goes for a bit more feel good. It gave me such a sense of dread because I actually believe that places can be powerful enough to destroy lives. Don't get me wrong this an intense well written mystery. a little too heavy for me. And Faithful Place was not - go figure.

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