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. I don't usually read this type of crime/mystery novel but based on reviews I decided to try it.
The plot was very intriguing. Definitely put me in an Ireland I never experienced.
I thought accents and performance were excellent -- very real -- not over the top.
It was hard to put it down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...).
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!!
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
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.
enthralling moody dark
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.
I loved it. I love a reader that is so adept that one knows who's talking by the slight changes in his voice.
The confession, It was so plausible.
I love Tana French
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
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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