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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Many plot twists and turns in this story. Sitting here thinking about the book makes me believe that there was something in the water to make the residence of Bryan's Town nutty. I love a book that makes you be your own detective trying to solve the murder. This book was no exception. Broken Harbor makes you appreciate the detail that goes into an investigation to solve the mystery but also the human aspect of doing the job right and not allowing your own personal demons alter the outcomes.
One thing that irks me with all of her books is the way she writes a story about the detective within a story but you never solve the mystery of the detective's background. I guess that is her writers M.O.
The narration by Stephen Hogan was very well done. I enjoyed the Irish lilt and common everyday lingo. The distinction between all characters were very well played.
Overall I will always be a Tana French fan always wanting just a little bit more about the detective.
I am blown away by this book. This is the third "Dublin Murder Squad" novel. The first, In The Woods, is an intense and wild ride. The next, The Likeness, is sort of difficult to take but well-built and intriguing, This one is the payoff. It may be the best audiobook I have ever listened to.
The way the plot unfolds is like taking a walk and rounding the corner to show you a new panorama. You forget it's a book. I have a hard time picking just one of these moments.
The narrator is a talented actor and his line reading is perfect. Every character has such a distinct sound you don't need to wait for the author to identity him or her. This is one of those books that pulls you in so completely that you can't do much else while listening.
I like French but she is getting too predictible, Hogan is a great.
Less transparent, afterall it is a mystery
Another Audible Addict
It started a little slow, but once it got going this book was really great. A classic "who done it". The performance was always top notch and Mr. Hogan's voice a natural for the main character. I thought the subplot was interesting too. How one deals with mental illness in their family.
a surprise ending
yes, I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong.
Yes, very good voice.
Tana French is a fabulous author. I've listened to all her books and I always prefer to listen because I enjoy hearing them read with lovely Irish accents. Highly recommend this and all her other books!
Tana French is terrific. Another excellent read. Loved the moody ambiance and the intricate plot. Five stars.
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...
Read/Listen to it!
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.
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