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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However, Tana French has again given us a well written work of fiction. She continues to be an author that I don't hesitate to buy new releases.
She weaves characters, relationships, location, and the economy together around the murders in a family.
The main characters are a senior detective with a rigid sense of right and wrong and a life broken by childhood tragedy, a rookie detective fresh from traffic duty and trying to bend justice to his compassionate sense of right, and four childhood friends with a group history and divergent adult lives. The setting includes a crumbling "upscale" housing development and job loss, both caused by the economic downturn.
I was really fascinated by the gradual descent into madness of the murdered family. First the husband, then the wife, and then the two children! The sister and a watcher were close by and could have stepped in to help, but they were totally clueless as to what was going on inside the house.
From the beginning there weren't many possible outcomes. The story was more a matter of unlocking exactly what had happened, how, and why. There were some unusual clues (holes in the walls), withheld evidence, wrong turns and missteps along the way, but the ending was justice if not a surprise.
As with other Dublin Murder Squad books, this can stand alone. It is not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.
The story kept my attention, the narration is decent, and I enjoyed the whole listen.
Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.
Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.
The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.
The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.
Another fantastic story in this series.
Absolutely loved the first ⅔ of this latest offering of Tana French's and was thinking it would fully merit a 5 star rating. It offered all of what I like best about this author--great writing, taut story-line and authentic characters.
I'm not sure what happened, but about ⅔ of the way in, all of these features just seemed to evaporate and the story became long-winded, implausible and just about every character lost his/her believability--it was like someone else with inferior talent took over writing the book.
Hope this will just be an isolated glitch in the career of one of my favorite authors of this genre.
I would cut about 1/4 of the book out. Tana French had to have been paid by the word. It's a good story but very bloated. on and on and on and on ..... The feeling of suspense is ruined by so much ruminating.
EDIT and then edit some more.
I liked the narrator.
Probably. Any C list Lifetime actor.
Why do good authors go "bad"? I was so excited to start her new book about half way thru I wanted to rip my ears off.
Yes - already have.
No - first one.
I was very surprised by the ending.
A little bit slow to start - but don't give up. It gets really good!
I listened to all four of Tana French's books. I loved that each successive book was about a character that was introduced in the previous book. If you are looking for a good, involved story that keeps you guessing and "then having that how did I not see that coming" moment, then you will love reading these books. Tana French is a craftsman at telling one story and once the book is finished realizing that there was so much more going on under the surface. The Narrator was excellent, especially considering the accent. I had no trouble telling the individual characters apart. It was a pleasure listening to this book.
the narrator, the story, the characters!
this is better than a dragon tatoo series
every characther has it's voice, it is an unbeleivable performance
it made me said and even tearful in one place, I do not really get this way about fictional characters
This was a thrilling experience created by an author and an artist. Thank you so very much.
This book was great.... Crazy crazy crazy
Yes! Couldn't stop listening
I love mysteries in a different country. This was Ireland and you have the mystery and a new culture all thrown in together. I love the accents and I learn a little something that I did not already know about the country.
Loved the story and narration - very good book.
Tana French is a terrific writer! The narrator was great except I did not like his portrayal of the main character's sister - other than that, excellent narration.
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