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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Not likely. Hero was full of cant and self-absorption, homilies pouring out about how smart or good he was, overladen with a quite conservative social point of view. The most interesting and well portrayed character was his crazy daughter; she sprang to life when entering the scene.
Remarkably, there was no "ending." The fanciful murders and holes in the walls were never really explained, frustrating a long wait for a resolution
The partner assigned to the hero was given a more heavy Irish accent that often drifted into a mumble and I had to guess at what was being said, even after replaying
Wonderful story, excellent narrator. Author and narrator combine to provide a thoughtful, introspective mystery. Not so much the what happened but more importantly the whys of what happened. Finely developed.
Seriously, I thought the author would eventually reveal that this family (and all of Broken Harbor for that matter) was poisoned by lead plumbing, what with all the mental health issues and shoddy construction.
As I listened to the first two-thirds of the book I kept telling my husband this was one he shouldn't miss. I found the story and setting fascinating. I laughed at the bursts of levity that popped through. I loved the sidekick.
Alas, in the end I was just getting through a tedious resolution. In summary: a great story with an excess of psychiatric patients.
Stephen Hogan's performance!
There's something going on in that house out at Broken Harbor and Ms. French keeps you asking nearly the entire time "will they figure out what it is?"
Very much enjoyed the narrator - his accent was authentic.
Psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair
I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.
Tana French is rapidly becoming my favorite writer of mystery thrillers. Quite possibly in my top 10 favorite writers in any genre. I loved In the Woods and Faithful Place and liked The Likeness very much. I would hardly have thought it possible, but this novel beats her others hands down, both as a whodunit and as an interesting set of psychological character studies. Not only is the novel itself wonderful, but Stephen Hogan's narration is the best in the series too. He does a wonderful job differentiating social classes by varying the Irish dialects they speak. All in all it is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.
No, but only because it is a mystery and now I know what happens! The performance, story and writing were very good and deserve the highest praise.
Finding out my speculation as to the ending was all wrong.
The very first description of "Bryan's Town" so incredibly creepy and believable.
This book deals with the murders of two small children, so there are portions of it that are hard to listen to. If I were reading it, I could skim, but the audible version makes me listen to parts that are difficult to hear but necessary for the impact of the story.
Be wary if you are squeamish or can not handle hearing about children being killed. There are some graphic moments in this dealing with difficult subject matter.
I will definitely not. I couldn't even finish this one.
No, just this author.
Performance was OK.
Not that I remember.
Not predictable, moved along, kept my interest
I liked the development of the relationship between Kennedy and Curran
Tell us about yourself!
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.
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