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, by sympathizing with every character it was difficult to guess who was capable of what.
I liked all of them. Richie and his outfits were funny.
All of Tana French's books are great reads my favorite is The likeness.
Dublin Murder Squad
I don't want to give away anything!
No - nothing extreme, but I thought the portrayal of characters with mental illnesses, and the effect that has on their families, was very well done.
I appreciate the fact that, from what I can tell, the writing has not been modified for American audiences. I gather the language is authentic, and I find it really interesting to learn what expressions we have in common ("24/7"), and to figure out some of the Irish expressions mean ("Fair play to ya")
The author really gets into the heads of all the characters. The narration was excellent, even the female characters were believable, which some male narrators don't do well. One part of the story was particularly disturbing. I want to read more by this author.
A Tour de Force by both the author and the narrator. The author does an incredible job of presenting a hideous crime and a completely believable mystery. There are enough clues for the reader to solve the crime, but enough realistic surprises so that you are completely absorbed right to the end.
The story is well crafted and lyrically written.
If this had been a movie, Stephen Hogan would be nominated for both best actor and best supporting actress.
The book is haunting.
One of the best stories I've heard in a long time. Excellent plot twists and turns keep the story moving. Exposes a sad tale of broken people who succumb to their broken existence.
One of the most memorable moments occurs when the main detective realizes who the real killer is.
He brings the characters alive with all the tones and inflections. Very memorable.
I loved it!
A thrilling, psychological, murder mystery with a twist!
This fascinating crime novel is filled with interesting characters and several viable suspects. So many possible scenarios were presented that I just had to keep listening to find out what had really happened to Spaine family.
There were so many questions:
How had the Spaine children come to be found "peacefully" dead in their beds? Why were Patrick and Jenny Spaine so viciously attacked and found curled together downstairs? What was with all of the holes in the walls of the family home? Was there some wild animal living inside the walls? Was someone watching the family?
Veteran detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner, rookie detective, Richie, form an interesting partnership as they attempt to unravel all the threads of this tangled web of unanswered questions. A tragic crime that, at first, seems straightforward and simple becomes more complex and frustrating, as they come closer and closer to finding out what really happened to the Spaine family.
Irish-born Stephen Hogan's rich and naturally warm voice adds an authentic feel to the entire story. He personifies the character of Detective- Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy in a way that allows the reader to better feel the detective's excitement, his doubts and his frustration. I would definitely listen to more audio books narrated by Stephen Hogan.
A more complex plot with characters who didn't make catastrophic mistakes.
She didn't write about a place I wanted to 'be at' or people I wanted 'to know'. The characters were too fallible which is NOT why I read fiction - there is real life for that!
It dragged on and on....
Too much dialogue. Secrets left up the imagination at the end. The murderer recounted the murder in PERFECT detail.... unbelievable and disappointing.
Yes I would, because I really like Tana French as an author. I have been looking forward to reading this book as if being in withdrawal from her terrific stories and characters. I love the Dublinese which is probably easier to listen too for a foreigner than it would be to read. The narration forces me to really work at listening to unfamiliar idioms and the slang. But this story was so very disturbing to me as someone who is in the business of comforting people trying to help them sort through the devastation being wrought by the current economic climate, that I have been haunted since I finished it.
The author has written a story that was meant to be a window and a mirror at the same time. I kept longing for some kind of logical thread to weave through the story, but the author's intention is discomfort. The story is not enjoyable, it is a tragedy as poignant as, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. I kept hoping for there to be a demon, some toxic poison lurking in the air, carbon monoxide, poisonous fumes from the tainted brown harbor. I wanted a reasonable explanation for the tragedy, but the expectation of the reader/listener, in the end, is to share everyone's burden of pain and terrible grief.
Riveting. Commanding. Balanced.
Yes, probably because I want to meet Mick Kennedy.
This is a story that may well be true for too many people whose lives are being devastated everyday more and more by the greed and cowardice of a few. My hope and prayer is that the "banksters" who seduce and dupe the inexperienced dreamers will one day be forced to invest in the world's economic recovery.
Ms. French's command of character and the building of a story are excellent. Wonderful building of basic moral questions about justice.
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