In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk.
©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
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Like a lot of the other reviewers, I did really enjoy this audio book, with a couple of minor reservations. It's a clever idea, weaving social and psychological issues into a detective thriller with some ease. The narrator is very skilled at both male and female voices, differentiating the characters very well. One minor issue I had was the length of time the central character spent with his dysfunctional sister. I found myself becoming a little irritated by the sister to the point where I wanted that part of the story to end. All in all though, an exceptional story.
Narrator took away some of the pleasure as some of his voices were very irritating. Great story though you sort of know who did it but it leads you there well
"Superb narrator. Great story"
The narrator really brought the story to life. His voices for the different characters were believable and didn't sound false or forced as sometimes happens especially when voicing a character of the opposite sex.
"A bit long winded"
I struggled with this one. Whilst the storyline was good I felt there was too much unnecessary filling! Did Dina and Kennedy's mum really need to be referred to at all? I don't think Tana French novels are for me. The narrator was superb and I shall definately be in search of more books narrated by him.
This book was engrossing and superbly read by the narrator
Recommend it totally to anyone who enjoys a good story
Gripping, sad and funny at the same time.
Ritchie Curran, because he's such a puppy still, floppy ears and all, but brave. And human.
Ritchie Curran, with his thick Dublin accent. The way Hugh Lee portrayed him made him very loveable.
I got very angry at times with Dina. I could not stand the bloody cow.
What a great narrator. Very good with voices, and the accents are great. I know he's Irish but still, there's Irish, and then there's Irish. He did a marvellous job, and I did not want to stop listening. Which is unusual, I usually prefer female narrators.
The most gripping part of the story was you wanted to find out why the murders took pla
No he had very annoying voices, they all sounded the same between the women and the men.
It was a bit slow, but fundamentally a good story.
"Long book but keeps you intrigued"
Yes as hadn't guessed the ending so would be nice to listen knowing how it all ends
Maybe Michael Robotham's Watching You as has the same pyschological undertones
If I only read the book I would have skipped a lot of the descriptive narrative which you need to build the atmosphere and suspense
Yes, I mostly listen to audio books whilst walking the dog. I had a very tired dog by the end of the book!
Was nice to have a book that didn't have lots of grisly murders but really drew you into the story of the murdered family
I haven't read the printed version so I cannot say. However this book is so worth the listen for Hugh Lee anyway.
This book is a study in human nature with many sub plots. I like this type of plot and so enjoyed it immensely.
Tana's insight into the characters is almost uncany and rings true almost always. I found some conversations too long and repetitive towards the end of the book and found they could have been editied. hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
This original question was - how would you do to improve Hugh Lee's performance?
So-NOTHING!. I would give Hugh Lee 25 stars if I could not just 5. I listen to a lot of books on Audible and I never found any narrator coming close to his outstanding performance. He moves seamlessly between the characters; from man to woman to child each with a different accent. One has to keep reminding oneself that there is just one person narrating. When I first listened I had to go back and check that they hadn't used a woman narrator too!! He is truly amazing.
The end of the book needs abridging a little- which felt like it was a little spoilt by that.
"Not quite what I expected"
A better plot. The plot was literally unbelievable. I thought this book was going to be a thriller or a police detective novel, but was neither. Just a sad story that didn't ring true.
I certainly won't be reading any Tana French books again.
Absoutely superb narration and acting from Hugh Lee. Right out of the top drawer.
I would have cut out everything to do with the central character's sister. It didn't add anything to the plot at all.
This book badly needs editing properly. Much too long for what it is.
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