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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"Keeps you hooked"
A good detective story that kept me guessing. Some moments of very elegant descriptive prose. Nicely complex characters in the main
"Authentic Irish crime thriller"
It was so refreshing to hear an audiobook voiced by Irish voice artists, whose accents were just right. The story lent itself perfectly to the audio format, being mainly a series of conversations and lead character inner monologues. I was hooked!
I appreciated the range of emotions and thoughts that he could convey, he made the lead character very real and believable.
Well worth the price, an easy to relate to story, wonderfully narrated. Parts of the story are a bit weird, and it's not all tied up in a nice easy ending, which makes it even more interesting. Buy it, I hope it won't disappoint!
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
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