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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"Enjoyable Read but overlong"
I truly enjoyed this book which was not just a crime novel but also touched on issues of mental health but perhaps more importantly conscience and the moral right of detectives to judge a case purely on their view of the facts as they know them. It seemed to me that we, the reader, were also asked to choose the correct path and solve the moral dilemma.
What did drive me demented however, were the overlong passages of red herrings where whole chapters were devoted to searching for "the animal". I'll not spoil it any further but I also felt the book left too many loose ends. Some may say it's up to the reader to decide what happens next, but if I wanted to do that I'd have written the book myself.
Brilliantly narrated by Hugh Lee, it was overall a great read but I was left a little frustrated.
"7 hours too long!"
Full of Irish anx which prolonged the story for far too long. It kept hinting of black serious under plots which never materialised. Feel cross that I wasted a lang car journey to Scotland listening to it in the hope that the promise of the first half of the story would materialise.
I have read her books before and liked them. I will give her another chance. This book was far too long. Nearly gave up 2/3 of the way. Should have been edited better. Will be looking out for Hugh Lee again.
Since the story was dragged out I was looking for any ending! I suppose the ending was not the most surprising but it did keep me guessing .
Hugh Lee's different accents were very good. He was consistent so you knew who the characters were by the accent he used for them.
The story in it self was good but I feel it could have been shortened without loosing anything.
"Great listen and superb narration"
gripping listen right from the off. Loved the narrator
Narrator was first class.
He's fantastic. Really nailed it. Great range of voices, it's hard to believe that there is only one narrator.
"Slow start but utterly gripping"
I was initially disappointed by the slow pace of both the story and the narration. Nothing much seemed to be happening and the descriptions seemed too detailed. But before long I was totally gripped by the story. The details brought it to life and Hugh Lee did a great job of telling the story. By half way through I couldn't stop listening.
"Extremely well narrated very enjoyable listen"
I purchased this on offer based on the reviews and I am so glad I did so thank you to the reviewers!
What a fab job narrating - you have to check it's only one person, the characters really come to life and that makes all the difference.
A great listen I couldn't put down and I've already searched and found another book narrated by Hugh Lee which I am also deep into and thoroughly enjoying.
Highly recommended! Not my normal listens but I am converted!
"Broken harbour - a good read"
Yes it was enjoyable
The characters were interesting, least interesting was the fact that I sort of guessed early who was murderer
"Great but tooooo long!!!"
Great listen, perhaps I wouldn't have finished it though, had it been a book rather than an audio. Would have got fed up. Too much padding, not descriptive writing padding but the "she said, and then I said and then she said"
The initial anticipation regarding the who dunnit was great. But then it petered out - (no spoilers)
His performance was excellent. The way he did the women's voices, scarily good. Even if they were sometimes a bit whiney ;-)
Yes, they would cut out the extra bits.
"Half of a Fantastic Read"
Great Start BUT
The ending was a cop-out. You could see this coming from about half way through when the plot and characters became too convoluted and unbelievable
The narrator was excellent. Have not heard him before but only his performance kept me listening
When it started, YES,YES,YES! Then we hit the invisible wall of "what was that all about"?
I was hooked for the first half of this book. I love American Detective/Cop stories and this seemed up there with the best of them. Then the author seemed to be painted into a corner and had great difficulty getting out of it and to the end of the book.
"at times it was like listening to therapy"
Less detail the author went off the story line too much. Poor story with detail for detail sake which added no value to the story.
The story was dragged out with mindless boring detail
Yes the reader was good
The sister had little value to the story. The interview with witnesses was like being in an interview room. Too much detail without a point.
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