In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach.For Ellie it's a personal blow; Danny was her older son’s best friend. She can’t believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny’s parents, suspect in his death. It’s a living nightmare for everyone involved…even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors.An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.
What did you like best about this story?
Without saying any thing that might "spoil" the ending, I love the way in the end the loose ends come together/pay off. Every character has a purpose.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. Very compelling.
Any additional comments?
I just started watching the TV series having first listened to this. And I keep feeling like I have already SEEN it. The way this is written and narrated I experienced the story completely, including visualizing it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The novel format of this series is inspired. I loved the internal dialogue and felt every gut punch along with the characters.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I listened to the book and then watched the TV show bit by bit going back and forth.This was an interesting way to consume the content. I will have to say that near the end it was difficult to listen to some of the descriptions. They were not pornographic but they were vary disturbing.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
what a great book, excellent story,character development, suprized and entertaining. I do recommend this book
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. It is a little too syrupy with way too possibilities of who "did it". Almost to the point of not having a real plot. I guess I can appreciate the character development and Ms. Pickles performance but the story line was drudgingly hard to get through, for me. More action less soap.
What about Carolyn Pickles’s performance did you like?
Her voice is nice on the ears.
Did Broadchurch inspire you to do anything?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good mystery, plenty of suspects to keep the suspense. However, I found the prose a bit choppy, which I attribute to this being an adaptation of a scripted story. Narrator is fine, although the British accent may be a bit hard to follow initially.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Plot stalls a little in the middle, but the atmosphere is well set. The end is shocking. A good thriller if you like stories that show the dark sides of people.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
First of all, I am a sucker for a British accent. So I enjoyed the gentle lilt of the performance. I think she nailed the characters.
I liked the inner monologues of most of the characters. Whether the author got all of this insight from the show or if it was just an interpretation, but I believed them.
I think the story had an excellent twist, and kept me guessing, even though I had seen the American version, “Gracepoint” (with a slightly different ending). SEMI-SPOILER ALERT:
My only problem with the story is I wasn’t convinced of the relationship between Danny and his killer. Can’t say much else without giving something away.
Overall I enjoyed it, and I would listen to more about this sleepy little town.
This is probably the best audiobook that I have purchased in a year and a half. Totally engrossing with great narration. I'm looking forward to watching the television version soon. Recommend wholeheartedly.