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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.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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A bit repetitious

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

great for book group discussion

Has Broken Harbor turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

love the accents true to the characters and their emotions

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Broken Harbor?

it has been a while since I read the book, but I believe there is a scene where the husband is at the computer and he is hearing the noises in attic yet again. I realize these were essential to the story, but for lack of better words, they drove me crazy. And not in a good way relating to the character. I wanted to throw my earplugs out the window!!!!

Any additional comments?

I feel like a few parts of the book never connected and I hoped they would have. I don't need her books to wrap up nicely, but she had some good characters and didn't build.

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Not Her Best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Until this book I was addicted to Tana French. I was bored listening to the protagonist going on and on about his early years.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

Yes! I'm hoping to read more Tana French like the 3 prior listens that were incredible.

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Psychological police procedural

The author created a perfectly fine police procedural and neatly tied together story. My star rating reflects the fact that I felt dropped into the deep end too quickly to get to know/be expected to care about the characters for this psychological thriller. I kept thinking "why should I care about this relationship? I don't know this character." Am all about suspending reality to enjoy an outlandish crime/murder/thriller but preferred the character and relationship development of Faithful Place.

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May not be able to finish this one...

The performance of this is so distracting. Scorcher sounds only vaguely Irish, only some of the time. Mostly he sounds like he's channelling Sam Spade crossed with Batman. And the sister is read so shrilly, it's almost painful. Shame because I really like the stories in these books.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-01-16

Best novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series!

With this novel Tana French puts herself into the same league as Adrian McKinty as a great Irish detective thriller writer. Stephen Hogan is a superb narrator. I especially like the Scorcher Kennedy character.

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Fantastic writing, somewhat unlikable lead

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Beautifully written mystery and character study, but struggles because the main character (Detective Michael "Scorcher" Kennedy) is not particularly likable. French nonetheless crafts a nice mystery, uncovers things organically, and follows the characters and their personalities through in believable ways. But unlike the first three books in her Dublin Murder Squad series, you don't feel as caught up in the fate of the narrator. He is too heavy on the positive thinking and a little bit too pompous to really root for, and without feeling invested in his future it is hard to find the climax and his fall as gripping. 3.5 stars, just as well written as the prior books but without a character you truly feel for.

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It is finally over.....

I love Tana French, but this Narrator changed his style every chapter, switched characters at the wrong time, and gave me the creeps when he spoke as a female character. Most irritating listen ever.

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Not the story I was hoping for

I do like the Tana French novels I've listened to, and I particularly like her character development -- each one of the Dublin Murder Squad books (so far) seems to take a murder detective and use a case to delved deep into the character and the effect of the case on that character. This one is no exception, however I found that the main character here is more deeply flawed than most and balancing carefully on the edge of breaking apart. I was hoping that would become more of the focus and progression of the story, but that never seemed to happen. It left me feeling dissatisfied with the ending, even though i enjoyed the trip along the way. As in the others, the plot plays second fiddle to the characters, but that can still make for a good book. Too many authors put all their effort into a fabulous plot, but have cardboard characters with stilted dialogue, but I prefer a balance tilted more towards characterization.

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Riveting !

Excellent narration, adding drama and emotion to the story. The book itself is first rate, the characters interesting, the theme ( economic recession) timely, and the mystery suspenseful. It is a bit long, but Stephen Hogan's compelling narration kept me completely involved. Definitely recommended !

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  • Steph
  • United States
  • 09-02-14

It's the unraveling of everything! In a good way

The first Dublin Murder Squad book I picked up was 'The Likeness' and I liked it, but after I read 'Faithful Place' I've been on an obsessive Tana French kick. Broken Harbour follows Michael Kennedy nicknamed "Scorcher." This little gem of a book follows this Murder Squad detective who meticulously follows up on all the details and rules of an investigation. He ensure his murderer is locked away nice and tight without any hope of getting off on a technicality. He doesn't close a case until after the trial. He wants no loose ends. We met Scorcher in 'Faithful Place' and our boy Frank left Scorcher hanging. You could say the investigation at Faithful Place started the unraveling of Mr. Kennedy.

Kennedy, like most detective,s and all French's characters has a scarred childhood. He, however, went to therapy after his divorce and dealt with his issues. He believes he is firmly in control of his own destiny and if you look at life in a positive manner positive things will come to you. The book is about his first big case after Faithful Place and he has no intention of screwing up after working his way back up through the junkie murders. A lot of detectives don't like the big cases or has an issue with murders involving children. For Scorcher, he believes, if you couldn't handle it why do you want to work murder in the first place. He takes a new rookie, Richie, through the paces and chose to keep him on the new big case where an entire family is murdered including two young children. The family, the Spain's, were living in a half finished housing development that got shut down by the economic crash in Dublin. They were in the middle of nowhere and where there are so few neighbors no one may have heard anything.

Kennedy doesn't get close to people. He prefers rookies because they don't ask personal questions. No one on the squad who has known him for years knows that he has a sister who is extremely mentally unstable or that his mother committed suicide. She committed suicide in Broken Harbor, the same place as the Spain's, on a family vacation to the sea when he was a child. There is something strange at Broken Harbor. Nothing seems right. Mental instability is a vein through the entire book and the desperate need for people to control their situation and surrounding.

Tana French did a wonderful job. She ties the story together and while the solution may seem obvious she takes you tracking down many red herrings. As per French's usual not all our questions are answered and that is part of its beauty. This is a dark tale that spirals out of control and Kennedy doesn't come out smelling like a fresh lily. Anyone who likes Tana French will be happy. The audible version is narrated by Stephen Hogan. He does a great job. His female voices aren't perfect but I have listened to far worse. As far as his interpretation of Kennedy or Richie he does a fabulous job. I enjoy listening to her books so I can hear the Irish accent since I won't create it in my head. If you haven't read her I recommend you do. This is the fourth installment of the series but there is no need to read the books in order. You won't miss any crucial background story. Each book is a separate mystery about a separate character on the Dublin Murder Squad. Pick the one you feel most interested in and start there. If you want to start with her latest release, 'The Secret Place,' it won't cause a problem. Just make sure you start reading the Dublin Murder Squad.

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