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Broken Harbor: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Tana French

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Title:Broken Harbor: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad)
Authors:Tana French
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Broken Harbor by Tana French (2012)

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Truly awesome read. Very complex plot that isn't given away fully till the end. You never know exactly who to suspect or what is real or imagined. A very finely crafted tale indeed. ( )
  stevewhite71 | Mar 19, 2014 |
Mick Kennedy finds childhood summer resort converted to hopeless abandoned housing project when unemployed victims of the '08 crash try to hold their lives together. The murder of two children and a father, and serious wounding of the mother demands immediate solution. But Kennedy's personal life impinges on the case as his crazy sister and memories of his mother's suicide at the location years earlier battle with his feelings for the victims and suspects.
  ritaer | Mar 16, 2014 |
Excellent though depressing mystery novel. ( )
  erinster | Mar 15, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. God, she just writes so well, such a gripping story, with great characters. It'd make you jealous.
At any rate, she uses the setting, a bleak and burned out husk of Ireland after the recession, well. Though perhaps, for me, anyway, I felt it was hammered home down the home stretch again and again and again. The characters are great, for the most part, and the plot devices almost Sherlockian (I couldn't help think of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", and expected the furry invader of the Spain's house to be a snake of some sort). For the first two thirds of the book it flew along, I was desperate to turn the pages and follow the Murder Squad's investigation. It started to drag, a little, well… to avoid spoiling anything, about two thirds of the way through. But overall, she kept the suspense up (it could have gotten uglier than it did, and she really picked it up again for the ending).
Of the books of hers that I've read this one is up there with _Faithful Place_ for me. A great read. ( )
  mhanlon | Mar 9, 2014 |
Fourth in a series now called the Dublin Murder Squad, this isn't a mystery as much as an exploration of human vulnerability, mental illness, and how the past can't really be escaped. This isn't a series in the traditional sense; French doesn't stick with one protagonist throughout. Instead, each book is seen through the eyes of a detective who appeared in the previous book. In this case, it's Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy who is investigating the murder of a man, his two children, and the near fatal attack on the man's wife. Scorcher has a rookie detective to train, a mentally unbalanced younger sister, and a past he has tried for years to keep buried. But the crime was committed in a housing development in what was once the beach resort where Scorcher and his family went every summer when he was a youth, and where his mother had died.

The investigation focuses on a few suspects only, and the relatively quick apprehension of the prime suspect leads to doubts despite the evidence. As Scorcher and his partner attempt to nail down the case, doubts grow about the man's guilt despite the overwhelming evidence and a confession, and all the while, Scorcher wrestles with his sister's explosive behavior and the memories of their mother's death. By the time the book ends, who killed the Spains won't matter nearly as much as what lead to their deaths and how the case has affected the men investigating it. This book is an emotional rollercoaster that might not keep you guessing, though there are a few ways the resolution could have gone. What it should do is make you feel for the characters. This is the sort of book that tends to linger with me for a while, because the characters feel so real. ( )
  ShellyS | Mar 7, 2014 |
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Murder Detective Mick Kennedy is all about control.
Driving the right car. Wearing the right suit. Everything carefully designed to show the world - and most importantly, the killer - that he is in charge of this case.
But Broken Harbour will not be tamed.
This wild, beautiful place holds Mick Kennedy's happiest memories. It also holds his worst.
And now a new horror has happened here, and the cracks are beginning to show.
From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday TImes and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, Broken Harbour is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
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In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.… (more)

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