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Broken Harbor by Tana French

Broken Harbor (2012)

by Tana French

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Series: Dublin Murder Squad (4)

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Just finished reading Tana French's Broken Harbor, the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. I'm late to find this author as the book was published in 2012, but find I enjoy her books tremendously. Unfortunately I find this book my least favorite to date, strangely enough, others have listed it as their favorite. I didn't like because there seemed no possibilty of a good outcome, the people that enjoyed were drawn to the classic thriller model. The author handles the idea of mental illness quite well, from "insanity as a lame excuse" all the way to "it could be me". Well done! ( )
  MM_Jones | Oct 3, 2017 |
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  joanalau | Sep 6, 2017 |
Another winner from Tana French, featuring members of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Here, Scorcher Kennedy and a rookie on the squad investigate the murder of a family in a failed real estate development. The pale of the 2007-2008 financial crisis hangs over the whole story, as the detectives slowly uncover the story of a family unraveling under economic pressure.

Who murdered the family? The husband, going paranoid? The wife, who prized a perfect appearance more than confronting the family's deteriorating circumstances? Or the watcher, who spied on the family for several months? And once the killer is identified, what is justice?

Atmospheric, tense, ultimately sad but satisfying. ( )
  barlow304 | Jul 26, 2017 |
This is the fourth in French's Dublin Murder Squad series, and it features Detective Michael "Scorcher" Kennedy, who is called on to investigate the murder of a family in their own home, in one of the few finished and occupied houses in a partially completed upscale estate that has been abandoned by the builders as a result of the recession. (If you read Faithful Place, you'll recognize Kennedy.) The land it occupies was once a seaside vacation spot, where Kennedy's own family spent summers when he was a child. He must not only solve this heart-breaking crime while breaking in a new partner, but face his own sad past and the on-going stress of dealing with his psychologically wounded sister. It's a page-turner, and as good as all the rest of this series.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Jul 5, 2017 |
This book had that wonderful rich atmosphere that one can expect from a Tana French novel. Beautifully written, it draws you in and won't let go until the very end. Highly recommended as an enthralling summer read, it was a hard one to put down. ( )
  rlgemperline89 | Jun 27, 2017 |
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Tana Frenchprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kolstad, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Timmermann, KlausÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Velzen, MarjoleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wasel, UlrikeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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