Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery & Detective
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 . . .
Everyone needs to read Tana French
Thoughts on Broken Harbour
In the Woods is the first book in the series and has always been my favourite, but then I read this one. Everything lined up perfect for this book.
Tana French’s writing is always strong. It’s always intense and pulls you in, but this book is top notch. I was obsessed with the characters from the very start. I was wrapped inside the story so much. I stayed up until 7 am to keep reading because I was entranced.
I had a hard time remembering that the characters aren’t real people. Even minor characters were interesting and real. I felt like they were just as important as main characters. If you were to ask me who the minor characters were, I would have a hard time telling you. French makes every character important.
The plot was so intriguing. I think the strongest part, though, was the subplots. This book would be good without them but with them this book is a masterpiece. I want everyone to read this book. I want everyone to read all of her books.
I like the relationships between the characters. Scorcher and Richie. Scorcher and his family. Richie and the suspects. Every relationship felt different from one another and they felt authentic.
Mystery fan of not, this book is one to pick up. It’s well worth it.