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Broadchurch (Broadchurch #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,368 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published August 14th 2014)
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LizaJane Chronicles Gracepoint changed the killer?!?!? I was saving the season to watch later but I've heard it wasn't as good as the UK version. I still don't get why…moreGracepoint changed the killer?!?!? I was saving the season to watch later but I've heard it wasn't as good as the UK version. I still don't get why they didn't just play Broadchurch on Fox. (less)

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Liz Barnsley
Jun 24, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right, so, the UK tv sensation of 2013 completely passed me by. Oblivious was I, having watched 10 minutes of the opening episode, then getting distracted by a book or possibly even by chocolate. Luckily I also managed to avoid any and all spoilers, so for me, apart from the fact that there was a body on the beach, I knew nothing.

When I found out that the novel version was to be penned by the devilishly twisty mind of the lovely Erin Kelly I was literally chomping at the bit – for many reasons.
Sep 03, 2015 TL rated it liked it
*As of yet I haven't seen the series yet so I won't be comparing it to the TV show*

3.5 stars

It's an interesting mystery, semi-complex with a cast of characters you root for. I wasn't completely absorbed into the story but it did keep my interest, wanting to see who killed Danny and why.

Loved Alec Hardy, he can be a bit abrasive but once you get to know him you understand why and his determination to help find justice for Danny and his family. I wanted to shake him a few times for not taking prop
Broadchurch is a difficult book to review for a number of reasons:
1. It's a novelisation of a TV series...
2. ... Which I didn't watch. (Unlike practically everybody else in the UK.)
3 It's an Erin Kelly novel - but at the same time it isn't; it was written by Kelly but based on a story that already existed, not a product of the author's own imagination. Given that I've read everything she's done, it's impossible not to compare this to her other novels, but at the same time it's not really fair to
Diane S ☔
Aug 14, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
Another group I was in was mentioning the television show Gracepoint, I am not a big television watcher with the exception of a few shows and sports. Anyway we decided to watch Gracepoint, at that point I was half way done with this book, and to mu surprise the case on the show was the exact same as the story in the book. Wonder if they will exactly follow the book?

This is set in rural Dorset, and the people in the town are a varied mix. Many are hiding secrets and I loved the mix of reporters a
Aug 16, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Liked the mystery surrounding the small town of Broadchurch. The characters were well done & so was the mystery. The killer came as a complete shock to me. I wanted to read this before I watched the series ( the show actually came first) but I always want to read first before I watch anything. Now that I'm done I can't wait to finally watch Broadchurch, especially since I love David Tennant!
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Everyone is capable of murder," says Hardy. "It just takes the right circumstances."

Ellie snorted. "And there's your view of the world. I don't know how you sleep."

"Who says I sleep?"

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Okay, so it's pretty obvious that I got this book because I am obsessed with the BBC show, Broadchurch. But even aside from that, I am really glad I picked this up, because it was even better than the show (which is often the truth when it comes to books, isn't it?).

This is the story of the murder of a young boy,
Mike Gabor
Aug 18, 2014 Mike Gabor rated it it was amazing
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.

Jul 17, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley.

If you are a fan of David Tennant (and why wouldn’t you be) than odds are you have seen Broadchurch, which was shown here in the U.S. on BBC America. If you haven’t seen it, then you might have heard about it. If you haven’t, there is an American version of the show coming out in the fall; it is called Gracepoint. Mr. Tennant is in that as well. Olivia Colman, who in many ways was more nuanced performer in the series, isn’t, sadly (though Anna Gunn is a wonder
Oct 27, 2014 Monnie rated it it was amazing
Normally, I hate reading the book after I've seen the movie or TV show (in fact, I could count the number of times I've done that on the fingers of one hand and have four left over). This one, then, is quite the exception - but it's with good reason. I started watching the Fox Broadcasting TV show Gracepoint from the beginning - it's an adaptation of the popular BBC show Broadchurch. But by the third episode of the American version, I was more than a little confused about who's who and what's wh ...more
Cleo Bannister
Broadchurch aired as a British Crime drama in the UK in 2013, a labour of love from the creator, Chris Chibnall, who aim was to create a big ensemble drama which concentrated on what happens to a community when a death happens within its midst, particularly when that death is that of a child.

Set in Dorset the book starts with a brief introduction to the Latimer household along with the introduction to Detective Inspector Alec Hardy who has been relocated for mysterious reasons to Broadchurch whe
Susan Johnson
Aug 23, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it liked it
I have read books that TV shows and movies are based on but I think it's the first book I've read that's based on a TV show. If you were lucky enough to see the mini-series "Broadchurch" with the excellent David Tennant, then you have no reason to read this book. It slavishly sticks to the series and I found only very minor difference. If you missed "Broadchurch" I would suggest renting a copy.

The Americans are remaking the series and calling it "Gracepoint" starting this month. Why does it nee
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jul 17, 2014 Maxine (Booklover Catlady) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crime fiction, fans of the TV series
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks for the opportunity.

I am a big fan of British crime fiction, but have never read any of Erin Kelly's books prior to this one, nor have I seen the TV show so I went into reading it with a really open mind.

A young boy is found dead in the quiet coastal town of Broadchurch, the type of place where everyone knows everyone and the impact ripples across the whole community. The police hunt is o
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
First of all it is a novelization of TV series and it's exactly how it is written - as a elongated script with many visual details. I've heard that the series is pretty awesome, but frankly I did not feel it while reading. Just another "who killed?" story (and to be honest there will never be another "who killed Laura Palmer?" situation) with a twist that is not a twist at all. It was a decent crime story, however nothing more and I will forget it in a month. Maybe then I will watch the series? ...more
Caro M.
Ok, I haven't really read the book, I just watched the series, both seasons, so no stars... But it was very, very good. Great crime drama, go and watch it.

Oh and there was David Tennant, if you care to know. :)
And Grey Worm, from Unsullied. ;)But only in 1st season.
Oct 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
"People are unknowable. And ... you can never really know what's in someone else's heart."
First Sentence: One road in, one road out.

There are no murders in sea-side town of Broadchurch; until now. The body of young Danny Latimer has been found lying on the beach at the bottom a cliff. Rather than DS Ellie receiving the promotion she expected, she returns from vacation to learn DI Alex Hardy has been brought in from the outside. Although she resents it, the Latimers are best friends to her family, so Hardy will lead the investigation. With all the suspects being friends of the boy’s f
Mar 28, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Last year, like everybody else in the UK, I fell totally in love with ‘Broadchurch’. I was glued to the screen, week after week, following Hardy and Ellie Miller hunt for the killer of Danny Latimer. The performances of David Tennant and Olivia Colman were mesmerizing, in particular. It was television magic.

Erin Kelly has written the novel version of ‘Broadchurch’, based on the television scripts and added her own touch. She has done a remarkable job. I read the novel, knowing the story inside o
Aug 17, 2016 Plum-crazy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I haven't seen the TV series of "Broadchurch". I had intended to, in fact I'd recorded all the episodes to binge watch then *poof* Tivo box blew up. I carefully avoided finding out whodunnit until the ads for series two snuck up on me & consequently the ending of this book was not a complete surprise. I still enjoyed the book, after all the reason for the death of Danny Latimer was still a mystery to me, though to be honest, when I discovered the reasoning behind it, I didn't find it ...more
Mariana Maiz
Dec 26, 2014 Mariana Maiz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you watched the ITV series, you might think that this book won't add anything new. However, if you, like me, became a fan of the show, I strongly reccomend that you read it. It's the same case, same characters and same small town, yes. But still, to be inside the characters' minds and actually read their thought process, something that you can imagine by the actors wonderful performances in the TV show, it's like watching a new story develop, and understand things that you might have not catc ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Thomas rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/police procedural fans
Recommended to Thomas by: giveaway
Shelves: uk-crime, netgalley
I received this ebook free from I requested it because a friend had recommended the tv show Broadchurch. The tv series is not currently showing on any US channel. The book blurb says it is based on the tv show--not the reverse.

I enjoyed reading this police procedural, which starts with the murder of a young boy, in a small town in England. The police investigation and newspaper reporters uncover people's secrets--illicit love affairs, criminal past and more. These people then beco
Mary Ronan Drew
Jan 23, 2015 Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it
A novel written after the TV program was shown, this follows the TV script of season one pretty closely. The drugs are left out and the slugs play a larger role.
Katie Brock
Feb 02, 2017 Katie Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Full review to come later.

Having seen the Broadchurch ITV series I knew the outcome, who the murderer was etc so that reflects in my rating.
Nov 05, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it
Title - Broadchurch

Author - Erin Kelley

Source - Net Galley

Summary -

In the British town of Broadchurch, the body of eleven year old Danny Latimer is found on the beach. Detective Ellie Miller, who has just returned from vacation and Detective Alec Hardy are assigned the lead to the case. Hardy is carrying the baggage of the spectacular failure of his last case and instantly is conflicting with Miller whose promotion he has just taken. But Hardy is new to Broadchurch and he needs Miller to find h
Aug 15, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars -- I had no idea when I began reading this book that there was a BBC television series that I could watch! So, I had no preconceptions other than the basic plot premise and the fact that the novel is in the police procedural category and set in a small British West Bay town on the coast. The landscape of Dorset provides the cliffs, beach and sea that are extremely important aspects of the drama played out there when the body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found one morning in ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Aisling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novelisation of Broadchurch. Broadchurch. You, dear stranger, reading this review, probably have no idea what that means to me so let me explain: this was my first summer away from home; my fisrt summer living with friends and it was an absolute scorcher. There were nights when I couldn't sleep and for about two weeks when those nights came around, all I watched was Broadchurch. An ITV crime drama consisting of 8 hour long episodes starring David Tennant ~giggle uncontrollably~ and Oli ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014
I must be one of the few people in the UK not to have recently watched Broadchurch and so I went into this book with only a vague idea of what it was about and with absolutely no idea of the twists to come. Having read film/TV adaptations in the past I find they work quite well despite knowing what's going to happen as the books can develop the story further, get you inside the character's heads further and perhaps allow you to see things you missed first time round. For that reason I'd say you ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Maxine rated it really liked it
In a small seaside town, the body of 11-year-old Danny Latimer is found spread-eagled on the beach below the cliffs. DI Hardy, new to the area, is in charge of the investigation. He is just off a failed investigation of another child murder and is harbouring a secret that could jeopardize this new case. DS Ellie Miller, bitter about losing the promotion to Hardy, knows everyone in this small town and finds it almost impossible to be objective. Her son was best friends with Danny, she knows the p ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what I would get when I started this novel. When I picked it, I had no idea it was a novelization of a British crime drama. And one that starred David Tennant.

What I found was a gripping read with DI Alec Hardy(Tennant) leading a murder investigation of a murder in the small coastal town of Broadchurch. He's partnered with DS Ellie Miller who had been told she would be getting the position Hardy now held. She'd returned from a vacation expecting to take the job.

Their first case is
Aug 03, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2014, net-galley
I watched and loved Broadchurch on tv and wasn't sure how I'd feel reading the book. I really enjoyed exloring hose the characters felt and refreshing my memory on the storyline. You could still enjoy each twist and turn- even though you knew the eventual ending of the book.

Ellie was passed over for promotion whilst she was on holiday- and the person who took the job she wanted is sick and trying to cover it up. Her best friends little boy is found dead and she is one of the lead detectives on t
Nov 04, 2014 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: global-mystery
Thank you to the publisher (and for allowing me to read this title. They'd been clear that my free download was an early copy and lacked editing. The book reads more like a screenplay than a novel and having watched the PBS/BBC series, I pictured the cast of the show while reading. Other than the height on our lead detective, the story was on the money. I really enjoyed Ellie Miller's complex character and the description of the intricacies of a small village while experiencing th ...more
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Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.

She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

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