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Broken Harbor by Tana French
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Mar 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, crime-fiction, psychological, dublin-based
Read from February 29 to March 08, 2012

In a ghost estate on the outskirts of Dublin, once called Broken Harbour but now remonikered Brianstown, two children and their father are found brutally murdered; the only prospective witness is the mother, whose life now hangs by a thread. The case is given to Detective Mike 'Scorcher' Kennedy, a Murder Squad veteran with a reputation for closing cases and his partner for this case, rookie cop Richie.
The case looks open-and-shut, a tragic murder-suicide - but things rarely are as straightforward as they seem. Soon the case bulges with complications, family history and the long distorting shadows the past can cast onto the present, for both the perpetrator, victims and detectives.
Dublin, post-boom, is depicted vividly; both the lively if grimy city centre and the soul-sapping decay of the half-finished housing estate at the centre of the novel. Characters are real flesh and blood, the dialogue pitch perfect and the hazy margin between memory, communication and betrayal brilliantly portrayed; the book slowly ratchets up the tension to build to a shattering climax. This is an absolutely stunning psychological crime thriller.
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Michele Cant wait to devour it - love Tana French books!!

Karina Yeah I've been reading her since In the Woods, and I think this is one of her best yet!

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