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Broken Harbor by Tana French
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Aug 10, 2012

it was ok
Read in August, 2012

Oh boy, what a disappointment. It's possible I'm holding Tana French up to an impossible standard, since Faithful Place and The Likeness were both utterly fantastic. And this book checked off the same Tana French boxes that her other books do: great literary writing, complex narrator, great dialogue, pointless red herrings and plots that go nowhere... that last check-box is something that her devotees (including myself) usually forgive about her; Tana French breaks all the rules of a good murder mystery but it doesn't matter because her books are so good. This time, it wasn't good enough for me to forgive it.

Unfortunately, I found Scorcher to be the least interesting protagonist of her books so far. I didn't care about his personal backstory, and at times it felt awkwardly interspersed into the story. And the first half of the book completely dragged on-- way overly descriptive of things that really didn't matter at all... such as long detailed reproductions of internet forum posts. I was really fed up and it wasn't until the book was 2/3 over when I started caring what happened.

A friend of mine re-read Faithful Place before this to refresh her memory of who Scorcher was, and that made him more interesting to her, because how others see him vs. how he narrates himself was so different. So perhaps I should re-read Faithful Place and I'll feel differently...

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Jenna just started this one now.... i agree that it will be hard to beat her others. i think The Likeness was one of the best books i've ever read.

message 2: by Pat (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pat Steinkuehler Did not care for The Likeness, but felt Broken Harbor had a chance at redemption for Tana French. Not so. I could picture the scenes of a property development gone bad, but the characters who had once been so close and wound up nutty - no way!!

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