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Broken Harbor by Tana French
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

Maybe not my favorite of her books but still very very good. Much of the story deals with police procedural work so if you're the type of reader that needs action you'll probably want to look elsewhere. She's amazing at getting inside a character, I found myself see-sawing between empathizing and despising her main character (this happens in many of her novels), occasionally even adopting their philosophy. At the beginning Mick was so alpha and full of righteous belief that I was hanging on his every word thinking, "I'm living my life all wrong"...of course by the end of the book I felt otherwise.

I enjoyed the intricacies of described routine police work as well as her tight plot structure for the reveals of the main murder mystery. Without any actual description of ghosts or monsters, there's even a bit of a supernatural feel...not sure how to describe it beyond there just being an unsettling feeling that we're not alone. I also need a literary angle to my mysteries and Tana French does not let me down here. Her descriptions are vivid, her dialogue is convincing, and the story is devastating.
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July 24, 2012 – Shelved
July 24, 2012 – Shelved as: mystery
July 30, 2012 –
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Meghan Yeah, the supernatural feeling is very similar to the Paranormal Activity movies - the monitoring aspect and the relationship between the husband and wife.

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