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Broken Harbor by Tana French
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Aug 02, 2012

it was amazing

Excellent! Its more than a "murder mystery". The book is set in post-boom Ireland and captures the Irish fatalism and dark humor. The setting is a half finished remnant of the building boom and the victims are shining examples of people who did everything right and yet end up victims. It is very much a psychological thriller: the victims and the detective "Scorcher" Kennedy reflect each other; families keep deep secrets that no one talks about and appearances are all that matter despite some grim reality.

From the NYTimes review:
"...This community, called Brianstown, is at the heart of Tana French’s devious, deeply felt psychological chiller “Broken Harbor.” The place is nothing but a pipe dream. Brianstown is actually a half-built ghost town that bears scant resemblance to its idealized version in sales brochures — a grim monument to an Irish housing boom gone bust. Everything about it is dishonest, even the name. The place was called Broken Harbor before somebody decided Brianstown sounded better.."
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