Thursday, February 5, 2015

Audio Book Review: Broken Harbor by Tana French

Broken Harbor, Tana French cover
Broken Harbor is only my second Tana French novel, but I once again appreciated her descriptions of the Irish countryside, the intriguing character development, and a good who-done-it that kept me guessing.

Mick Kennedy has been called to investigate a multiple murder in Broken Harbor. A father and his two children have been murdered and the mother is severely wounded. Mick has a new partner, still on probation, who adds to the challenges of the case. Also, there's something about Broken Harbor that has Mick reliving some bad memories. His sister, who has severe emotional problems, also plays a part in this complicated investigation.

There are holes in the walls of this otherwise pristine home. There are multiple baby monitors, but what are they monitoring? The victim's sister paints a picture of a near perfect relationship, until the husband lost his job because of a crumbling economy. Of course, he is the obvious suspect.

This is nothing like a straight forward investigation. There are many twists and turns, and although it seems like it might be easily solved -- well, you're only halfway through the book, so there's much more to come!

Tana French doesn't just tell a story, she creates a life for our main character. There are side stories and internal monologues that serve to enrich the story. I loved the way Mick describes his thought process during interrogations and other aspects of the investigation. Nothing goes from point A to point B without a detour. Some may say it's too detailed and there are too many tangents. When done well, as in Broken Harbor, you can take me on as many tangents as you want.

I really enjoy Tana French's storytelling. The audiobook narrator, Stephen Hogan, has the appropriate accent and does a beautiful job with the voices and emotions. I can't wait to read another Tana French novel.

Published by Penguin, Recorded Books, 2012
Copy obtained from the library
456 pages

Rating: 4/5





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