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In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk.
©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Maxine Griffiths on 02-04-13

Best thriller for ages

Where does Broken Harbour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably the best mystery/thriller I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator was excellent - his characterisation impeccable. It was easy to believe you were listening to an extensive cast.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favorite?

DI Kennedy - Scorcher.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A modern Irish tragedy.

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By Catherine on 04-30-14

A masterful reading

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Darned gripping yarn that gets the cognitive skills chugging. Romantic Ireland might be dead and gone but it leaves in its wake a great whodunit.

What did you like best about this story?

Hugh Lee's performance.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No idea who Hugh Lee is but this guy is an absolutely terrific reader. He's a one-man cast of regional, social, and gender accents. I wish I could read out loud like this.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sly story in crafty times.

Any additional comments?

Get Hugh Lee to do more readings.

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By Linda on 08-27-12

Not A Run of the Mill Murder Mystery

This was my first experience of anything written byTana French but it certainly won't be my last. The story had me hooked from the very beginning and the unfolding of the victims and the murderer's story was astonishingly mundane and exceptionally terrifying. All the characters were well developed and believable, and the two detectives were flawed but immensely likeable at the same time. The narration was perfect and added to my enjoyment of the story.

I don't want to give too much away but this is no ordinary murder mystery. It does far more than tell the tale, it explains the unfolding of a tragedy that befalls ordinary people in ordinary circumstances who become victims of something much bigger than a murderer, they are victims of today's society. The most frightening aspect of this novel is the certain knowledge that what happened to this one family could happen to yours.

I would certainly recommend this audiobook despite finding it harrowing at times. Great story, well read...what more can you ask for?

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By Kirstine on 05-02-13

Brilliant!

A new author for me and I'll be searching out her other books based on this gripping story that seemed to be unfolding before my eyes owing to the superb narrator. I had to check that there weren't several narrators as the voices were so realistic ranging across age, gender and local accent. A brilliant listen.

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By fiona on 08-20-14

Kept me guessing

If you could sum up Broken Harbour in three words, what would they be?

Kept me guessing

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were complex and interesting and flawed, I didn't have a favourite.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the story of the creature in the ceiling and walls evolved, when the detectives discovered the internet chat conversations, I kept wondering what the thing was. I still don't know whether it was real or not.

Any additional comments?

Great pace, great listen. I loved the range of accents the author used. It was intriguing from the start to the end.

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By Jeanette on 08-26-14

A Great Listen - couldn't put it down.

What did you like most about Broken Harbour?

The psychological thrill was just enough to keep me absorbed without being too scary. And Hugh Lee's narration was superb ... all those characters represented in a different voice, accent or tone, and all easily identified by his performance.

What other book might you compare Broken Harbour to, and why?

Iain Rankin's " Rhebus" series and Peter Robinson's DCI Banks series. Similar crimes to solve coupled with the difficulty of a detective's ability to have a "normal" life

Have you listened to any of Hugh Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I want to try more - especially Tana French's series

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just glad I don't have stuff like that in my life!

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