YEAH! I finished a book! I’m so proud of myself. Now only a several hundred more to go. I finished Tana French’s Broken Harbor. The review is below. Now on to another story.
Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad – 4) by Tana French
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.
On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.
At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.
And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends 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 Harbor, back when they were children.
With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.
Mick has been through the ringer. But when a big murder case comes in, he is selected to solve it. He is paired with rookie Richie, just transferred from traffic. In a new, higher society development, a family has been murdered. Mick starts teaching Richie the ropes with what kind of car to drive and how to act at the scene. They discover that the children and father are dead and somehow the mother is still alive, it’s questionable that she would survive.
But things don’t add up from the start. In a huge new development, there are a lot of unfinished and barely started buildings with no sign of construction crews around. The walls are paper-thin and holes have been punched in them throughout the house. In the attic, which the entry hole is covered in wire mesh, there is a large animal trap set and several video baby monitors set up in the house. It’s clear that they were trying to catch something. The question is what was going on with this family.
Mick has his hands full teaching Richie. You can tell that Richie just got promoted and is having a hard time distancing himself from witnesses and victims to find the killer. He has the ability to make people that are being interviewed open up to him. But it’s clear that he is new and has yet to wrap his mind around the situation.
If the case isn’t hard enough, Mick also has to deal with his crazy sister. Years ago, his mother killed herself in the same area. His sister Dina was with her and he thinks that a lot of Dina’s problems are from that. Now she is having a spell and needs someone to be with her at all times. But Dina can’t stand to be with their sister Geri and her family. She keeps insisting that Mick spend time with her, not understanding how big the case is. But threatening to kill herself or get him in trouble with work is not helping the stressed out Mick.
I liked the premises of this book. I have not read one of Tana French’s books before so I was mildly confused when Mick references a past case that went bad. If you have not read the other books in the series, don’t worry, you can read this as a stand-alone book.
The Spain family dynamics were interesting, very realistic. They were in a hard situation with no jobs, like many others out there. I liked how the animal comes into play here. I was really lost with that one. I did like the twist at the end for the who done it.
Having said that, for me, the book seems to take a long time to get around to the end. I understand how Mick’s past comes into play, especially with his sister Dina. But it made the story drag. For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story.
This is an OK book, not one that I personally will be running out to buy. But, other mystery fans may thing it is great. Check it out, it might be something that you will love.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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