Broken Harbour : Dublin Murder Squad

  • by Tana French
  • Narrated by Hugh Lee
  • Series: Dublin Murder Squad
  • 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"I've been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French. Her novels are poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. Just start reading the first page. You'll see what I mean." (Harlan Coben)
"Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify." ( The Guardian)
"The queen of Irish fiction ... This is a writer working at the height of her powers. As always with Tana French, you can expect humour, pathos and well-observed social commentary, but above all, a cracking story that keeps you guessing until the end." ( The Sunday Independant)
"Establishing atmosphere is one of French's many strengths. Gradually, an emotionally jolting story of love, obsession and madness is played out to incredible effect. Since her first novel, In The Woods, was larded with awards in 2007 French has garnered a huge legion of fans and they will be thrilled with this, her fourth and possibly best novel." ( Daily Mail)
"The first thing that Ms. French does so well in Faithful Place is to inhabit fully a scrappy, shrewd, privately heartbroken middle-aged man. The second is to capture the Mackey family's long-brewing resentments in a way that's utterly realistic on many levels. Sibling rivalries, class conflicts, old grudges, adolescent flirtations and memories of childhood violence are all deftly embedded in this novel, as is the richly idiomatic Dublinese." ( New York Times)
"Nothing short of a masterpiece. French's first three thrillers were all brilliant but this is by far her best and reaches a level of spine-chilling, gripping moreishness that will leave readers open-mouthed with admiration. If I encounter a better novel than Broken Harbour before French publishes her fifth, I'll eat a milliner's shop full of hats." ( Sophie Hannah, Daily Express)


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Linda


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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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-07-2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton