Title: Broken Harbor
Author: Tana French
Publication Year: 2012
Edition: eGalleySetting: Ireland
Date Completed: August/2012
Rating: 4.5/5Recommend: yes
Broken Harbor is Book #4 of the Dublin Murder Squad Series, but it's actually the first book I've read by this author. Despite beginning out of sequence, I had no problem plunging in full speed. If there was one down side, if you could call it that, I now want to go back and read the first 3 books. Broken Harbor was that good, and to me it seemed fine as a stand alone title. I gathered that the top detective of this novel was also in French's last novel, The Faithful Place.
Mick Kennedy, known as "Scorcher" is the Dublin Murder Squads top detective. He likes to play by the rules, and be able to take control of investigations that present themselves. Scorcher's partner is rookie, Richie Curran who already has a botched case under her belt. Their latest case is a real tough one involving the Spain family. Two young children under age 7 are dead, smothered in their beds, their father Patrick is dead --stabbed, and the mother, Jenny, also stabbed is fighting for her life.
The family lived in a once up and coming development on Broken Harbor, a development which was never finished after the housing market took a nose-dive. The homes are now mostly unfinished or uninhabited and the town has been renamed Brianstown. Broken Harbor is also a place where Scorcher spent summers as a teen. he has some fond memories but also has some painful ties there, and in addition finds himself dealing with the mental illness of his younger sister Dina.
On the surface the Spain's case looks like an easy one to solve, but once the team starts investigating, too many things just don't make sense -- especially the many holes in the walls of the home and the numerous baby monitors pointed at the holes -- what was the purpose? Just when I thought I knew where this story was going, I was caught off guard by some new revelation and things become even more strange. When I reached certain sections in the book, I literally could not stop reading.
Ms. French is skilled writer in my eyes. She gives the reader just so much information at a time from the point of view of Scorcher. By doing this the author allows the reader to take in the clues, evaluate the possible suspects and ponder what might be going on inside of their heads. If you decide to read this one, at least some of you, I suspect, will think you've solved the case and then later find yourself still scratching your head in wonder. I can't wait to read another one by Tana French.
In case anyone not familiar with this author is interested, the order of this series is: