Broken Harbor by Tana French

Broken Harbor

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2012-07-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 537 Ratings
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The latest New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of In the Woods and Faithful Place
Tana French’s rise can only be called meteoric. Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive New York Times bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. Broken Harbor is quintessential French—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.
            Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy always brings in the killer. Always. That’s why he’s landed this high-profile triple homicide. At first, he thinks it’s going to be simple, but the murder scene holds terrifying memories for Scorcher. Memories of something that happened there back when he was a boy.


  • Good

    By Brink727
    This writer loves leaving loose ends. I keep waiting for every detail to be unfolded and tied up nicely at the end - and it never is. It leaves for a non-compelling ending and a story that feels unfinished. The 'who-did-it' reason is never good or fully believable. And yet, I still keep reading her books, so I suppose that's something.
  • It was okay...

    By Quiet pirate
    This was probably the least favorite of mine. The narrators voice just didn't intrigue me as much. It felt tedious at times and I just wasn't drawn in as much. I also found it a little predictable. Her other books I couldn't put down. If you've only ready this one and didn't care for it, I would still try another one of hers.
  • Broken harbor

    By Jfb157
    Amazing book! Highly recommend!
  • Painfully slow and nothing like her other books

    By Huntpoo
    Tana French became one of my favorite writers after reading "the likeness" ( her best book without a doubt). In The Woods was decent as was Faithful Place. She really took a dive with broken harbor. It was like her publishers were just hounding her for another book so she cranked out a really tedious ( but well-written) detective novel. The hundreds of pages devoted to detailed explanations of the inner workings of being a detective were not compelling. In addition, the story was weak. She was grasping at straws to make this murder mystery seem interesting or gripping at all. I kept waiting for the book to get addictive like her others but it never did. I couldn't believe what a let-down the ending was. She's such a talented writer but the story was just bad. I mean, shockingly bad. Have hopes that her publishers will let off and she'll write something more like "the likeness " again
  • Enjoyed the detail

    By l.j. howard
    One of the things that I enjoy most about Ms. French's books are her detailed descriptions of her character's and their thoughts. Several reviewers found her descriptions "too drawn out". When considering to purchase this book you may wish to consider the type of fiction you prefer. If you do not like detailed descriptions of character's thoughts and actions, you may find her work boring. If you enjoy those descriptions and the complex narrative that results from this style, you are likely to find the book very satisfying.
  • Good not great

    By 527kevin
    This is a good book: very well written with well-imagined characters, and a believable plot until the very end where it wraps up a bit too easily for all concerned. The relationships: detective partners, the detective and his sister, the detective's dead mother hovering over Broken Harbor, are all very good, and the portrayal of his challenging sister is true to life (trust me, I know). I'll look forward to more books from Ms. French.
  • Broken harbor

    By Hungry Dave 18
    Breaks my heart that there are moments in life that are so terminally painful. The different paths Ms. French's characters take to resolve that pain are beautifully told, and brought me a new level of understanding.
  • 3/4 great

    By Royjoyboy
    Beautifully written. Perfect setting. Vivid characters. A thrilling plot. BUT wasn't there even one of the many agents and editors thanked that knew anything about eliminating repetitious dialogue? The last quarter of this terrific novel left me feeling as mentally challenged as the major characters. Maybe that was the point. Tiresome. How delightful it would have been with judicious editing. Still worth reading.
  • Awful!!

    By Ambergamoo
    Not only did the characters talk too much … they were BORING. I found I did not care about any of them. Will not read another of her books.
  • Too bleak for me..l

    By Dogma12345
    I usually Ike dark stories with flawed characters but this lot was just too one dimensional --- i really didn't care what became of any of them. Some might say the covers were too far apart and I would agree!