Thursday, August 30, 2012

Broken Harbor by Tana French

Broken Harbor

There are a few authors that I do not even hesitate for one moment to get their latest book.  Tana French is one of those authors.  With Broken Harbor as usual she did not disappoint. 

The story begins with murder detective, Michael "Scorcher" Kennedy, talking about his recent case.  

"Here's what I'm trying to tell you:  this case should have gone like clockwork.  It should have ended up in the textbooks as a shining example of how to get everything right.  By every rule in the book, this should have been the dream case."

And with that, begins a psychological thriller that hooks you from the very beginning, and doesn't let you go until the very end. 

When he gets to the murder scene, he finds a husband brutally murdered, two small children also dead, and the only surviving member of the family, the wife, has been taken to the hospital. 

Tana French is a master at characterization.  You really feel like you know these people.  Like you could have conversations with them, like you are there.  Their thoughts and actions are so well thought out and developed.  

I only highlighted one passage, which shows you how totally engrossed I was in this story.  I couldn't not stop reading long enough to highlight!

"Only teenagers think boring is bad.  Adults, grown men and women who've been around the block a few times, know that boring is a gift straight from God.  Life has more than enough excitement up it's sleeve, ready to hit you with as soon as you're not looking, without you adding to the drama.  If Richie didn't know that already, he was about to find out."

Highly recommend. 

8 comments:

Joanne said...

I love a book that youre so involved with you can barely put it down! Sounds like a great read.

Bridget said...

She is one of my very favorite authors, and I have been longing to read this one!

raidergirl3 said...

Oh yeah, loved the book. Love Tana French. I love how each book has a different main character too!

June said...

Thanks Pam. I'm going to hit the library this morning.

Mary Lee said...

I like her books, too. I really like it when I can find the audio books--love the Irish accents. I haven't read this one, but will certainly remedy that.

Roz said...

I haven't read a good book in so long, probably because my head is always in college textbooks on a daily basis . . . so I come home to read 'cook'books for my pleasure reading instead.

Have a lovely day Pam!
Roz

Marjie said...

You did a Thorsday Book Review, too! I love mystery/thrillers, and this sounds like a good one.

Les said...

I can't believe it's been out for more than a week and I haven't yet read it! I need to start a buddy read for September and then I'll get to it. And PJ Tracy's latest. And Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn). And... ;)