Book Review: Broken Harbor by Tana French

broken harbor

Rating: 4 / 5

Brianstown was billed as the perfect new neighborhood for families even though it was in a remote location.  Jenny and Pat Spain bought that spiel, and with their two young children, moved into one the houses.  When Pat and their two children are found murdered, and Jenny wounded and in a coma, Murder Detective Mick Kennedy and his new partner, Richie Curran, are tasked with finding the murderer. When Kennedy inspects the house, he finds holes in the walls with baby monitors nearby and cameras tilted towards the attic. Not only does Kennedy have to deal with this triple murder, but back in the day, Brianstown was known as Broken Harbor, which hold deep tragic memories for him.

I can’t adequately describe the many layers and nuances that encompass Broken Harbor. Mick is a multi-faceted character, which makes him endlessly interesting.  At first I thought he was a perfect detective, equal parts sharp, smart, and great at helping those with less experience.  But then French gives glimpses into Mick’s past, and maybe Mick isn’t really as stellar as he makes himself out to be.

Broken Harbor has many twists and turns.  I pretty much guessed who did what, but this crime thriller isn’t so much about the ending as the journey. French is an incredibly compelling writer; this is one book where you’ll want to set aside a block of time to get absorbed in Mick’s world.  I highly recommend this psychological-crime-thriller, and will definitely be on the lookout for all of French’s other books as well as any future ones.


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