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- Listening Length: 22 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 July 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008O68JVE
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I enjoyed the start of the book. The case was really interesting and gripping. However the end was not as enjoyable.
I love read the book because I have read the other three in the series.
It's a murder mystery, for sure, but that's only the beginning. Perhaps even more a whydunnit than a whodunnit, the 'who' is still in question most of the way. Even more compelling, though, than the who and why of the murder(s) is the unflinching portrait of the ghost estates of the Irish Republic - and their inhabitants - after the Celtic Tiger turned its back with such indifference to the suffering wrought by financial recession.
Much of the novel is taken up with the developing relationship between the detective partners and its psychology: this is also extremely well done. I want to read more from this author about this world, and I think you will, too.
Mike Kennedy is put in charge of finding the killers of Pat Spain and his 2 young children Emma and Jack while hoping that Pats wife Jenny will survive the vicious attack and be able to point the finger at the murderer. But nothing is that simple. Set in the new development of Broken Harbour that has been hit by the recession with homes abandoned half built, Tana French creates an atmospheric and creepy novel that will stay with you after you have read it. The last quarter of the book is heartbreaking and although by that time I knew which way the author was taking us, I found myself wishing she wasn't. A compelling novel with believable characters that I was sad to finish.
The dream estate has already soured since the financial crash – buildings are unfinished, the paths are badly maintained and there is the atmosphere of a ghost town. A snooper seems to have watched the family from a nearby empty house. When this turns out to be an old friend of the Spains the police focus their attention on him.
It all seems like and open and shut case but Richie is unconvinced and Kennedy agrees to dig deeper.
The opening scenes were excellent – especially the descriptions of the Broken Harbour estate. But every little detail of the investigation was shared with the reader. At 520 pages it was just too long and became tiresome in places (especially all the shenanigans with wildlife in the attic!) Also some parts of the plot did not really make much sense, such as Richie choosing to withhold vital evidence……
All a bit convoluted – could have done with a good edit!
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I don't read much crime but chose this because it is critically acclaimed. While I enjoyed it - the pace and tension kept me reading - I felt it was too long. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ReaderWriter
Nearly at the end of this, and as always I am gripped by the characters, unfolding storyline and the way she tells it!Published 4 months ago by Honey1
This is the first I've read by Tana French and will definitely be reading more. I thought it dragged a little at times but then I'd become enthralled again and yes, the whodoneit... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lorna Sixsmith
This book started well, but for some reason it didn't hold my attention the way the previous ones in the series did (which, incidentally, can all easily be read stand-alone). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marguerite
Tana French is one of my favourite authors. Her stories are suitably chilling and full of suspense, twists in the plot and people behaving in a way you generally could not imagine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jules
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