Broken Harbor

by Tana French | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780670023653 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 3/17/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Sunday, March 17, 2019
Arrived a few days ago from an amazon seller.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Another excellent book in the Dublin Murder Squad series.

In it we see Mick Kennedy again, fresh from Faithful Place. The case is a family assault and murder - husband and children dead, wife in serious condition. Mick "Scorcher" and his new partner, Richie, enter the bizarre scene and take note of large holes in the walls amidst super-clean surfaces. The house is in a new neighborhood that has essentially been abandoned by the developer before it was finished. The houses are cheaply built, much not to code.

Yet Jenny Spain, lady of the house, had taken pains to perfect it. It was spotless except for the chaos of the attack, and care had been taken in furnishings and paint choices.

Jenny had an admirer from her youth: Conor. Conor got into the habit of watching over her from a distance. Was he around on that fateful day? Does he know something about it?

Through talking to friends and family, Scorcher and Richie nail down a portrait of Jenny and Patrick, who by all accounts were deeply in love, and by studying the forensic reports and, later, financial reports, the two form a picture of the whole family and how they lived.

Mick does not reveal his own history in Broken Harbor. He'd rather forget it and he's determined to set it aside and treat this case like any other. At times the memories rush back at him, however. Thus we learn more about his past and how it affects his present.

As with the other Murder Squad novels, this one is told in first-person, which gives us an opportunity to explore Mick's personality in depth. We are also treated to details of Conor's life and thoughts, and by observation much about Patrick and Jenny.

It is the solid development of the characters, complex and interesting, that draws me to French's novels. I find the psychology believable and far from simplistic. She is a writer who clearly loves to write, for each story is much more than a mystery plot, a police procedural. I live in them until I am done, and it makes me sad to leave them.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at Starbucks @ W. Warm Springs & Julia St. in Henderson, Nevada USA on Thursday, April 25, 2019

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