Tana French has managed to serve up another delight in her fourth book Broken Harbour. Set in Brianstown, a new estate built by the sea when Ireland was on the way up, by the time the story starts the recession has hit and the estate is half-finished. Narrated by Mike `Scorcher’ Kennedy, the man in charge of an investigation into the slaying of a family on the estate it follows the twists and turns as the truth of what happened one Monday night to cause the deaths.
Kennedy is a man for whom life is black and white, partnered by a rookie Richie Curran he sets about showing him the ropes and teaching him the set of rules that have helped him as a murder detective over the years. I loved the straight-talking Kennedy, even though he has family issues of his own he isn’t overtly messed up, just doing a job. The mystery of what happened in the Spain household does have a number of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained; without spoiling the story I thought one aspect was dragged out for more pages than was really needed.
For me the fact that Kennedy’s character lifted the story from the run of the mill police procedural to another level. Great choice for a holiday read.
Tana French has set all her books so far in Ireland where the trained actress has lived since 1990. This is one author with a true flair for telling a good story.
Previous books by Tana French
In the Woods
- ‘Broken Harbour’ by Tana French (kimbofo.typepad.com)