Discussion of "Broken Harbor"

It's March, which means it's time for the latest Tana French mystery, Broken Harbor. Come join us to discuss it!

Keeping with her tried-and-true format of taking one character from the previous book to be the protagonist in her latest book, French here features Scorcher Kennedy, the top detective of the Dublin Murder Squad. Scorcher's brash and unapologetically by-the-book demeanor has catapulted him to the head of the Murder Squad, but it might be no match for his latest case. When a father and his two young children are found brutally murdered and the mother barely clinging to life in the abandoned luxury development of Broken Harbor, what Scorcher hoped would be an easy solve turns into a complex web of mysteries that stir up old memories of his childhood in Broken Harbor--memories he had fought to forget.

With her usual depth of character exploration, intricate plotting, and Irish flair, French has crafted yet another engrossing psychological mystery.

You don't need to have read the prior three books in the Dublin Murder Squad series in order to fully understand or appreciate this latest addition--although as a big fan of Tana French's, I highly recommend all three! Find out more about the book here.

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  • Carolyn

    Just started In the Woods. This time my inner critic is going to pay attention. Or ask Denise or Millie to tell me what's what! Hope you've read this novel, ladies!

    March 25, 2013

  • Carolyn

    This was the first time I started out liking a book and then by just listenig to the wise and sagacious comments of my sister readers, I realized that I had not used a keen and critical eye in my reading.
    I changed my mind about the book, and that is unusual for me.
    I still like the writer and will read another book by her, but I would not recommend this book to others. It was a great exercise in using your inner "book critic" to understand why this novel, which promised so much on the dust jacket failed to deliver in the end.
    I think we are a stunning group of readers!

    March 25, 2013

    • Jennie

      Now that I'm 89% of the way through it, I'm actually enjoying it more. The first half....ugh, not so much. But now I feel pretty sucked in.

      March 25, 2013

    • Kate

      I don't think the fact that you changed your mind means that you weren't critical the first time through. you had lots of great insights that helped me appreciate and understand the book even further.

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Last night was the reason I go to Bookclub.

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Jennie

      That's lovely, Carolyn!

      March 25, 2013

  • Millie

    Enjoyed meeting everyone and the discussion.

    March 23, 2013

  • Jude Q.

    Just joined so I didn't get a chance to read it.

    March 20, 2013

  • Jennie

    Glad to see so many people will be coming! I'll be finishing the book myself this weekend; about halfway through right now. See you all soon!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Tyler, you sound like just the kind of member we love! Yes, we do love it when members have thought alot about the selection and can articulate their impressions. It makes for a very lively evening, believe me. Haven't met you yet but I am sure you are delightful. Hoping we see you at our next meeting because you are going to love Gillian Flynn.

    March 13, 2013

  • Tyler H.

    I'm about halfway through now so I think I can safely assume I'll have it finished by next week, and RVSP yes!

    I'm also ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED to learn that The Fault in Our Stars was a previous book, and that I missed it by a mere 2 months of knowing about this book club! Although it might be for the best given that if I started talking about it, I doubt that I would stop for the entire time!

    March 12, 2013

  • Millie

    I will definitely make this one! Millie

    March 12, 2013

  • gin

    I'm actually half Ay through this book right now, and my interest was waini

    January 25, 2013

    • gin

      ...waning. I was happy to see this meeting posted to spur me on. I enjoyed her other two books in this series and am sure it will be worth it.

      January 25, 2013

    • Jennie

      Glad we could help! I loved the first two in her series, so I'm looking forward to this one.

      February 1, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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