Welcome back readers!
This week, I'll be sharing my first Tana French reading experience... Let's get started!
Broken Harbor (DMS #4) by Tana French
One night in a half-abandoned “luxury” development in Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are mercilessly murdered. His wife, Jenny, fights for her life in intensive care.
At first, detectives think it’s going to be an easy case to solve. But as time goes by, too many details become unexplainable- the half-dozen baby monitors pointed at holes that plague the walls, the files erased from their home computer, and the story Jenny told her sister about an intruder...
Will the Dublin Murder Squad solve the case?
Now I know what you're thinking.
"Erika... Did you read the fourth book of the Dublin Murder Squad series before reading the first three?"
Yes, I absolutely did.
After doing a lot (and I mean a lot) of research on Tana French and the Dublin Murder Squad Series, I discovered that the series didn't need to be read in the exact order it was published. While there are some that do need to be read before others, dozens of DMS fans recommend not reading In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) first because many find it off-putting. So, after reading many forums, the order that was most recommended was:
This novel can be read as a standalone.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's chat about Broken Harbor.
As you know, this novel was my first experience with Tana French.
I have to be honest... I wasn't crazy about it... AT FIRST.
In the past, I've explained that I prefer concise and vivid writing- French's writing, while very vivid, is also very wordy. HOWEVER, after a couple of pages I was absolutely captivated by the characters and the plot of the story. Although I didn't love French's detailed and lengthy word choice, I was able to look past it and soon became completely enthralled by the storyline.
After reading 100 pages or so, I found myself devouring Broken Harbor. I read the first 200 pages in the span of two days and finished the last 250 pages in one sitting!
Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the protagonist and prime detective on the Spain case, was one of the highlights of this novel. Scorcher was witty, comical, and sarcastic- my favorite kind of character. Despite this, what hooked me was the plot itself. An atrocious murder had been committed in a desolate town, and the more I read, the more eager I was to find out the truth. The moment I began reading this story, this case was all I could think about. Who would commit such a heinous crime and why? After hours and hours of reading, I even asked my family and friends who they thought was the culprit...
I can say with full certainty that I'm a Tana French fan- not for her writing style particularly but her ability to create intriguing characters and storylines.
I recommend Broken Harbor to readers who enjoy detailed and flowery language, character-based novels, and classic detective mysteries!
This novel is NOT a good pick if you're in the mood for a quick, thrilling read.
However, if you think you can look past the fact that French's diction is quite lengthy, I really suggest picking up a copy of Broken Harbor!
I have already purchased a copy of Faithful Place and will be starting it soon!
Have you read Broken Harbor or any of Tana French's works? Share your thoughts in the comment section!