*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Tana French’s Broken Harbour through a Goodreads giveaway.
Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is fantastic, and Broken Harbour is no exception. Mike “Scorcher” Kennedy may have been burned by Detective Frank Mackey in Faithful Place when he tried ally with Mackey in hopes of making a name for himself, but as the featured detective in this novel, he knocks it out of the park. When a family is brutally attacked in their home and the wife barely survives, Kennedy takes on the defining case of his career that parallels his struggles with his bipolar sister.
Broken Harbour combined my favorite elements of French’s past novels. Her mysteries are particularly fascinating because she narrows the field of suspects to two or three real suspects. Here, French gives us an in depth character study of the husband, wife and their childhood friend. You become emotionally invested in the potential suspects, and most importantly – this is no bait and switch. There’s no random stranger or undiscovered evidence that comes in at the end and let’s everyone off the hook. Someone you care about deeply about by the end of the story will be the killer, which only heightens the emotional impact.