A grisly murder of a father and his two kids with the wife in the hospital barely hanging on, a neighborhood that held such high hopes but that never panned out, and a detective with a past haunting him as he works the case in a place once known as Broken Harbor.
I took a break from my normal young adult lit, romance novels, and non-fiction essays to read some more Tana French. I stumbled upon her years ago and have been intrigued ever since. French writes suspense and mystery with dark edges. Her writing feels gritty and exposed, like everyone is hiding something and one step away from madness. Even typing that description seems strange because that genre doesn’t normally do it for me, but there’s something about French and her writing that keeps me coming back.
In Broken Harbor, Detective Kennedy is assigned a big murder case to redeem himself from past mistakes. He takes a rookie as his partner to try to unravel who would murder this perfectly normal family. As the case goes on, the reader starts to like Kennedy more. In the beginning he seems cold and distant, but as more of his past and present is revealed, you see how his attitude keeps him sane. As the case nears an end, things start to come undone. Everything you think is right turns out to be wrong. And the ending? I did not see that coming.
Broken Harbor by Tana French is a good suspenseful story that explores love, guilt, and thinking the unthinkable. If you’re looking for an engaging thriller, this one would be a good one to try.
(If this kind of novel is your thing, I also recommend her book: In the Woods.