I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
It is rare that I find a 464 page book that I can devour in one sitting, but I have learned over the years that Tana French knows how to write a novel that I just can NOT put down!
Broken Harbor is the fourth book in the "Murder Squad" series. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy has one of the best close rates in the squad, but it has been a while since he caught a "good one" so when his boss asks him to take the triple murder out in Broken Harbor, he jumps on the case. And since he will be training the new guy, Richie Curran, he is determined to do everything by the book.
What they discover out at Broken Harbor, a planned community that only got a couple houses sold before the developers went belly-up in the down economy, is enough to bring even the most jaded detective to their knees. Out of work and down on his luck, Patrick Spain and his wife were discovered brutally stabbed in their kitchen. Patrick's wife, Jennifer is alive, barely hanging on by a thread, but the rest of the family is gone. Upstairs, they discover the couple's two young children have also been murdered, smothered as they slept. As Kennedy and Curran take their first steps through the house a few things catch their eye, like the fact that even though the couple's children were young, they were not young enough to really need baby monitors anymore. Yet Kennedy & Curran have found five baby monitors in the couple's bedroom. And there are bizarrely placed holes scattered throughout the whole house that completely baffle the two detectives. Exactly WHAT was going on in that house and who tried to take out the entire family? And will they come back to finish the job once they discover that Jennifer Spain survived?
Tana French is pure genius when it comes to setting the scene and developing her characters. After she got done with Mick Kennedy I felt as if I knew him as well as one of my own brothers. Broken Harbor and her inhabitants are so well described it felt as if I had been transported to the ghost town of a development where the Spain's live. I truly found myself lost in the story and nothing screams "great book" more than getting lost in the story.
Bottom line, Broken Harbor is what the average murder mystery novels should all want to be when they grow up. The writing is so precise, so engrossing. The suspense is perfected in a way that leaves you holding your breath and turning pages as fast as your eyes will let you. I have always enjoyed Tana French's novels, but Broken Harbor just seemed to outshine them all. Maybe it was just because I was thirsty for a literary masterpiece, but I think Broken Harbor was the best mystery I have read yet this year. I look forward to hearing what you guys think, be sure to let me know!