Friday, August 03, 2012

Sneak Peek at Broken Harbour

Tana French's Broken Harbour has recently been published. You can read the first 20 pages here (a pdf hosted on the Euro Crime website and provided by the publishers).

Maxine has already reviewed it for Petrona.

Official synopsis: In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk ...


Maxine Clarke said...

Thanks for the link, Karen. Interesting about the child's bike on the cover as I don't remember a bike in the book - the same motif was used on the cover of The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg & no bike in that, either. But it is a nice cover! (Book is excellent, I think.)

Carrie said...

Just finished reading it this evening - very good - back to that Dublin gothic feel French had in The Likeness. A good allegorical story of society's decline, looking at what happens when the facade crumbles.

Speaking of the book cover, it's been driving me nuts, how similar this cover is to another book, that I can't remember! Can you think of any other covers that have the same colours, horizon, beach, light? The one tugging on my memory has a Viking type mask in the place of the tricycle. Ring any bells? Is there a website that compares book covers?