Broken Harbour

Only 18 pages into Tana French’s book Broken Harbour (Hachette Ireland), which I picked up yesterday, and I can already see why people are praising it from a high.

Her descriptions of the ghost estate (Brianstown), somewhere on the coast north of Balbriggan, are beautiful as is an early taster she gives of the lead detective’s childhood memory of the place (then called Broken Harbour).

I finished Niamh O’Connor’s first novel If I Never See You Again, which I largely enjoyed. The final chapters, as the plot comes together and the killer is revealed, are well crafted and full of drama.  Look forward to reading her subsequent books.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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