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Broken Harbor
Broken Harbor: A Novel | Tana French
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An addictive thriller from New York Times bestseller and the acclaimed author of In the Woods and Faithful PlaceTana French’s rise can only be called meteoric. Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive New York Times bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. Broken Harbor is quintessential French—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.            Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy always brings in the killer. Always. That’s why he’s landed this high-profile triple homicide. At first, he thinks it’s going to be simple, but the murder scene holds terrifying memories for Scorcher. Memories of something that happened there back when he was a boy.Tana French's newest novel, The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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What happens if you follow all the rules, do all the right things yet the bad tides still hit you? French weaves a melancholy tale of the sacrifices that people make; things they do for love, and out of need. While this is absorbing, I find it not as solidly good as Faithful Place, which is my favourite so far. I like that she portrays her characters flawed and long-suffering, and probes into the minds of the suspects, victims and investigators.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I must get back to her again. I loved Faithful Place too 3w
Nute Everything is top level in this post! Wonderful review and awesome photo collage. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks @Cathythoughts 😊. I can‘t wait to read her next one, Cathy. I need to space them out, can‘t binge read the series..intense and heartbreaking. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm @Nute Thank you 😊😙 3w
Theaelizabet I haven‘t read this one yet, but agree with you on Faithful Place. 3w
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Itchyfeetreader
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I really enjoyed this one. It‘s creepy and twisty enough for anyone who loves mysteries but also kind of heart breaking. I enjoyed the police officer narrating this sorry and the moral ambiguity was great. Off to find number 5!

Cathythoughts Great review! I must get back to her , I‘ve read the first 3 , I think. ♥️👍🏻 4w
vivastory This is one of my favorites by her 4w
RachelO You‘ve convinced me I‘ll have to try her one of these days... 4w
Itchyfeetreader @cathyreviews thank you! It‘s taken me a while to get into her style but I am enjoying this series ! @vivastory agreed favourite so far. 4w
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Itchyfeetreader
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My consumption of the Dublin murder squad continues. Don‘t judge me for the wine it‘s been that sort of a Monday! (And for #BFC I did my swim this morning and took packed lunch to work so not a total wipeout!)

LapReader There was no way I was having an alcohol free day on my Monday evening either. #BFC or not. 4w
CouronneDhiver ⬆️ I concur. Lol 4w
BookwormAHN As do I ⬆️ 4w
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Julsmarshall Wine is in my near future! And I love this series! 4w
Itchyfeetreader @LapReader @CouronneDhiver @bookwormAHN @Julsmarshall thanks all - had a rather lovely night even if I read too long ! Hope you enjoyed your drink and book this odd Monday evening! (edited) 4w
Bookwormjillk Wine is healthy isn‘t it?? 4w
dariazeoli Red wine is good for the heart... let‘s all agree it counts towards your fitness goals 😁 4w
Caterina Looks like a great evening. ❤ You got a swim in, you're good! 👍 4w
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Mdargusch
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I know I‘m in the minority about this book, but it really gave me the creeps and made me #paranoid about bumps in the night!
#anglophileapril

LeahBergen I have the first two books in this series. I really must get to them one day. 🙄 2mo
vivastory I agree, this one was really unsettling 2mo
Mdargusch I‘d be interested to see what you think @LeahBergen 2mo
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Mdargusch @vivastory I‘m glad you thought so too! 2mo
EmilyM Almost done with The Likeness....this one is up next, I think. 2mo
Reviewsbylola I was reading this one at the hospital when I was induced with Genevieve. 😂 2mo
Susanita Yeah this is probably my least favorite because it‘s so sad. 2mo
emilyhaldi I know I read this but don't remember a thing about it 😂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll get to this. Only read the first three books. 2mo
Cinfhen I read my first Tana French recently & wasn‘t very impressed 🙄think I‘m avoiding the rest of her books #OneAndDone #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 2mo
Mdargusch They are definitely slow moving and character driven @Cinfhen 2mo
Mdargusch I too found this to be the most unsettling @EmilyM 2mo
Mdargusch I don‘t remember much except it scared me @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Susanita (edited) 2mo
Mdargusch 👍🏼😃 @erzascarletbookgasm (edited) 2mo
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Juli4na
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My first Tana French book — I read somewhere that I should her her series in a specific order and decided to follow that. What I can say is: WOW! Amazing book! I‘m in love and will certainly read her other Murders Squad stories.

#mystery #thriller #detectivestory #tanafrench #readaroundtheworld

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enidkeaner
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Y‘all, this is why I love Tana French, even though I don‘t really like crime fiction. She crafts passages like that, while crafting really well thought out mysteries.

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Kaye
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Happy 2019.

Just a heads up. Not sure this will happen with everyone, but my Litsy is broken. I can‘t see any notifications and can‘t see my replies to people. Hopefully it‘ll get straightened out soon.
Have a nice day !

Cinfhen My Litsy has been totally Wonky since yesterday 😝 5mo
Ms_T My Litsy is drunk 🥴 5mo
Birdsong28 Mine is as well. Taking ages for posts to show up/ comments/notifications 😘📚📖 5mo
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Kaye I hope it‘s repaired soon. I can‘t see my replies or the Likes I give so I go back and do them again. I‘m not sure this will show up either. I can‘t see when I reply to people but maybe they can see it. @Cinfhen 5mo
Klou I can't follow people and if this comment posts I'll be surprised as I can't post comments. 5mo
Sarah83 I have the same problems 😑 5mo
AnansiGirl I think litsy drank too much New Year‘s champagne. 🍾🤪 Mine‘s acting wonky too. 5mo
BarbaraBB Mine too! 5mo
mcctrish I can‘t friend anyone 5mo
Kaye Well, I‘m not glad others are having trouble too, but at least I know it‘s not just something here messing up. I can see replies from @cinfhen @Ms_T @birdsong28 bot not notifications that you replied. 5mo
HOTPock3tt Same here 😞 5mo
Leftcoastzen I just posted a comment and can‘t see it , wonky 2019! 5mo
Kaye @Klou I can see your comment. @CouronneDhiver I can see yours. 5mo
Kaye I can‘t see my own. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm No notifications on mine too. Comments I made didn‘t appear when I hit ‘send‘. I hope this glitch gets rectified ASAP. 5mo
Klou Oh I can see my comments now. @kaye I know you've tagged me in a comment but I can't see it. Sorry. 5mo
CarolynM Mine is on the blink too. It's very annoying 😠 5mo
AmyG Mine, too. 5mo
Exbrarian I‘m having similar problems. 5mo
SW-T Same here. 5mo
SkeletonKey My posts aren‘t showing up and my likes are disappearing ☹️ Hope this gets fixed soon. 5mo
Soubhiville Huh. Yeah I just tried to post and it doesn‘t seem to have worked. I‘m sure it‘ll get straightened out soon. Happy New Year Julie! 5mo
TheNerdyProfessor I can't post anything today 😫😫😫 5mo
sudi Same here 5mo
Klou @kaye I've only just seen your comment. This is a nightmare. I need my Litsy back 😭😭 5mo
Wife Wonky here too🤨 5mo
Burghbookaddict Mine is being glitchy, too 5mo
CouronneDhiver I emailed them earlier. I expect their office might be closed today ... maybe we‘ll hear back tomorrow 5mo
Geeklet Aww. Mine is messing up too. :( 5mo
a.bookish.byrd Ugh, me too! I can‘t add past books that I‘ve read. Hope it gets fixed soon :) 5mo
kgriffith We‘re aware and working on it 5mo
Stacy_31 I've left comments on several posts and they all disappear. Hopefully it's fixed soon. Happy new year, Julie! 5mo
kgriffith Server delay has been resolved; comments and posts will catch up if they haven‘t already. 5mo
Kaye Happy new year @Stacy_31 5mo
Cinfhen My Litsy is still working at a VERY WARPED speed and I‘m still not getting notifications @Kaye How about you??? 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz HAPPY NEW YEAR, @kaye! Hope your Litsy is up and running! Mine is ok just very slow... 5mo
Kaye Sorry, @Cinfhen I gave up for a couple hours. It shows I had some notifications. Let‘s see if this sends and shows up now. (edited) 5mo
Kaye Hi Jee , a Happy New Year to you too. Thanks 😊 @Jee_HookedOnBookz Litsy is a bit better now. Only slightly sluggish. 5mo
wordslinger42 I've had problems, too. Whenever someone tags me in a comment on a post that's not my own, I don't get a notification 5mo
Kaye @wordslinger42 It‘s improved a lot since this morning, but still a little “off” at times. Hopefully it‘ll be back to normal soon. 5mo
wordslinger42 @kaye Well, I got a notification this time, so things are looking up 😃 I hope the issues you've been having get worked out quickly! 5mo
Litsy Sorry for the trouble, everyone! We started the new year off with some server delay problems yesterday, but everything should be back to normal by now. Let us know if you're still experiencing issues with posting or notifications. - Loranne 5mo
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EllieDottie
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I‘m enjoying my first Tana French!

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sophierayton
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Tana French tells a good suspenseful story. It struck me that a lot of the the bad things that happened in this book could have been avoided if people had only sought appropriate help at appropriate times. I guess it wouldn't have been much of a novel if that was the case, but still, let this be a warning to people who think they can deal with situations without proper help.

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ladygrey
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number 4!

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KatieanneF
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My favorite of her books so far. This one broke my heart in a way that is rare and worthy of some self analysis. As each detail of the plot was uncovered, I found myself tripping over new emotional hurdles. What a well crafted story. Highly recommended #tanafrench #brokenharbor

vivastory I completely agree. This & The Likeness are my two favorites by her that I've read so far. I'm currently on The Secret Place. 9mo
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KatieanneF
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With all the heartache and darkness I‘ve come to expect from #French, this one also comes with the most compelling of the plots (in my opinion) thus far. Absolutely riveted and can‘t wait until I can listen to some more on my way home tonight #brokenharbor

vivastory I read this one last week. Tied with The Likeness as my favorite. 👍 9mo
Mdargusch This one really gave me the creeps. 9mo
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vivastory
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"... enough bloody footprints for Dracula's marching band..."
Forensic Technician line of the year!

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vivastory
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I've heard this is one of her best. Some even claim it's as good as The Likeness. Really excited to rejoin the Squad.

meghan2714 Likeness was my favorite of hers so far, this one is really good too!! 9mo
vivastory @meghan2714 Have you read all of her books? She very well might be my favorite living crime writer. 9mo
meghan2714 @vivastory I finished broken harbor in Jan, so i need to read the secret place, and the trespasser. I love her , i always connect with her characters, likeness is so far my favorite, i couldn't put it down!!! 9mo
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vivastory @meghan2714 The Likeness is definitely my favorite. I have a suspicion that this will be a close second. Nobody writes as thoughtfully & lyrically about crime & the way it impacts lives. The way she manages to fully inhabit each character is remarkable. I really disliked Scorcher when she first introduced him in book 3. Now I think he's fantastic.b 9mo
vivastory @meghan2714 I have her next book pre-ordered from Barnes and Noble. It's a signed edition! 9mo
meghan2714 @vivastory you will enjoy this book!! Its a Good one , i like scorcher as well, i like them all😂 frank is a favorite too!! And that's awesome a signed copy 😄😄😄🤓👌 I can't wait to read the next book 9mo
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BekaReid
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This was an absorbing book from the onset. I thoroughly enjoy Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series and how each book is told from a different dectective's perspective.

Eggs Love TF 10mo
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readtheworld
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The best part of preparing for a trip is deciding which books to take... though when you need to pack extremely light it‘s so difficult! 📚

#tbr #tbrshelf #vacationbooks #bookshelves

BarbaraBB This is such fun! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Totally agree! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
Aims42 Definitely one of my favorite things when going on a trip too!! 😊 10mo
Tamra I find it stressful to pick! 10mo
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Dasuse
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I so love Tana French‘s novels.

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BooksGirlsCats
Broken Harbour | Tana French
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Just finished this and I loved it! One of the best Tana French novels - perhaps second to the trespasser, in my opinion?

Mostly I'm disappointed that I've already finished this book!

Mdargusch I agree! This book was so creepy it gave me nightmares. 10mo
BooksGirlsCats @Mdargusch so creepy! I was reading in the balcony and jumped every time someone walked down the street! To be read inside with the lights on, only! 10mo
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BooksGirlsCats
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I've been sick for a few weeks so I dropped behind on posting...
Finally feeling better now and spent the afternoon lying in prospect park. I am LOVING this Tana French!

Book 20 of my #52Booksin2018

BarbaraBB Lovely picture. I hope you feel better! 🍀 10mo
Libby1 (((Hugs))). I hope you‘re feeling better. 🌻 10mo
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readtheworld
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Haven‘t started this one yet, but I‘m excited about it!

#bestfirstlines #openinglines #24in48 #tanafrench #mystery #irishlit

KimmyM One of my favourites in the series! 11mo
readtheworld @KimmyPingwing Yay! I‘m excited to start it later. 11mo
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Laughterhp
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Wow, was this book intense! I did not see the ending coming. I‘m trying to get through all of Tana French‘s books. This is my 2nd one. The first was Into the Woods.

This was a great mystery. It definitely had a lot going on, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

TW: violence against children and suicide

Kaye Do you think it‘s better to read them in order or does it make a difference ? Aren‘t they all with the same set of characters ? 11mo
Laughterhp @Kaye I had no issues following along with this one, even though it was the 4th book. At least in this one, you didn‘t get a look at the rest of squad. From how I understand it, each book is a different detective, but they all work on the same squad. 11mo
Kaye Sounds good. Hope you like all the rest just as much. 11mo
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Laughterhp
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Book ✅
Pool ✅
Mojito ✅✅ - Already drank 😊
Pina Colada ✅

Trying to relax and stay cool on this 96 Degree day! (Feels like 106) 😓☀️

I want to bring my book into the pool, but 😬😬😬

ju.ca.no Perfect😍 enjoy! 12mo
GloVerdino This looks like a perfect day to me! 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Take it into the pool. Live on the edge. 😉 12mo
Laughterhp @Ashley_Nicoletto Haha I didn‘t end up taking it in. There was a toddler in the pool lol. Next time! 12mo
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Macnjen
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I‘m mixed about this audiobook. The narration was good and I like Tana French‘s writing style but the story was kind of ridiculous. I‘ll try again with her because I like the Dublin Murder Squad but this was a bit off the rails for me.

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FriggTheBookWyrm
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This book was intense but very good. I‘m a fan of this series, and although Mick Kennedy is not my favorite protagonist, she writes him very well, and the story itself is excellent.
Highly recommend!

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FriggTheBookWyrm
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I‘m leaving on a trip to Ireland tomorrow, and I‘ve got my on-theme travel books all set! 🇮🇪 📚 📖 💕

Jas16 Have a wonderful time! 1y
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MallenNC
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I haven‘t read all of Tana French‘s series yet but I loved the ones I‘ve read. They are what I thought of for #Ireland (Picture from the web. Mine are scattered around the house!) #magicalmarch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Reviewsbylola I ♥️ Tana French!! 1y
SilversReviews Love this photo!! 1y
vkois88 I need to read some of her books! 1y
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Amiable
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A sad and sobering page to read on this day after yet ANOTHER horrible school shooting in America. 😢

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megt
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Day 3: Want Some Thrill. Detective stories are my go-to when I want a thrilling read. Tana French‘s flawed and complex detectives are some of my favorites. I‘ve read all of her books, but only own a few! I‘m sure that‘s something I can remedy 😉

#HappinessIsResistance
@writerlibrarian

Eggs ♥️♥️♥️T French 1y
megt @Eggs she‘s great! 1y
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Amaryie
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First of three book shipments is in! Anyone else use #thriftbooks ? I love ordering from them!!!

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CaitMobley
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I've decided to follow BookRiot's suggested Tana French binge read book order. I just finished Broken Harbor and I'm hooked!

tjwill I read in the order published because I bought the first two when just those two were out, and then I got hooked. I always pre-order her books! I have seen that @bookriot article before though. Let us know how you like reading in that order! 1y
dragondrool I've only read In the Woods so far. But as I go I'll be reading in order of publication. 1y
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BiblioBimbo
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Another solid pick from the TBR Jar! Tana French just gets better with every book and this one was no exception. Eerie setting, spot on characters, and plenty of twists to keep you guessing!

BookaholicNatty Just got in the woods by Tana French and I‘m excited to read it. I am adding this one to my tbr!!! 1y
BiblioBimbo She's soooo amazing! Faithful Place is my favorite one of hers so far. 1y
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KaraDunn
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These two beauties ruined my sleep for a week! I stayed up way too late finishing Faithful Place, and scarcely came up for air before diving into Broken Harbor. I liked Mackey better as a narrator (and can‘t wait to see him again in The Secret Place!), but overall enjoyed the mystery in Broken Harbor more.

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Sid2
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Broken Harbor by Tana French - Tana French is a gifted writer. When you read the description of Broken Harbor, it may look like a typical murder mystery. But the book absorbs you. Its not about the monsters under the bed but about the monsters in our head.

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CaitMobley
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Glad I decided to look this one up today! Got it for $1.99 for my kindle! 👏👏

bookloo I got this too! ☺️ 1y
swishandflick Great deal on a great book! 1y
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Eggs

Just finished this. Anyone else read it, or other TF books?

Suelizbeth I have read all of her books and love this series. 1y
Cathythoughts Haven‘t read TF , but on my TBR 1y
Eggs @Suelizbeth Are they all connected? Didn't realize there was a series 1y
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Suelizbeth They are loosely connected in that the narrator detective changes from book to book, but is a character from the previous book. I read them in order and I think they‘re better that way. 1y
Pamwurtzler The Read or Dead podcast did a whole episode on TF - they recommend reading TF in a different order from how she wrote them. I‘ve only read this one I think - 1y
TrishB I‘m making my way through them! 1y
eanderson Ive read all but one. I love her! 1y
Suelizbeth @Pamwurtzler The Likeness is my favorite. I‘ll have to check out the podcast. Sounds interesting. 1y
Pamwurtzler @Suelizbeth I like it - it‘s all about mysteries! 1y
Mollyanna I've read the first two in the "series". Loved 1y
Suelizbeth @Pamwurtzler I found it! It‘s Episode 0. Definitely worth a listen. Thanks for the podcast recommendation. 1y
Mdargusch This book really gave the creeps. I love all her books! 1y
TheWordJar I‘ve read all of them except The Trespasser. So far, Faithful Place is my favorite. 1y
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SassyPants617
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Looking forward to this one. The last 2 books in the series I loved, hoping this one is just as good.

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swishandflick
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I'm a huge Tana French fan so I had to throw out a PSA - Broken Harbor is currently on sale for $1.99 on e-book! 🙌🏽 #ebookdeals

jbhops Thank you! 2y
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alanacristin
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I love the way this series revolves around a central office but is narrated by different characters. Each book has a distinct perspective and feel. This one is much more of a traditional crime procedural which isn't my jam -- gross descriptions. And the crime here is harder to read than the others. But I still enjoyed reading the story and felt a bit sad when spending time with the characters ended. #mommyreads #crime #booksforbreakfast

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This is a true psychological terror. Not a monster or person..but your own self l.

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KimmyM
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Another good one! I might wait to read the next in the series, since it's the only one left that I haven't read, and I'll be a bit down when I have to wait for her next book!

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JHgotham
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Man, and I thought I was cynical 😳 BTW I don‘t agree with the statement

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JHgotham
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After listening to the Read or Dead podcast today they talked me into picking up a Tana French novel to try

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Sisenegger
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Nothing is better than than a cozy blanket, a cup of tea and a great book on a rainy Sunday. I couldn't put Broken Harbor down and feel like French is really finding her stride. I hope I'm not on the hold list for the next Tana French for too long!

JillR Pretty much how I spent my day too :) 2y
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EllieDottie
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The Thrillers from my TBR! #thrillerthursday #awesomeautumnbooks

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LilithHomer
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Twisty mystery plus an emotional personal story about the detective

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NatalieR
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I'm addicted to Tana French novels. Not my favorite of the series, but I enjoyed reading it. 🔪🌊

[DELETED] 3216391035 I've read 2 and am hooked! What's your favorite? 2y
NatalieR @Basia I only have The Trespasser left to read. The Likeness is my favorite. What about you? 2y
[DELETED] 3216391035 @NatalieR I've only read the Trespasser (BOTM selection that got me hooked) & the Likeness, which is my favorite so far! 2y
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Meg11726
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Yup. It's a good night. Hello candy apple!

mcipher Yum!!! 2y
Wife Yes 😍Hello🍎...looks tasty ! 2y
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Meg11726
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It's a cold cold day.. 15 degrees Celsius which is like 59 degrees for my American Littens... it's also raining. And I have three teenage boys who wanted to go swimming.. thank god for my cousin who has this heated pool, gazebo and munchies :) swim all you want boys, you'll find me huddled under a blanket.

BookishMarginalia Nice setup! Enjoy! 2y
8little_paws Oh man this looks so relaxing!! 2y
Texreader Oh if only we could split the difference in temps. It's 100 F here. 2y
Meg11726 @Texreader I would much rather it be warmer than it is. It was soo nice up until today! 2y
Meg11726 @8little_paws we have a fire going now. The relaxation just stepped up a notch 2y
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Meg11726
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The bestie called this morning.. her and hubby have the flu, wondering if I could come bring her gravol. I also decided I was taking her 5 1/2 month old off her hands today.. now I sit listening to the small little waves crash on the shore, while babe is sleeping and eating cold chicken nuggets.. good practice as August is getting closer and closer 🤰🏻🍼

stacybmartin Great view! 😍 2y
Meg11726 @stacybmartin not bad for looking over the dash of the vehicle. But it's better than sitting home! Wish it was sunnier though. 2y
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