“Detective Mickey Scorcher Kennedy has had a bad string of luck recently, but he used to be the number one detective on Dublin's Murder Squad. He always played by the rules and brought in the tough cases. And his boss thinks he's ready to get back out there on a top case: a husband and kids murdered with the wife still hanging on out in a new housing development, Broken Harbor. He and his rookie partner arrive to the scene and at first everything seems to point to a normal domestic dispute. As Scorcher knows, 9 times out of 10, it's going to be the simple answer. But when he starts looking around he finds that this crime scene is one of the weirder ones he's ever seen. Baby monitors everywhere. Holes strategically placed in the walls. A trap set up in the attic to catch...what? This case wasn't what it appeared at first glance at all. And when they find the hideout in the abandoned building across the way that looks directly into the murdered family's house...maybe Scorcher's new partner was right after all. Maybe this murder is the 1 out of 10 that is different. And maybe this one time he'll have to break the rules to solve it.
I've read all of Tana French's books and this one is her latest that was released last summer. They all center around the Dublin Murder Squad and all are rife with mystery and psychological thrills. This one was no different. It had me guessing right until the very end. One of the best things about French's books is that she really fully develops all of her characters so you're not just reading in stereotypes. However, while I think all of French's books are solid 4 star novels, this one was only 3 stars for me. I just think there was a little too much technology involved in this plot and it lost my interest a bit. There was a lot of reading of emails and chat room conversations taking place and I just found it tedious in some points. I understand that she was trying to drive a point home but enough was enough after a while.
Otherwise, I'm still really looking forward to her next book. She's one of the few contemporary authors that I read that always delivers a good mystery.