In Ocean View, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned and disparagingly known as "Broken Harbour"- two children are found smothered in their beds, their parents brutally stabbed in their home. Only the mother survives this vicious attack, unable to remember what happened. Detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the star of French's fictional Dublin Murder Squad, is given the case. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, believe in a simple solution: Pat Spain, the father, was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jennifer, and finished off with himself. But there are many inexplicable details: Why was the Spains' house locked from the inside? Why are the walls of their luxury home riddled with holes? And who were they guarding against with their extensive home monitoring system?
Seeing the case on the news, Scorcher's unstable sister Dina feels assailed by memories of what happened to their family one summer in Broken Harbour, many years ago. Something Scorcher thought he had tightly under control. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk.
Described in the Guardian as "the best yet of French's four excellent thrillers", this is a book full of psychological suspense.
Hodder & Stoughton 2012
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