Green Giants is my new feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors. I’m passionate about Irish Authors, there is a great and exciting mix of books to choose from, hopefully you will find something new to try.
First up has to be one of my favourite authors – Tana French. Broken Harbour is her most recent book and I think she just keeps getting better and better. All her books are focused around the Dublin Murder Squad and each one follows a different detective. All work fine as stand alones so you don’t need to read them in order.
In this one, Detective Scorcher Kennedy has to investigate a murder of a family. It appears simple, it looks like the father was suffering depression due to job loss/money worries and killed his two young children, attempted to kill his wife and then killed himself. But there are lots of inconsistent details and so Scorchers job becomes far more complicated. Also the setting of the murder is a place that has personal links to Scorcher which makes his job even more difficult.
I love so many things about Tana’s books. We tend to have two stories going on, the murder mystery plus whatever is going on in the Detectives own life. I have described these books before as psychological mind benders and that is exactly what they are. They are complex, dark, deep and will suck you in and spin you around and around until you are so dizzy you can’t see straight.
They also portray modern day Ireland in a realistic fashion, flaws and all. They don’t show the dreamy, rose-tinted view of Ireland that some books do but they do show an Ireland I recognise and live in. Ireland’s recession and the knock on consequences are laid bare here, up close and personal, for all to see. Not pretty but very true.
Same with the characters, they might not be people you want to be best friends with. They are annoying at times but totally authentic. Characters are broken down, crazy thoughts are exposed raw and unfiltered and unphotoshopped. This is an author who is not afraid to dig around in the dirt and throws it all up in the air to land where it will.
However, best of all is the writing, I seriously gush over the writing style, it’s very distinctive. I often stop and reread sentences not because I don’t understand them but because the words are beautifully crafted together. Even if you don’t normally read thrillers/suspense books, I would suggest you give these a go, they might just surprise you with their depth and intricacy.
Bookish Chat : Have you read Tana French? What is your favourite one? Or have I persuaded you to give one a go? Let me know. You know comments make my day. And you want to make my day, don’t you?