Broadchurch

Broadchurch

Book - 2014
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"In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she's been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach. For Ellie it's a personal blow; Danny was her older son's best friend. She can't believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny's parents, suspect in his death. It's a living nightmare for everyone involved...even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors. An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250055507
1250055504
Call Number: KELLY
Characteristics: 433 p. : map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Policewomen -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Chibnall, Chris

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htliang
Jul 31, 2017

This book was published after the highly acclaimed BBC television series became popular; since I have not seen the series, I had no idea of the storyline. One review (from Rotten Tomatoes) says the TV series is "well written and beautifully shot, Broadchurch is a deliberate, slowly unfolding mystery procedural with terrific performances from a fine cast." I don't believe the book deserves the same high praise. Although there was nothing wrong with the writing, it just didn't grab my interest and I ended up having to force myself to finish. I will say that I was surprised by the ending, however, and did not see it coming.

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Preeceville56
Jun 07, 2015

Watched the first season on DVD and I just couldn't get into the book. If I had read the book first I would have been able to get through it. I found the DVD version very good.

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Elaine212
Mar 18, 2015

Well written Who Done It. Kelly pulls you into the protagonist's head, looking at a problem as if it were a rubik's cube. Fast moving exhilarating read.

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simonwoodhouse
Oct 22, 2014

A good read similar to the TV series. If you have seen the show you wont learn too many surprises however the writing has more impact. Disturbing and very sad.

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