Putting the spook into suburbia

Broken Harbour By Tana French. Hachette Books Ireland, 534pp. £13.99

A GHOST ESTATE is a perfect location for a contemporary crime novel: isolated, lonely and spooky in a way that has nothing to do with the supernatural. For a thoughtful Irish crime writer such as Tana French, who is always concerned with the psychology behind everyday actions and events, a ghost estate is a crumbling temple of lost hope, despair, pretence and the futility of keeping up appearances. It’s a location that adds texture to her latest, tightly wrought police procedural.

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