Book Review: Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

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Read between: 22nd January- 2nd February 2017
Published: August 14th, 2014
Publisher: Sphere
Number of pages: 433
Synopsis: On her first day back at work after maternity leave for her second child, Detective Ellie Miller is upset to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion 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; she was good friends with his family and Danny was her son’s best friend. She can’t believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. Alec considers everyone, even Danny’s parents, a suspect in his death. It’s a living nightmare for everyone involved…even before the press arrive and start stirrung 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 adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a small town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.
Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: Based on the ITV show by Chris Chibnall (new head writer of Doctor Who woot woot!) this book is very similar to the show but there are loads of unseen extras which gives it that little bit more and adds a bit of separation.

It’s a crime novel- of sorts. I’ve seen the TV show so I knew what was going to happen- but that didn’t stop me reading it!

A quiet seaside town is shaken up when the body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found on the beach. How did he get there? Did he fall? Did he jump? Was he pushed? Whatever happened, the murder of a child is enough to break the town of Broadchurch apart. What the residents thought they knew about it and each other is ruffled.

Secrets are leaked, lives are lost- but one thing is for certain- D.I Alec Hardy doesn’t want a repeat of his last case. Sandbrook. Where the killer wasn’t caught and the dead girl’s parents still don’t have answers. He is going to catch Danny’s killer, even if it kills him.

With the help of D.S. Ellie Miller- who knows Broadchurch like the back of her hand, they work hard to find the culprit and bring closure to the Latimer family- Mark, Beth, and Chloe.

Even though I knew how it would end, I still enjoyed the novel 🙂

Erin Kelly has gone deeper than the television script and broadened it so the characters are much more than those portrayed on screen. If you haven’t seen the TV show, it wouldn’t matter. It works on its own!

It’s a great crime novel, not overly a murder mystery but still brilliant!

Would recommend 🙂
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