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.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Sphere
Broadchurch is the novelisation of the ITV hit series. Admittedly, I hadn’t watched it but had heard great things, so I was very keen to read it. I really wasn’t disappointed, Erin Kelly is a glorious writer who’s descriptors are so vivid that I could very easily picture everything playing out right in front of my eyes.
The characters are stand-out brilliant. DI Alec Hardy is cold, calculating and assesses every situation, his counterpart DS Ellie Miller is warm, blundering in places and fails to assess every situation. They are complete opposites but together they make a great team of light and shade. I especially loved watching Alec’s internal struggle and the strange detached manner in which he handles different people and situations.
In the small town of Broadchurch, where everybody knows everybody and the crime rate is low, the town is rocked to the core and thrust into the national spotlight when a child is brutally murdered. Local police officer, Ellie Miller is working the case alongside DI Alec Hardy, who is new to the town. Ellie must try to put her feelings to one side and work this case like she isn’t familiar with the victim and his family.
Alec Hardy also has dark shadows lurking around in his past…that won’t stay buried for long in Broadchurch!
The happy little town of Broadchurch is turned upside down by the brutal murder of Danny Latimer. The investigation unearths lots of other hidden little secrets along the way. Everyone is a suspect and nobody knows who to trust.
I suspected everyone at one point or another, but I did manage to suss it out well before the big reveal. I loved all the little twisty turns this story took and also all the little sub-plots that always pushed me in different directions.
Broadchurch is a fantastic novelisation of a T.V. series that I have now after reading watched and thoroughly enjoyed. Delving into the minds of these characters and seeing how they tick was most interesting. I loved seeing the kinks unfold and relationships shatter. Erin Kelly is a wonderful writer and I really can’t recommend this enough!
4.5 / 5 Stars
*With special thanks to the publishers for providing a review copy*