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Broadchurch by Erin Kelly | TBL Pt. 2

Author: Erin Kelly
Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1250055507
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Rating: 4/5 stars

Review by Amanda Barber

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.

I watched the show Broadchurch on BBC. David Tennant and Oliva Colman were amazing. The show had me completely hooked until the last episode. The killer was so far out of left field I was confused. And the explanation they gave made very little sense. I read the book hoping there would be more to the ending. In reading the book I knew the ending would be the same I was just hoping for a more in depth reason to WHY. I didn’t get it. It still makes very little sense to me. There was a bit more explanation, but not one that satisfied my lack of understanding. I just don’t get it. What was he? (If you read the book or saw the show you’ll understand what I mean by that question.) I know the US has now got the show under the title Gracepoint (still happy David Tennant is going to be in it though). I’m wondering if they’ll change the ending. I kinda hope they do. Everything leading up the murderer being caught was amazing though and thats why I’m giving it for stars. Plus it was based off a tv show instead of the other way around and Erin Kelly kept the same intensity in the book that the show had. Minus the strange ending I would definitely recommend reading this book and watching the tv show.

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About the Author

I was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. I read English at Warwick University and have been working as a journalist since 1998, writing for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and The Mirror, and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire and Elle. I continue to write about health, lifestyle, women’s issues and parenting. | Author Website

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One thought on “Broadchurch by Erin Kelly | TBL Pt. 2

  1. 1) Broadchurch aired on ITV, not the BBC. When it showed here in the US, it was on BBC America, however.

    2) It’s been widely publicized that Gracepoint will end differently than Gracepoint and tell a different story. Chibnall set the tone, adapting his first Broadchurch script, and after the second episode will start diverging from its original inspiration.



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