Sentence: One road in, one road out.
There has never been a murder in the sea-side town of Broadchurch;
until now. The body of young Danny Latimer was found lying
on the beach at the bottom a cliff. Rather than DS Ellie receiving
the promotion she expected, she returns from vacation to learn
DI Alex Hardy has been brought in from the outside. Although
she resents it, the Latimers are best friends to her family,
so Hardy will lead the investigation. With all the suspects
being friends of the boy's family, this is a case to tear
apart a town and uncover all the buried secrets, including
that of DI Hardy.
The prologue immediately provides a sense of place, but also
leaves us with a sense of dread.
are succinctly introduced, giving that sense of a small, close
community where people either know one another or they are
outsiders. Emotions are very well captured here.
is told in third person. For those who watched the television
series, this gives a greater insight into each of the characters.
Broadchurch is truly an old-fashioned who-done-it
mystery with plenty of suspects, interesting characters, red
herrings, good suspense and a "wow" climax, yet
an epilogue that touches the heart. Some people may have seen
the BBC series. Whether you have or not, this is still an