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Author: Colin Harrison, Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall Narrator: Jason Culp, Carolyn Pickles , Carolyn Pickles Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781427260178
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kelly folds a loving portrait of rural Dorset and a well-made whodunit into a painstaking account of the grief and unimaginable pain that follow in the wake of one child's murder. Kirkus (starred review)

  • [Supplies] fashionable existential dread while also providing a solid, Agatha Christie- or Dorothy Sayers-like mystery plot that proceeds at a deliberate pace through a cloud of plausible suspects with a minimum of confusion...Superior entertainment. The New York Times
  • A gripping portrait of small-town paranoia. Entertainment Weekly
  • Striking...When mysteries work as effectively as this one, they offer a safe outlet for our gnawing rage to understand--that detective's compulsion to cajole the truth out of the civilized world, no matter what gets destroyed. The New Yorker
  • Beautiful...what's great about Broadchurch is not that, in the end, it lets you know everything. It's that it makes you feel everything. Time
  • Striking. Variety
  • Exceptionally striking...[Broadchurch] will break your heart and keep you guessing all the way through. The Washington Post
  • It's not just that Broadchurch demonstrates that it is possible to reinvigorate...the hunt-for-a-killer genre with solid, engaging craftsmanship--though it does--but that unlike so many in the genre it is inordinately emotionally generous. Slate

  • “Kelly folds a loving portrait of rural Dorset and a well-made whodunit into a painstaking account of the grief and unimaginable pain that follow in the wake of one child’s murder.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A police officer haunted by failure gets a chance at redemption…The solution will surprise many.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Carolyn Pickles, who is in the popular Broadchurch TV series, uses a flat tone to present the facts of this well-plotted mystery…While projecting empathy for the Latimers, Pickles dispassionately reveals the secrets and lies of the townspeople as they’re unearthed. Her timing and pacing never falter as she keeps listeners glued to the story.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2014

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About the Author

Colin Harrison is the author of several novels, including Manhattan Nocturne and Break and Enter. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, writer Kathryn Harrison, and their three children.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Jerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.