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Faithful Place: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Tana French

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Title:Faithful Place: A Novel
Authors:Tana French
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
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French really knows how to draw you in to the story and get you engaged with the characters. This is the third in her Dublin Murder Squad series (although that designation is increasingly inapt), and it features Frank Mackey, who we met as the head of an undercover squad in The Likeness. He was an iffey sort of character in that novel (as you might expect of anyone involved in undercover police work), and now we learn some of the reasons why. Faithful Place is the street where Mackey grew up, in a family so dysfunctional it's a little hard to imagine how they all lived long enough to become adults. And although there are mysterious deaths to be puzzled out and solved, this is not about Mackey as policeman, but more about Mackey as flawed human being and the various complex relationships (first love, ex-wife, daughter, Mammy, Da, sibs, colleagues) in his life. A few thought-provoking moments, but mainly just a good story to get lost in. 4 stars
Review written in October 2012 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 6, 2014 |
Least favorite, so far, but not bad. Debating if I should review each of these or do a series review.

Also debating if I should immediately jump into the next one, which is lauded as being the best in the bunch, or read one of my very neglected arcs. =/ ( )
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
The second book in a series is usually dedicated to revealing more of a character than what we saw in the first book, however in "THE LIKENESS" Cassie Maddox has to go back to the undercover role that she played in the first book because that identity has been stolen and used by the victim in this book.

The case dubbed Operation Mirror is unusual because one would think that if the identity had been stolen, then Cassie would be unable to physically reclaim it, however, the victim is the spitting image of Cassie.

Frank Mackey, Cassie's undercover boss, borrows her from her everyday Domestic Violence team, and sets to work preparing her to undertake the impersonation of the victim to try and find the murderer. Frank drills her for a week on all the details hat he can find out about the dead Lexie and then reveals to her housemates that she will be coming home with memory loss of the attack and some of the time around then.

Frank sends her into Whitethorn House which Lexie had shared with 4 other students. Cassie/Lexie is bandaged as if she had survived the attack and underneath the bandage she is wired. But certain details were not in Cassie/Lexie's training and she has to tread lightly so as to not give up her secret.

Cassie/Lexie's appearance has the others rattled believing that she had been fatally wounded. But slowly Cassie becomes the friend that they lost and she works to undercover what really happened the night of Lexie Madison's murder.

Cassie is changed by the experience, at times wishing that she was Lexie because of the camaraderie of the group, and finding that times she wants to protect her "friends" from the police. The contrast of their closeness to her real life where she has few friends and currently a boyfriend who doesn't agree with her assignment, have Cassie putting herself in danger.

By the time I had read 12 pages, I was hooked. The story was so engaging that I literally couldn't put it down. It had to fall out of my hand before I would turn out the light to sleep. Yes, the book could have been edited down to fewer pages and still told the story, but then the reader would have missed out on the growth of the character and the complex interactions between all of the characters. A great follow-up on the first from the series! ( )
  cyderry | Aug 5, 2014 |
This was her best yet, i think. ( )
  KRoan | Jul 25, 2014 |
What an excellent read! Except that it also totally breaks your heart.

The only complaint I have about Tana French's previous two books is that they read like The Case of the Missing Editor, running about 100 pages too long and full of repetitive observations. This book, in contrast, hits the sweet spot of a literary mystery novel: a compelling plot with rich characterization, told with an economy of words that affects the reader's emotions and intellect.

Like Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, Frank Mackey is a clever, compelling detective who straddles--and sometimes crosses--the line between good cop and bad cop. Unlike Ryan and Maddox, however, Mackey does not mince words. He tells a complex story about the ambiguity of good and evil, and the shifting loyalties within families and within society, and he does it in a straightforward way with minimal self reflection.

The author brings to life the grim, poor setting of the Liberties area of Dublin, specifically the tiny cul de sac of Faithful Place, which is literally a dead end neighborhood for many of its residents. Mackey tells his young daughter, "Keeping secrets is important, but there are times when getting to the truth is even more important. When someone's been killed, that's almost always one of those times." The universal axiom that snitches end up in ditches is sorely tested here. In the end, silence does not protect anyone, and the devastation is widespread. And while Mackey says little about the repurcussions of this story, the reader is left with much to consider.

Although Faithful Place is the third in the Dublin Murder Squad "series," it does not reference the earlier two books at all. I would recommend this book as a entry point for new readers. ( )
  librarianarpita | May 21, 2014 |
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The past haunts in Tana French novels. That which was buried is brought to light and wreaks hell--on no one moreso than Frank Mackey, beloved undercover guru and burly hero first mentioned in French's second book about the Undercover Squad, The Likeness. Faithful Place is Frank's old neighborhood, the town he fled twenty-two years ago, abandoning an abusive alcoholic father, harpy mother, and two brothers and sisters who never made it out. They say going home is never easy, but for Frank, investigating the cold case of the just-discovered body of his teenage girlfriend, it is a tangled, dangerous journey, fraught with mean motivations, black secrets, and tenuous alliances. Because he is too close to the case, and because the Place (including his family) harbors a deep-rooted distrust of cops, Frank must undergo his investigation furtively, using all the skills picked up from years of undercover work to trace the killer and the events of the night that changed his life. Faithful Place is Tana French's best book yet (readers familiar with In the Woods and The Likeness will recognize this as an incredible feat), a compelling and cutting mystery with the hardscrabble, savage Mackey clan at its heart.
 

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As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves the Liberties area of Dublin and ends up in Ranelagh (another Dublin area) without her—thinking she had run off without him. He vows never to return to his dysfunctional family or the street he grew up on with Rosie, Faithful Place. Years later, though, Rosie’s suitcase is found in an abandoned house, and Frank, now a detective, returns to his old neighborhood to learn the truth of that long-ago night.

The past haunts in Tana French novels. That which was buried is brought to light and wreaks hell--on no one moreso than Frank Mackey, beloved undercover guru and burly hero first mentioned in French's second book about the Undercover Squad, The Likeness. Faithful Place is Frank's old neighborhood, the town he fled twenty-two years ago, abandoning an abusive alcoholic father, harpy mother, and two brothers and sisters who never made it out. They say going home is never easy, but for Frank, investigating the cold case of the just-discovered body of his teenage girlfriend, it is a tangled, dangerous journey, fraught with mean motivations, black secrets, and tenuous alliances. Because he is too close to the case, and because the Place (including his family) harbors a deep-rooted distrust of cops, Frank must undergo his investigation furtively, using all the skills picked up from years of undercover work to trace the killer and the events of the night that changed his life.
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Detective Frank Mackey finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind twenty-two years ago when the suitcase belonging to his first love, Rosie Daly, shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place. The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad.… (more)

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