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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 sets the scene well, plots nicely, and the reader gets a real sense of personalities. The rhythm of language makes reading these Dublin Murder Squad stories a pleasure. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
French sets the scene well, plots nicely, and the reader gets a real sense of personalities. The rhythm of language makes reading these Dublin Murder Squad stories a pleasure. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Special ops detective Frank gets called home to Dublin when a suitcase belonging to Rosie is Found. She and Frank were supposed to elope, but she never showed. Pleasure to read, great descriptions: "clear lemony light floating over the cracked cobbles" and how th rare snow falling in Dublin brought out romance. Visceral and visual. Family interactions great: funny-sad, spot-on timing. Genuine feelings well-drawn. Tone and inflection of poverty without the hassle of idiom deciphering. ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 23, 2015 |
You know that feeling when you love a series and can't wait to get to the next one? And then you feel like the author let you down? That's how I feel about Faithful Place.

Frank is drawn back into some really bad family dynamics when the suitcase of a girl who disappeared years before is found. The big, messy Irish family is not very nice – mean to one another, memories of an abusive father and an unloving mother.

Now, I like stories of family, and they don't have to all be likable. But this story failed to engage me. I didn't care about the characters or the plot, and the writing was run of the mill.

I enjoyed the first in this series, In the Woods. I had trouble suspending some of my disbelief in the second one, The Likeness, but I enjoyed it anyway. This third one I just wanted to finish and be done with it. ( )
1 vote TooBusyReading | Jan 23, 2015 |
THE LIKENESS remains my favorite of the Tana French novels I've read thus far, but this one certainly kept me reading -- not so much to solve the mystery, but to see the relationships unfold and what impact people's decisions would have on eachother.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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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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