I tried to read this on my kindle but couldn't get past the accents. It was much easier to listen to with this narrator. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I thought the author gave away the ending very early on in one line. If you're looking for a great mystery with lots of twists, I'd keep looking. This one is better if you think of it more as a look at a very dysfunctional family as opposed to a crime thriller.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
Even though The Likeness is my favorite French book, this one did not disappoint. I liked Frank a lot, and the narrator was brilliant. I could listen to him for hours.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
I loved the relationships and the fact that everyone in this story turns out to be more than they seem to be. The author builds on each of them until we come to know them fully and understand why they react in the way that they do. I like for the characters actions to make sense. If they say or do a certain thing, then, in the end, I like knowing what cased them to do so. I don't mind if it isn't clear from the beginning, as long as it makes sense by the end of the book. Faithful Place succeeds at this very well.
I dislike listing a memorable moment because I feel that it spoils the book for anyone thinking of reading it and also, what I might find memorable is not always going to be interesting to another reader. I will just say that there are many memorable moments within this story. It had many layers and the author peels them back expertly.
He made me like something about each of them. When the characters express an opinion, or make an observation, he makes it sound as if this is genuinely what they are feeling. There are no false notes.
There is a relationship in this book between two family members that I was able to identify with as something that speaks to my own life. They are very honest with one another at one point in the story and that part of the story made me wish I could be as direct with those around me. One of the two characters has done something unforgivable but after this conversation, even though I didn't agree with what was done, I understood why it was done.
The settings, sense of family life in all it's strengths and weaknesses, and the dialogue are reasons enough to listen to the book, but on top of that, you get a very engaging story! This author writes from the heart.
Say something about yourself!
Faithful Place was a most enjoyable book. I believe the narrator had everything to do with this but of course a great plot helped.
The relationship between Frank, his daughter and his ex-wife. I enjoyed reading about a family that was able to get along even after a divorce and keep what is best for the child foremost in their minds.
I loved the entire book.
I laughed in many places. While at times it was sad, I never did cry.
I think this is Tana French at her best. And Tim Gerard Reynolds was one of the best narrators that I have listened to. I am going in search of more from him.
The story was pretty good - though I did predict the ending way earlier than I would have liked. I'm not sure if the narrator gave it away, or if it was the author. In either case, I was entertained enough to continue on with the series.
I will say the narrator was exceedingly slow and I was most comfortable listening at 1.25.
i like to read. i like to listen.
as i previously mentioned, i think Tana French is a great author. this book is no exception, its the third in her Dublin Murder Squad Series...and it delivers exactly what i wanted.
i was a big fan of Frank Mackey in French's previous book...so pulling him out as the main character in Faithful Place was a smart move. i was riveted by his family -- how they related to each other (or didn't) -- and how they protected their secrets to the end.
i never thought i would be a fan of a series of books like this one. but this is one set of detective mysteries that has really drawn me in, and i attest that to French's great writing.
i think she especially writes dialogue really well. it's realistic, intense and exciting.
onto Broken Harbor.
I have listened to this book numerous times. There is a complexity in this one, I've not found in others. Some mysteries are not very dimensional but the truly best mysteries evoke a time, a place and well-drawn characters facing themselves and their own demons. This book succeeds with all flags flying.
I haven't liked an author this much since I first discovered Dennis Lehane of Mystic River fame. Tana French's books keep getting better and better. The Ireland atmosphere is a character in the story as it is descriptively brought to life. And has there ever been another author who has done this: had a different leading character in every book, passing along the lead story like a daisy chain? It's not obvious which side player in the novel you are reading may be the star of the next novel. Each has their own compelling story, and this one was no exception.
The main character is not initially the most admirable character, but as his story unfolds, you begin to see why he acts the way he does. Although I did figure out "who did it" before the end, it didn't spoil it for me, so beautifully was the story written and so perfectly did it play out.
The narrator does a great job. The Irish accent helps set the atmosphere for the story.
Yes! Such a good story! And I am looking forward to others by Tana French
Yes! The mystery, the family, the back story. ALL GREAT!
Our detective, Frank Mackey of course. But ALL the characters were so real. I felt so bad for the parents, the families stuck in the old neighborhood, not able to get out of a poor neighborhood. I loved Frank's answers to his little girl's questions about the family, and life in general.
Outstanding! It touched on many emotions and levels of family dynamics.
Great Job! A great listen!
Tana French has a talent for storytelling like I have never heard before. The characters are real and well developed to the point we feel their pain and understand their motivation. This is the third installment of the Dublin Murder series and while they can stand alone, listening to them in order brings a unique insight into recurring characters.
The storyline unfolds gradually and draws you in (the narration is spot on, by the way) and you find yourself inside the story, experiencing the drama as it unfolds.
I have recommended this series to every book lover I know.