I just want to comment on another reviewer who didn't care for the narration. Don't let that stop you...I almost didn't buy this because a narrator can ruin a wonderful book. While I am not Irish, I thought this narrator was perfectly believable. I enjoyed his narration - does several different voices well.
The plot itself is well-rounded, there is a mystery, but there is also a good look at several characters who "live." Especially on of the sisters, Jackie. I only gave four stars because I reserve the five stars for a book that changes my life.
I thought Tim Gerard Reynolds' reading was absolutely terrific. He brought each character to life in a way that materially enhanced the text. Gripping and enjoyable.
Based on the reviews, I expected to enjoy this more. Take away the Angela's Ashes-type setting, and you have a basic Murder, She Wrote mystery with a predictable ending. It was reasonably well narrated, in that Reynolds manages to convey distinct characters and accents. Not sure if I would pick up another of Tana French's novels, though. For good Irish crime drama, I'll stick with Adrian McKinty.
I enjoyed this one because not only do you get an interesting, though far out, story, you get a real sense of place. The characters were wonderfully formed and the reader did a terrific job with Irish accents.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
This is the 2nd Tana French book that I have listened to, and I could not have expected "Faithful Place" to live up to "In the Woods." I was wrong! Although the stories both concern the Dublin murder squad,lethe tales are in completely different voices and separate characters. The people of "Faithful Place' hung on to me between listens, and I was anxious to get back to them each time. Believable people in all-to-real dramatic situations make for an exciting read.
I enjoyed this. The characters were well developed and the dialogue true. Paced well, story line believable, entertaining. Loved the narrator. Overall, a good buy!
The story line is okay but what a lousy ending. I won't give anything away by saying there's no closure to this book and what little ending there is made me scroll back because I thought I had accidentally missed a couple hours of listening. At the very least there should have been an epilogue but one second you're listening to the story and the next the author says "The End". What a waste.
Both the author and the narrator have outdone themselves. All of Tana French's novels have been outstanding, and this may be the best. Truly memorable.
This is one of the most refreshing books I have had the good luck to pick! I read alot of murder mysteries and I couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear more! I would hope everyone gives this book a chance!
I was intrigued throughout this story. It was smart, often funny, evocative writing. Much about the characters seemed real, especially the dysfunctional Irish family. As the mystery unfolded, I gained insights into how the lives of people in a family are forever intertwined, for good or ill.