I didn't like this book. It didn't grab me from the beginning like In the Woods or This Likeness. I found the long conversations between the characters very tedious. The way the family members talk to each other was disturbing. It may be the norm in Ireland but it's grueling to listen to pages of it. All of her books are sprinkled with foul language but this one was drowning in it. There were phrases I've never heard and wished I hadn't. It was too much for me. Also, it was too easy to guess the killer. Actually, I was surprised he was revealed so soon. In The Likeness I was guessing until the end. It was a relief when the book ended.
I have not. The performance was great!
I previously reviewed Tana French's "The Likeness" , and enjoyed it, but I developed a sick attachment for 'Faithful Place.' This is by far and away my favorite book of hers so far. When I finished it I immediately downloaded 'Into the Woods' craving and needing more. Each book in the Dublin Murder Squad series has an overlapping character in the books, but it is not necessary for them to be read in order. I am grateful, because technically I started with two, went to three and am now reading the first. I was concerned I missed a major plot point, but it appears I stumbled on a series where you can "choose your own adventure," or more accurately, choose your own timeline. 'Faithful Place' revolves around Frank Mackey and the gritty side of Dublin. The book throws him back into a family dynamic he ran from years ago. Frank is a grizzled undercover cop and handler. He's not the running type.
Frank Mackey is 41, divorced, with a nine-year old girl he has worked hard to be able to see on weekends. His wife doesn't hate him but decided she and her daughter would no longer come in second to his job. Frank , in an aside, states she finally wised up and divorced him in a sardonic acknowledgement of his mistakes. Divorced by job, I wonder if that will one day become a category on divorce paperwork.
His daughter knows her dad has an important job and accepts she can't always count on him. However, when his sister calls him telling him he has to come home on his first hard won weekend, it is with regret and shame he returns an angry and disappointed Holly to her mother. He hasn't been home, Faithful Place, in years. Jackie is the only sister he speaks to. He refused to go until he heard that they found Rosie Daly's suitcase. Rosie Daly, his first love who left him to pursue her dreams in England. They were supposed to go together and get married, but instead of finding Rosie at their meeting place he found a letter saying she was leaving without him. Now that her suitcase was found in a condemned house chimney he's questioning if his history of events is accurate. Everyone is jumping to conclusions. Frank waits for confirmation, but Rosie was murdered.
Frank, who is very comfortable working in the grey, steps on the Murder Squads toes. He, himself, is technically a suspect, and despite the good faith it would earn him to play nice in the sandbox, he circumvents them and does his own investigation. No one in Faithful Place will talk to the Murder Squad but they might talk to one of their prodigal sons returned home. Frank's department head tacitly allows him to go off book in the guise of vacation time and people on the inside agree to help him, much to the annoyance of the Murder Squads lead, Scorcher. Bridges will be burned!
I love this book. It's an instant favorite. If you like audible books, Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fabulous narration. He provided an Irish accent I could not have created in my head, and his character differentiation was superb. His narration matches Tana French's material and enhanced the experience for me. As a person who rereads books, I will always choose to listen to 'Faithful Place." I was sad to learn he didn't narrate 'Into the Woods." 'Faithful Place' is a book I insist you pick up if you enjoy mysteries, cop drama, Ireland, and the seedy underbelly. Yes, it really is that good.
Tana French just keeps getting better! Each book I've read has left me thinking the next might disappoint...no way. What a gift she has and I personally can hardly wait to pre-order her next book due out in September.
My favorite character was Frank (Frances) Mackey. With his Irish sense of humor...and his cynical, sometimes angry, Irish temper...he is a winner and I wish he could be in each and every book. But FAITHFUL PLACE puts him in the spotlight and yet get to know him intimately and you just fall in love with him.
It certainly made me laugh...hold my breath in spots...not quite made me cry but came close. I often gasped out loud, much to my favily's puzzlement!
I cannot write a review without throwing roses at the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds. He IS Frank Mackey! This is one of the most outstanding narrations I have yet to read and I am going to check out his other offerings and I do truly wish that he could narrate all of Tana French's books. Outstanding job, Mr. Reynolds!
Raw, real, and Reeling
Tim Gerard Reynolds brings several layers of vocal performance to bring the characters to life
If I had the time I would indeed have listened to this story in one sitting. Great Read.
I don't know why I could never get interested in the characters. The performance is wonderful, the dialogue is realistic. Perhaps it's because the personalities are dreary in the extreme. I found my mind wandering while I listened and I never became curious about who the murderer was.
Perhaps. It would need a great Director and cinematographer to breathe life into it.
I really enjoyed the story and the character development - was intriguing and well done.
Nobody that listened to Broken Harbor could like this boo.
From this author
It could be cut to 2 hours
I can't believe how superficial this was. After listening to Broken Harbor, I couldn't wait to get another book by Tana French. Never again.
This is the first book I've listened to rather than read. On the whole, I liked the experience. The thing I liked best is that Tim Gerard Reynolds did a great job of narrating. Although at first it felt like I was cheating and not really reading the book, his dramatization of the dialog added to my appreciation and enjoyment. I think I retained at least as much of the text by absorbing it through the ears as I would have absorbed through the eyes. I also like the fact that I can "read" while doing other things like working out at the gym or doing chores around the house. What I didn't like so much is that it's hard to look back in the book for a scene or character. You can't highlight a passage or make notes. Also there's no search function.
As for the book itself... I like Tana French's writing, although I found the pace of this book to be a trifle slow. For a mystery, it is really character-driven and the characters are vividly realized. The relationships between them are interesting, believable, and nuanced. Set on a working class street in Dublin, the author provides an opportunity to peak into a community and culture that I know little about. No matter how dysfunctional, each person in this book had some aspect of their life for which I could feel sympathy. That's quite an achievement.
The love story is appealing, and the mystery is captivating, but the story itself and the dialogue between the characters is never ending. I listened to all of it, but don't see myself recommending this book to anyone. Long after you find out the "who done it" details, the story drones on.
The details that don't add anything to the story. The constant focus on dysfunction in the family and the inability for the main character to move on.
Just the right accent.
Save your credits.