A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.
Faithful Place by Tana French is long on cultural conventions and traditions but short on mystery. That was okay because the ways and language of the people of Dublin was intriguing -- in many ways reminding me of my own teenage years. Poverty bites and French faithfully captures its sting. Escaping poverty is tricky, as Frank Mackey demonstrates. Something always happens to thrust one back into the place from which he is frantically trying to escape. Narrator Tim Reynolds was fabulous. He was able to personify the characters: their heritage, education, temperaments, and motives. This was a good read -- somewhat different, but in a good way.
I will definitely be ordering Tana French's other titles. Loved the storyline which kept me guessing. Loved the detail with which the author presented each character. Found myself having a hard time to stop listening on several occasions. The narrator did a great job! Love that Irish accent :)
I read a lot but am a pretty naive reader--I'm happy to be drawn along by a good story. This is a good story in many ways--interesting characters, true to life world, etc. But the perpetrator of the crime is pretty obvious. And the story gets a bit too slow around some of the 'family' parts. The book wants to be both a drama about people and their rather messy lives as well as a mystery. Sometimes it seems to not know which pace to adopt. But the narration is great and for the most part it is a good listen. Just put your brain on vacation.
I think there is sometimes a thin line between great literature and fine detective fiction. Tana French crosses this line. Her characters are finely and deeply drawn and the life they share is far more than a stage set for murder. In fact, the murder is so deeply rooted in the lives and personalities of the characters it serves as an entrance into their complex and difficult world. In other words, this book is not about solving a murder (even though it is) it is about searching for an understanding of love, family, fate and how it happens that one person comes to kill another.
There are so many, most of them explosive interactions between the characters. I think my favorite scenes are the flashbacks to the protagonist undercover cop and the murdered girl he loved.
It's funny that this question surprises me. The narration is so closely associated in my mind with the story, the connection is seamless. In other words, it's hard to imagine the story in any other way than that evoked by Mr. Reynolds.
Faithful Place. Where love brings death home to meet the family.
I've already downloaded In the Woods. Let me know when you have another.
Tell us about yourself! Love listening to books in the bathtub and in the bed before I go to sleep, love James Burke, and John Grishman
The narrater accent was hard to understand sometimes , got confusing , lost interest
Put it down several times
No way to long
Great story and made even better due to wonderful narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds. Highly recommend.
I rarely guess the culprit, though I'm a huge murder mystery fan. (I read Maj Sowall and Per Wahloo before Scandinavians were cool. So to speak.) I was less than 15% into Faithful Place before I guessed who did it, advanced to the end, and confirmed my guess. But the narrator was terrific. A good Irish accent for American ears.
This murder mystery captures the heart of the Irish people and challenged my own simple notions about crime and punishment.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I'm only 1/2 way through, and I really like this book a lot. I'm trying to figure out what I like so much about Tana French, and I think it's that she is SO GOOD at portraying strong emotions in a character and also eliciting strong emotions in her readers - me! In this book Frank Mackey asks the question, "What would you die for?" I love the way he then expresses his love for Rosie that has carried through the years since he saw her. Then there is the nostalgia of childhood, family, and neighborhood that she is doing an excellent job of describing. It was similar in the other books by her. She portrayed the strong bonds between the group of friends in The Likeness in the same strong way, and it was really moving. So, I'm looking forward to the second half.
Frankly I was disappointed in the quality of this story. I found the central character unlikable and unreliable and the mystery quite thin - it was pretty obvious fairly early on 'who done it'. And I was bothered at how the main character over and over castigated his family, telling us what horrible people they were, of course he would be shut of them. Not only is the portrait that emerges far more nuanced but, excepting the father and the oldest brother, they prove sympathetic, and the three other siblings very decent. The disconnect does not seem intentional to advance the story in an interesting way, just poor story telling.
The writer provides some nice description and atmosphere and the narrator is strong.