The story was interesting and kept me reading, but the characters where so unlikeable! Such a hateful family. The main character was probably the worst human being of all and I struggled to care about any of them. I suffered through to the end just to get all of my questions answered, but wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
I agree with alot of the praise for this book...wonderful language, dialogue, good characters and narration. I enjoyed this book for the most part because of hope that at some point there would be some emotional satisfaction in the storyline.....but there was none. As many reviewers have mentioned, the main character is not someone you like and particularly towards the end I was completely turned off by his behaviors and his lack of compassion for his family and the secrets behind their dysfunctions. I was more sympathetic towards his family than I was for him. It's not that I am demanding a perfect protagonist, but emotionally I was too in conflict with him to find any satisfaction in the story's outcome. I finished the book with a sour feeling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was impressed by the Reynolds narration.
Yes it did.
He did a good job on this.
I am not sure. I found Frank to be the type cop easy to hate or at least really dislike. In the end I did not want his brother to suffer from prison etc. In fact, the end made me feel bad because of Frank's self-pity over losing Rose and how much he did not deserve that.
Accidents do happen and Shea did not plan to kill Rose even though Frank really wanted to think so.
I suppose I was looking for a happpy ending and was not going to happen.
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If you want to listen to a Tana French book I think this is the better book . I found it somewhat predictable but I defiantly enjoyed the narrator. I have to say that I think it is just more of the same thing if you listen to more then one Tana French book. I listened to the entire book but could not wait for it to be over. I liked" Faithful Place" slightly more then" In the Woods"
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.