New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return. Years later, though, Rosie’s suitcase is found in an abandoned house, and Frank, now a detective, returns to his old neighborhood to learn the truth of that long-ago night.
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"French’s writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet." (Booklist)
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone that has a close family. Throughout this book I kept thinking, how could you just leave your family for 20 years. I found this extremely depressing and the story line was too predictable for me!
I loved it!
How children bring us to important moments in our life. (I won't say more, so not to spoil it.)
The fabulous accent, and a real sense of being in Ireland.
Yeah, but again, I won't spoil it.
Terrific mystery, well written, with wonderful, true-to-life characters and realism. I must read for those who like mysteries.
For what ever reason I didn't listen to this book for 3-4 months after I downloaded it. That was a mistake. This is a great listen. I wanted to listen to this book every waking hour after I started it.
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.
I love books!
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.
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