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Faithful Place: A Novel | [Tana French]

Faithful Place: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Tana French (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"French’s writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet." (Booklist)

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    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 10-16-10
    Megan Northbrook, IL, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Well written, well narrated"

    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!

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    Doris Sunburg, MN, United States 10-07-10
    Doris Sunburg, MN, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Okay story but horrible ending"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 10-04-10
    Cheryl Bartlett, TN, United States 10-04-10
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    "Exceptional"

    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.

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    Karen United States 10-03-10
    Karen United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A great book!"

    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!

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    Barbara St. Petersburg, FL, United States 09-26-10
    Barbara St. Petersburg, FL, United States 09-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating"

    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.

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    Linda Austin, TX, United States 09-23-10
    Linda Austin, TX, United States 09-23-10
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    "Tana French - one of the best authors around"

    I love this author. She can develop a plot better than any writer I know. I cannot put her books down. Each one is very different from the last. I wish she would write them fasterf!!!

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    Beverly Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-29-10
    Beverly Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-29-10
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    "Excellent narrator, but a not so good story!!!"

    If it hadn't been for the narrator, I would have given up on this book earlier. The story was not good. The little blurb stating the basis of the story sounded really good, but not so. What a fraud.

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    Katherine Duluth, MN, United States 08-13-10
    Katherine Duluth, MN, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2009

    Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.

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    "Loved the Narrator"

    Initially I was really enjoying the story and had no problem finishing it but unfortunately I began to rather dislike the main character. This was a distraction for me as I dont think this was the intent of the author. I would be interested to know if other readers found this character, Francis, to be obnoxious, self righteous and self absorbed to the point of not caring what happened to him and his family! I really loved listening to the narrator. I thought he was fabulous.

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    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-25-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-25-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Not your average mystery"

    Ms. French strikes again with an amazing pen that takes an almost simple mystery and writes a story with so much depth and width that it is hard to hold on to it. Another reviewer mentioned that the story actually consumed them and that is the closest I can come to defining the experience of this novel.

    I will listen to this again almost immediately because I feel like I need to. The depth of the story is such that some of it just raced past and while my attention was totally focused. I know I missed subtle things that were slipped in to it.

    Mr. Reynolds brings the whole thing to life with his character and accents.

    Don't miss this one.

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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 08-28-10
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 08-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Depends on what you are looking for"

    If you want a mystery, this is not the book you want. The overall plot is dreadfully predictable, but the many sub-plots and the development of the relationships between the characters is superb. Want a book about relationships then this book is for you. One thing I couldn't get over was knowing that the author was a woman but the narrator was a man. It just didn't work for me. Too many times there were statements being attributed to Francis that an undercover cop just would not say. And the last couple of hours of the book are essentially unnecessary. Ordinarily, I really like Tana French's books, but this one falls short for me even though I can see how others may fancy it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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