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 guessed the murderer very early on, and stuck to my hunch despite later allusions to the contrary. It seemed painfully obvious. Still, it was entertaining.
I enjoyed the author's other novel, The Likeness, but this one was not nearly as appealing. Perhaps it was because I did not find the characters very sympathetic, nor the story line realistic. The suspense just wasn't there. Rather than wanting to continue listening to find out what happens next, I just wanted to get it over with.
I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All I can say about this one is that I was glad to be finished with it. The characters were totally unlikeable, the story line became clear a few hours into the book and the ending was blah. Not the worst book I've listened to but close.
Tana French is one of our great new writers. Although her novels are mysteries, they are also very good fiction in their character development (you actually get to know and care about her people), their intricate and unusual plots, and their capture of real neighborhoods and real police politics. These are the type of books you hate to put down and are really sorry to see the end of. Read all three, and then you will be impatient for the next one to come out, as am I!
I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was that it was in audiobook format and I fell in love with the narrator's Irish accent. A narrator can make or break an audiobook, and Tim Gerard Reynolds made this book for me. However, the credit also goes to the author. The story was well written with descriptions that made you feel that you were right there.
The story is the third book in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, and is independent of the previous two books. I was grateful for that since I picked up the book unaware that it was in a series.
Frank was raised in the working class area of Faithful Place in Dublin. In the 1980's he and his girlfriend were going to run away to London, find jobs, and marry. She never showed at the meeting place. Frank, thinking she had dumped him, left Dublin on his own. Twenty-two years later, her suitcase was found and it became apparent that she never left Faithful Place. Frank had become an undercover policeman and set about to learn what happened to his lost love. He returned to his childhood home, stirring up old ghosts in the process.
Tana French brought the characters of Faithful Place to vivid life. The raw emotions radiated throughout the book. I felt like I was right there and a member of the family, not just an observer. Many reviewers stated that they had figured out early in the book who was the killer. I did as well, but I didn't see the story so much as a "who-done-it" as an exploration of how people deal with their life circumstances and the motives for their actions. Can a person rise above their upbringing?
At first, I thought the conclusion was drawn out and that it could have easily been ended when the perpetrator was arrested. But it was in the final pages that the question, "Can you ever go home?" was raised. The ending was necessary in that it defined the code of honour of Faithful Place.
I will read Tana French's first two books, and eagerly await the next installment.
I always listen to unabridged novels, but I could have done the abridged version of this. I pretty much knew the outcome by the first 3 chapters. I love Tana French but this wa a little disappointing.
French is a gorgeous writer, which usually makes up for her plots usually falling short. However this one disappointed a bit on the intrigue and it was pretty obvious who done it before the first third of the book was out. Unless you're a die-hard fan, you can skip this one.
This book did not have any of the characters from the Murder Squad that I was hoping to meet again from her prior books. I knew who the murderer was very early in the book. I was very disappointed about the lack of suspense or real resolution at the end. This was mainly a family drama with a shortage of action. The best part was the narrator's voice. What a wonderful accent!
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