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 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.
If you suffer from insomnia, don't waste your money, credits or time! The author does a great job in developing the characters, fails to develop any plot. Ki finally gave as I just was not motivated to continue this book.
Tana French is an exceptional story teller and Tim Reynolds is the perfect iIrish reader. It was poetry dealing with the dark side of disfunctional Irish life wrapped in a terrific murder mystery.
I love this author, I can't wait for another in this series. The narrator is great, the story is amazingly complicated with family drama, murder, divorce, sibling rivalry, custody battle, secrets kept for 20 plus years. It's a great listen.
The main character, like most of the rest of his family (excluding one of his sisters), has so many flaws that you just want to cringe! But all in all a terrific book. I figured out "who done it" early on, but the depth of characterization kept my attention and I ended up just feeling compassion for everyone. Such a dysfunctional family! My, my! But oh what a listen!
It was supposed to be an intriguing mystery, but the plot was thin and what it really was was a limp glimpse at a disfunctional Irish family. I kept looking to see how close I was to finishing this one. Good reviews? But, not from me.
This is the kind of book that sticks with you for a few days. I had a little trouble sleeping the night I finished it because of ruminating about this book. The other book I read with that feeling was Sophie's Choice. I agree with others who have said this is not the typical mystery book. The narrator was top notch, and he really made the book come alive. This was a book that I sat in the driveway listening to after driving for 6 hours! I hope she continues to write more books, as she has a gift for character exploration and emotionality with the ring of truth.
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