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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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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 01-07-11
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 01-07-11
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    ""you will thank me later""

    I figured out who the muderer was within hours and so will you. The whole time you will be waiting for the "twist" because there has got to be more - right? Wrong! But hey, if they ever think about bringing back that show "MONK" (loved watching it with my grandpa) then this book is perfect for a made-for-TV episode. Easy to edit down AND the TV audience will feel extra smart for being able to solve the mystery. Grandpa says a MONK mystery will never let you down.... just sayin.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 04-07-11
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth the credit!"

    Once you get into listening, the combo of French and Reynolds draws you into the lives of some very interesting characters and their personal and family dynamics. Although the ending was waa waa... it still was worth the credit and the time. Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn New York, New York United States 01-08-11
    Lynn New York, New York United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Tededious going"

    I was disappointed. First, I thought the author, Tana, was a women and the novel would have a more female perspective. Wrong on both counts. I found the entire story very slow going and fast forwarded through about 5 hours of the book. But, there was enough intrigue that I didn't abandon it so that rates at least 2 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-10
    Helen Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not enjoy and would no recommend!"

    I did not enjoy this book and agreed with the early reviewers opinions. I found there was far too much talking about nothing , -and which did nothing to move the story along.It seemed like filler. I agree the author sets the place well, but move on with the story already!! I also did not care about the main character, found him to be too cynical -and the swearing and bad language to be a bit excessive. after 4 hours i gave it a pass, -BORING!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 07-20-10
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 07-20-10
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    "New cast"

    Will Cassie dump Sam and go back to Rob, will Rob regain a murder squad? Never mind we find out only about Cassie's last boss, Frank, growing up in a poor part of town and dealing with a disfunctional family. Oh yes, there is a murder to solve but this takes a back seat to Frank's relationships with everybody, his daughter, his ex wife, his Mother and Father his brothers and sisters his former neighbors while growing up and his first girl friend. This is not what I had expected after the first two books nor is it what I had hoped for.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    carina OREGON CITY, OR, United States 12-18-10
    carina OREGON CITY, OR, United States 12-18-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Downer story"

    CAUTION: If you were raised in an alcoholic/abusive family, don't choose this book.
    This was a very depressing story about an extremely "disfunctional" family. No need to be reminded of your past.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jack annapolis, MD, United States 11-14-10
    jack annapolis, MD, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "For the ages"

    Faithful place is part of a trilogy by Tana French- In the woods, The likeness and Faithful place. A comparable trilogy would be the Stieg Larsson trilogy. However, Tana French's trilogy is more uneven, and inventive. And then there is the language! It is written in an Irish idiom like Yeats and Synge, but soars to heights which take your breath away, and makes you want to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. All three books deal with the Dublin undercover and murder squads. In all three books the characters are haunted by and live in the distant past. But Faithful place soars to heights rarely ever seen except perhaps in The Magic Mountain. The plot concerns detective Frank Mackey and the disapearance of his true love Rosie Daly as they prepared to elope 22 years ago when they were nineteen. During the investigation his brother Kevin is also murdered and he tries to cope with and solve the murders of his beloved and brother. A great deal of the book lives in the past. Did I mention the language? Sheer poetry. Read this book again and again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Estro_generation Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-16-10
    Estro_generation Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Bored out of my head"

    Tana French is a serious favorite of mine, so I will allow her this one miss. Aside from the insufferable narrator, this is an okay book with a too many melodramatic moments. I felt nothing for the main character at all. In fact, the prologue was as close as i got to liking him. French does an excellent job depicting the neighborhood and a people that are all a bit too stuck in the past, but the mystery just didn't grab me. I didn't care, and I think that had a lot to do with my distaste for the MC who I felt was a bit too removed to throw an arm over and call your friend. When he did show emotion at key points, it wasn't believable or gripping. The whole thing was such a turn off that I threw in the towel halfway through ( something I never do). This is a pass for me. Maybe I should have just read the book sans annoyingly accented actor. Le sigh.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 07-21-10
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 07-21-10 Member Since 2004
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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"

    This is a real snooze. I listened to "In the Woods" and found it interesting. However, this is booorrrring. I like a little excitement with my mystery; this has nothing but blah, blah, blah.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 09-05-10
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointed"

    I have never read Tana French before and probably will never again. It was impossible to like the main characters - in fact, most of the characters were broken awful people. Frances was cynical, conniving and bitter, besides being at fault in his brother's death - impossible to care about. The filthy language was a real turn off. A very depressing book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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