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Faithful Place

A Novel
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (805 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From Tana French, "the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (The Washington Post), the best-seller called "the most stunning of her books" (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award. Don't miss her newest, The Trespasser, now available.

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.

©2011 Tana French (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Tana French’s mysteries are like big old trees: the deeper their roots, the more luxurious the foliage they wave in your face.” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it’s only growing more miraculous with every book.” (Laura Miller, Salon.com) 

“Irish writer Tana French hit the big time with her stunning cop-drama debut, 'In the Woods,' and followed it with an equally brilliant book, 'The Likeness.' Both demonstrated French’s gift for merging the best traits of the crime genre with the compassionate insights and nimble prose associated with 'serious' literature. A third dazzler, 'Faithful Place,' puts Detective Frank Mackey, a supporting actor from 'The Likeness,' front and center.” (The Seattle Times)    

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What a life

This is a Dickens family, So ugly you cant stop reading. The mystery is as usual in French's books a really good tough one. It is the setting that rules in this one though. A truly terrific writer.

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Favorite

This is my favorite Tana French novel yet! It's more character and family driven than police procedure driven! I hardly ever give a book 5 stars, but this one is worthy!

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Fantastic

Tans French is a first class author and this story does not disappoint. It’s a pleasure listening to quality literature performed marvelously well by a guy with an Irish accent that thrills. Enjoy this one.

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MIND BLOWING

Tana French is an unbelievably gifted writer. The best I've ever read. I read alot!

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Excellent story; decent narration

It’s sad not to get updates on the characters we got to know in the first two books, but Frank Mackey makes for a compelling character and Tana French remains my new favorite author. I thought the narrator was only okay. His voice is nice and good for Frank, but several of the characters sound kind of the same. It could get confusing at points. Still highly recommend this recording.

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French does it again.

So I read Trespasser first, then the Secret Place, and now Faithful Place. So weird going backwards with the Mackies and Moran.. Putting that aside while the ultimate reveal on who the murderer is not Earth Shattering that's not the point. the writing, the characters, the emotional context and heart break are just perfect. The Mackies are messed up and now I get why. watching Mackie bounce off his family his neighborhood and the squad is priceless.. waiting for Holly Mackie to join the force..

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Best so far...

... of the Dublin Murder Squad series, in my opinion. Although, in truth, this had very little to do with the squad. I like how French introduces a supporting character in one book, then makes them the focus of the next. I didn't care that much for Frank Mackey in the previous book, but he won me over in this one. I think a lot of it had to do with the narration, which was superb. French is a terrific writer, better, I think, with character and a sense of place than she is with plotting. The mystery was not that hard to figure out - I did so half way through. But the reveal brought me no joy - it was incredibly sad. I couldn't get it out of my head for days. This is more a portrait of a dysfunctional family than anything else, but well done. Or as Mackey would say, "fair play to you."

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Perfect Marriage

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It is rare to find a book in which the exquisiteness of language is equal to the fineness of the plot line and the development of sensitively wrought characters. When these come together, it is a sparkling surprise and a joy to this reader. Tana French has done it in Faithful Place. However, the wrong narrator is often the ruination of that delicate balance; Tim Gerard Reynolds is the singular storyteller making this book into that rarest of all birds: the perfect marriage.

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predictable

unfortunately, the murder mystery was predictable from the beginning. I knew the end pretty soon after I started listening to this. The reader did a wonderful job, but the story is predictable, which made it difficult to finish. not a terrible read, but I wasn't necessarily excited to jump back into the book.

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Intense storyline

Well written story of a broken, disfunctional family and how our past truly can catch up with us.