Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Book - 2010
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The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010.
ISBN: 9780670021871
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 24 cm.


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Audiobook on cd, read by Gerard Reynolds: In this engaging compelling story set in present-day Dublin, Frank Mackey is a divorced police officer with a daughter. When he was 19 and living at home, he made plans with girlfriend Rosie to get out of Ireland and start a life together in England. When Rosie doesn’t show up at their secret meeting place, Frank assumes that she has left without him and he decides to run away on his own. He doesn’t make contact with his family again until he hears that a suitcase has been found walled up in the house where he and Rosie were going to meet. He goes back to find out what happened on the night that his life changed forever. This is a wonderful story brought to life by listening to it. While it is not uplifting, I was left with a sense of hope for Frank. (submitted by LL)

Aug 02, 2018

Love this book. What is fascinating is that even as you might well guess who might be the killer, the motives and the characters still take me by surprise.

Mar 11, 2018

I admire the quality of the writing in her unflinching portrayal of a dysfunctional, unhappy, working class family in Dublin. The author also has a gift for rendering realistic dialogue and capturing accents. But the depressing story drags on too long, the characters are all unlikeable, and the likely killer is fairly obvious. Unpleasant with little satisfaction.

Jul 23, 2017

This is my 4th book by this author. Her stories are unique and compelling, set in Dublin, Ireland and featuring the Murder Squad (homicide) and the Undercover Squad. I never quite know what to expect from her stories, they are all somewhat different and unpredictable. I truly enjoyed this book.

TSCPL_Miranda Jun 25, 2017

Gripping from the start, and hard to put down. The main character is complicated--admirable in some ways and irritating in others (like a lot of humans I know). The conclusion was satisfying and uplifting, and I immediately put another book by this author on hold.

Jun 23, 2016

Surely in Ireland children were/are taken away from such dysfunctional families and yes even foster care works! I'm willing to recognize that there are far too many parents who don't want anything near the best for their children but how she portrays individual parents makes no sense to me. She ought to write novels about psychopaths and how they were raised.

Nov 01, 2015

I read about a quarter of the book, by which time it was obvious who did it; and then the last two chapters. It was very slow and tedious. All of the males were nasty. The main character spoke a lot of flippant, smart-alec type dialogue in the manner of the worst American cop novels of decades ago. there was a lot of swearing, - necessary for the tough cop image I suppose - ho hum. Very disappointed in Tana French.

Jul 13, 2015

Slow paced and I was able to skip 200 pages and still retain the flow of the story and enjoy the ending. Hope her later books are of more interest to me.

Dec 10, 2014

When murdered coveted love hits "Undercover" at home, he takes you through loss of love and life like he invented the feeling. If you think there's too much grit, keep reading. It's that place in himself he's faithful to.

Oct 23, 2014

The narrative of the book is mostly built on dialogues. But through them you'll find explanation of everything that happens.As for the mystery - there are no surprises. Not a mystery at all.

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