Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Book - 2010
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The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010.
ISBN: 9780670021871
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 24 cm.


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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.

Sep 11, 2014

#3 in series

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