Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Large Print - 2010 | Large print edition
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Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, living in a small flat with his family on Faithful Place in Dublin's inner city. He and Rosie Daly planned to run away to London, get married, and break away from poverty and their old lives. But the night they were leaving, Rosie didn't show. Frank assumed that she dumped him and never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Now, twenty-two years, later Rosie's suitcase shows up in a derelict house on Faithful Place.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, c2010
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410429742
1410429741
Branch Call Number: FRENCH
Characteristics: 679 pages (large print)
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In this engaging compelling story set in present-day Dublin

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Oct 28, 2018

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. Whe... Read More »


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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

I'm making my way through Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, and although I'm liking the books, it's clear that French's style is inconsistent. So after finishing the third (which I liked better than the second, in many ways), I can say with confidence that if you loved the atmospheric creep factor and unanswered possible-magical-realism mystery of In The Woods....you're not gonna get that with her other books (at least not so far). On the one hand, that's frustrating because I liked the style and pace of book one. On the other hand, these are still solid mysteries. Also, "Dublin Murder Squad" is a misnomer- they're all about solving murders, but only the first book involves a detective *on* the Dublin Murder Squad. Books 2 and 3 involve detectives in Undercover. So that's my PSA.

One of my favorite things about this book was Frank's turns of phrase. I don't know if this is classic Irish wit and language, or he's meant to be snappy (for the reader- the other characters certainly don't notice or comment on it), but some of his phrases made me laugh out loud. Also, for all that I mistrusted him while reading The Likeness, I do like him as a main character. And I hope young Stephen is the MC of the next book.

Without giving too much away, this story centers on a very personal cold case, and the story is as much about how family shapes (and breaks) you as it is about solving a murder. Most of it is fairly heartbreaking, for someone who had a great childhood and a loving family. It also feels very realistic (not to Ireland specifically, but to those areas of high poverty and misery rate, with attitudes that 'getting out' makes you a lesser person).

The mystery itself is a bit twisty for the first half of the story, but then it holds the same direction. Again, at that point it's mostly the story of Frank, more so than solving the murder. The end if a bit....mellow? lackluster? It holds no punch, it isn't a cliffhanger (none of hers are, really), and it leaves us well able to walk away from Frank, the mystery, and all.

To be honest, I'm considering setting it aside, the reading of this series. Without an overarching mystery, or an investment in the recurring characters (because there basically are none), I find myself wondering why I should grab the next one. Maybe in the winter they'll feel like a better choice, when I gravitate toward more introspective and contemplative stories.

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CabiriCat
Jan 08, 2019

An Irish detective finds himself pulled back into his old working class neighbourhood when his teenage sweetheart turns up dead...20 years later.
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This is the second book I read by Tana French, and I'm glad I did--because I regret to say the first one bored me to tears. (The Trespasser) Faithful Place was an excellent read... intriguing plot, gritty and occasionally a little wry humour.

I like British/Irish crime novels with good characters & a good story. This one reflects the societal & economic struggles of a down-trodden Dublin neighbourhood over time. The story slowly peals back the layers and jumps between the present & the 1980s past. "Whodunnit" wasn't obvious to me...there's a lot of unpleasant characters & a lack of apparent motives.

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)

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nlynskey
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.

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JLMason
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.

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LadyJaneBrais
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.

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BS2736
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.

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4catsdogs
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.

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pranum
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.

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