Faithful Place

Hardcover | August 25, 2010

byTana French

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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.

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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 und...

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin and has worked mainly in theatre. Her first novel,In the Woods, won the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards for Best First Novel and the Clarion Award for Best Fiction and was aSunday Timesbestseller.In the Woods...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 25, 2010Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0340977604

ISBN - 13:9780340977606

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, although my least favourite Murder Squad novel Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about Faithful Place and I think it's well worth a read. The fact that it's my least favourite of the series is probably based on personal taste. Nonetheless the novel still manages to instil an atmosphere of doubt and turmoil that is elevated even higher in French's next novels, particularly The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Faithful Place is well worth a read, especially as it offers insight into one of French's most compelling characters.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Wow! This was the third installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series and I have to say that each one is better than the last. I really enjoyed reading about Frank and Rosie. This book tugs at your heart strings though. Reader beware, there will be tears. Of course, it wouldn't be a mystery/thriller without some kind of murder, and this book has that. The difference is that Frank is personally involved in this and can't investigate it himself so he has to leave it to others, sort of. I really like Frank and enjoyed reading about him in The Likeness and I'm so glad the author devoted a whole book to him. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Boring Melodrama Book3, in the Dublin Murder Squad series This third installment is an elaborately twisted saga of class resentments, family burdens, regret and passion. The story alternates between 1980’s Ireland and the present day and is told in the wry, bitter and plain voice of Dublin police detective Frank Mackey as he describes the people and the depressed neighborhood he was raised in. “Faithful Place” is a journey, a psychological escape into the intense feelings of the protagonist’s youth and the constant undermining of his self-esteem by his family. At an early age Frank planned to flee his small Irish hometown with his sweetheart Rosie, however she never turned up at the agreed rendezvous point. With his mind made up he left without her, he assumed she had cold feet or her parents had gotten wind and prevented her from following him. We fast-forward twenty years to when Frank learns Rosie’s decayed body has been discovered under mysterious conditions. Determined to get to the root the situation, Frank heads home and quickly becomes involved in the case. The bulk of the novel, beyond the question of who killed Rosie, revolves around the Mackey family and their complex relationships. This novel is a long 400 pages, the melodramatic story of the families is over worked and blends poorly with the plotting of the mystery. “Faithful Place” is one of those books you love or hate, I am leaning towards the latter. Looking back I found the drama uneventful and unconvincing and this overshadowed all of the good points the novel possessed. I enjoyed the first installment of this series; however I have been somewhat disappointed ever since.
Date published: 2012-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, loved. loved this read. Takes you into the heart of the Irish working family. Real characters that are flawed and not always likeable. The mystery was really secondary to the story but I fell in love with it's tragedy and pathos. I picked this book up by fluke at the airport (I love British mysteries) and can't wait to read others by Ms. French.
Date published: 2012-06-06

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