Faithful Place: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 1 minute|
|Narrator||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 13, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#6,014 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#37 in Mystery Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#108 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
#155 in Police Procedural Mysteries
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_The Faithful Place_ is told from the perspective of Frank Mackey, the handler of Cassandra Maddox in _The Likeness_. Mackey's impoverished childhood is detailed, as well as the disappearance of his first love, Rosie when was 19. What happened to Rosie Daly, and how it affected his childhood neighborhood (the Faithful Place) is plot of the story. As with the other Dublin Murder Squad thrillers, it is tragic, powerful and brilliantly written. While I was able to discern the details of the investigation mid-way through the book (which typically warrants four-stars), the motive was elusive - but most important was the way French writes.
Beyond the style of her series (each story from another perspective of a different character), each protagonist has a different voice, view of the world and inter-relationship with each other. Being able to see and interact with familiar characters through the eyes of another is no easy feat, but French does so as easily as a talented actor switches roles. The back-stories and personal histories further breathe life into her characters, the red-herrings, false leads and outfight lies and half-truths of suspects makes for engaging and fun reading.
For readers unfamiliar with the writer, I enthusiastically recommend her to you. For those who have read the previous books, you are in for a real treat.
The characters are well drawn and, as the plot develops, each character lays out the parts that allows the mystery to coalesce and be solved. It turns out that those recently discovered bones were once those of Rosie Daly, a local girl with big dreams who disappeared over twenty years ago and was never again never heard from. At the time, she had been in love l with a neighborhood boy by the name of Francis Mackey, who is now an undercover official certainly with the Irish guards. He is determined to find out what happened all those years ago to Rosie, who was the love of his life, and, perhaps, vanquish the ghosts that have haunted him ever since.
Beautifully written, those who enjoy mysteries will get much enjoyment from his book. It is both entertaining and gratifying on many levels. I certainly look forward to reading other books by this author.
I have now completed three Tana French novels this year. I wish I had an infinite supply of novels by this author to look forward to. I do believe she has become the best writer I follow. She has it all. She creates a powerful sense of place and ambience, her character development is second to none, and the stories she weaves are brilliantly poignant.
As a testimony to her phenomenalness (new word just for Tana), look how she picks her protagonists. She seems to pick a relatively unlikeable character from her previous book to be the narrator and central character of her next. With most authors, I would think that would backfire, especially with readers like me who require a bond with the lead cast member to enjoy a book. But I have such faith in Tana French that I am willing to go down her road. I did not like Frank Mackey in The Likeness. Not one bit. But there was no way I could abandon Tana, so I took a deep breath and went with it. Though Frank is still not my favorite character of all time, I now respect him and care enough for him to say I’m going to miss him. I feel I really know him and understand him after reading Faithful Place.
I knocked a half star off my rating as it took a while for me to engage in Frank’s story, expressly because I wasn’t his fan. I soon came over to his side and at that point went all in on the story. And what a story it is. So many themes, nearly all revolving around family. Desperation, fear, regret, ectasy, agony, love and hate. The what ifs, the coulda beens, the now whats.
The last 30% of the book is a glorious treasure trove of info dumping and character development. What a powerful combination in my eyes. Talk about being in the zone with a book. I didn’t want it to end.
So book #4 is featuring a character from Faithful Place who I don’t care one wit about. But I can’t wait to read it. Tana French is that good.
If you have not read Tana French, you are tragically missing out. I rounded my star rating to 5 stars as this book is so not a 4-star read. Of note, this particular installment can easily be read as a standalone. I don’t say that lightly as I am a strict read-in-order type of gal. But this book has absolutely nothing to do with Frank’s last case (The Likeness), which by the way could be my favorite book of all time. So no good reason to skip it. But if you want to read The Likeness, make sure you do read In the Woods first. Whatever you do, give this series a try.
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First, I worked out who was the killer almost as soon as they were introduced as a character. It didn't spoil the book, but it just made me hyper aware of them in each scene. Which in turn reinforced my impression.
Second, and this is a deeper point about Tana's writing style. The three Dublin Murder Squad books so far have all been from a different point of view character, but Tana French's narrative style - her prose and descriptions - don't vary much from character to character. Now, don't get me wrong I LIKE her style, but I find it hard to suspend my disbelief the three very different characters (Young man sent to boarding school in England, ballsy woman, older guy from the Liberties) would all three of them undertake soliloquies on the nature of summer light or the fragile quality of a snowflake - for example. After three books, it is easy to spot the places where the author is on the page as opposed to the characters themselves. Which is a shame, because she does draw excellent characters.
I will definitely be continuing with this series and would recommend it to those who enjoy crime thrillers that have bucketfuls of character depth. Note, you do not have to have read he previous two books to read this one, they can be read as standalone.
I loved Faithful Place just as much as I loved the first 2 novels in the series. Yet again it is written in the first person and Tana develops her brand. Although each book is written from the point of view of a different detective each time, you still get the same strong feeling that you are part of the scene and are in the loop.
Yet again this book can be read as a stand-alone. The accent this time is on family life. Although the 2 murders are solved, it is not by regular police work but by Frank working friends and family. I particularly liked the dialogue running through this novel. It is written with a strong Dublin accent and Frank’s mother is the big surprise. Simply put, every time I read her spoken words, all I could think of was Brendan O’Carroll acting the role of Agnes Brown in the extremely popular BBC sitcom Mrs. Brown’s Boys.
Faithful Place moves away from regular murder and police thrillers. This is centered around the dynamics of family life and the meaning of home. There was plenty of back story and Frank’s character was fully developed. Although the tale runs back and forth with Frank’s teenage years 22 years ago, it was told skillfully and this time shifting did not annoy me, it simply added depth to this novel. I really enjoyed reading this book and it gets the top score of 5 stars from me.
These are not rapid page turner detactive stories, there is excellent characterisation, and I like to read them more slowly, to give time to refelct and ponder over what's going on. And they are flawed people, real people, which makes their stories all the more interesting.
You certainly could read these on the beach or the aeroplane, but read them now, before the summer blockbusters take over!