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Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad ( In the Woods: A Novel , The Likeness ) is simply brilliant. French is a talented writer whose style is more akin to literature than to mystery thrillers, her series utterly unlike anything I've read in the genre before: each book is told from the perspective of a different protagonist - an ancillary character in previous books. (I accidentally read the 5th book in the series first,  The Secret Place: A Novel , which is told from the perspectives of - and includes broad references to - _the Faithful Place_. While its not crucial you read them in order, the continuity and relationships make a lot more sense if you do.)

_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.
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