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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  35,032 ratings  ·  4,132 reviews
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey 19 and Rosie Daly were going to run away to London. She didn't show but still vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase is behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place.

Frank reluctantly returns. Cops want the detective out of the way. Residents dislike all cops. Whatever it takes, Frank will get the job done.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Penguin Viking Adult (first published 2010)
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tana french and i have come a long way, baby...

and with this book, we are officially in love.

this is exactly the kind of book i was expecting from her. in the woods was great at the start and frustrating at the end, and the likeness was tons of fun for a staggeringly unbelievable premise. but really, really fun.

but this one is just great. i don't read a lot of mysteries, but when i read a good one, i get this glow of "ohhhhh - that's why people like these". and in this case, it isn't even that t
And just like that, after a 3-day reading binge of Faithful Place and Broken Harbour, Tana French joins my list of favorite authors.
There is no place like home... Well, Frank Mackey knows this phrase can have quite unexpected sinister undertones. After all, he spent 22 years away from the place he grew up and away from his family; and it's only a suitcase found in an abandoned house on his old street, Faithful Place, that can bring Frank back home - and open an old wound that has never he
Dan Schwent
When Frank Mackey was 19, he planned to run away to London with his sweetheart, only she never showed up. Everyone assumed she ran away on her own, including Frank. Decades later, when her suitcase turns up in the chimney of a building being renovated, Frank returns to his old neighborhood to confront the possibility that Rosie Daly never left at all...

What would you be willing to die for? That's the question Frank Mackey's father asks him in his youth that sets the tone for most of the book. An
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is a murder mystery. Yes, it really is. Too bad the mystery gets pushed aside to make way for repetitive domestic fiction. Frank Mackey's family is of the Irish Catholic poorer class. The men are alcoholic and violent. The women are typical of any abusive family---placating, cowering, and above all, keeping the family secrets like good little enablers. Nothing new there. A bit of a snore, actually.

French's writing is up to its usual standards with regard to form, style, and dialogue. The I
RH Walters
What French does best is ally you with her character's deepest wishes, and I was very involved emotionally in her other stories. When Rob in In The Woods desperately tried to solve the mystery of his own childhood the forest seemed to breathe back at him, and when Cassie in The Likeness fell in love with a utopian country house and its creators I understood her desire to stay and belong. Frank, on the other hand, is a swaggering divorced cop with an estranged family and lost first love, but what ...more
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It might be a strange thing to say about a murder mystery/psychological thriller, but Faithful Place is a very romantic book.

You see, Frank Mackey here investigates the disappearance of his first love who he for over 20 years thought dumped him and ran away to England. The whole narrative is laced with Frank's memories of Rosie and their teenage romance. I didn't quite expect it, but the story gave me goosebumps like only a very few teen novels about first love ever d
Dec 12, 2014 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love character mysteries
Shelves: mystery, male-lead, awards
An unexpected pleasure. While French is ostensibly writing murder mysteries, she is also writing thoughtful psychological profiles of a detective heavily involved in the case. In Faithful Place we dive into Undercover Detective Frank's history, following him as he is drawn back into drama from a home he left decades ago. A suitcase discovered in an abandoned house opens up a host of memories and leads to the discovery of a dead woman. He finds very little of his dysfunctional family has changed, ...more
5 Stars: Loved it

Tana French knocked her third book, Faithful Place, out of the park. It isn’t just any old whodunit sleuthing story, but a great, emotionally charged story about love, longing and dysfunctional families that definitely raises the bar in the mystery genre. Her voice is fresh and believable. The prologue completely sucked me in and I had to buy this book. I don’t normally read prologues; they often seem weird and confusing to me so I skim the first few sentences, head straight for
At this point, after reading Faithful Place I am pretty much an official Tana French fangirl and am afraid that all further reviews of her work will be reduced to inept gushing over how, like, totally awesome her novels are. These glowing reviews are also gonna include rants about people who dislike her books, how they are stupid fecking eejits who clearly aren’t reading these books the right way ;)

Seriously, though there are quite a few reviews of Faithful Place here on Goodreads which criticiz
James Thane
I enjoyed very much Tana French's first two novels, In the Woods and The Likeness, but I think that this book, her third, is by far her best work. It's another atmospheric character-driven story, featuring Frank Mackey, the Dublin police detective that French first introduced in The Likeness.

As a nineteen-year-old boy, Mackey was living in Faithful Place, one of Dublin's poorer neighborhoods, jammed into a tiny home with his brothers, sisters and ever-battling parents. It was a grim, depressing
Tim "The Enchanter"
My #2 favorite read for 2013

An Amazing 5 Stars from the Master of the Character Novel

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"You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right." ~Maya Angelou

Can you really leave your life behind. If you run from everything that held you back, can you go back home as a different person. When you find yourself back from where you came, can you convince yourself that you left in the first place. Faithful Place explores the tensions between l
I read both of Tana French's prior books in print and was really looking forward to reading this one as well. However, when I listened to the sample on Audible, I just knew that this one had to be listened to rather than read. Tim Gerard Reynolds does an absolutely perfect job with the story of Frank Mackey. I found myself listening at times when I otherwise wouldn't be listening to an audio book.

Ostensibly, Faithful Place is a murder mystery. However, it's really a story about family and the m
This book was a bit of a disappointment. I checked it out from our local library after reading a short but positive review in Newsweek, I believe. But I thought the praise was largely undeserved.

The novel's protagonist is an Irish undercover cop whose life is disrupted when the suitcase of his teenage sweetheart turns up in a abandoned ruin near where they were supposed to meet before eloping to England years before. In order to solve the mystery of what he increasingly becomes convinced was hi
I adore Tana French's Murder Squad series.

As with the first two books in this series, Faithful Place can be read with little or no familiarity with the series. The only crossover characters I recognized this time were Frank Mackey (obviously) and Cooper the pathologist. (By the way, I have to add that I love the fact so far that all three narrators in each book have asserted that Cooper hates pretty much everybody but likes each of them . . .)

This novel follows Frank Mackey, the Undercover Detec
Tana French truly has a gift for writing. She's the kind of author who makes me so ecstatic that I can read. Her descriptions leap off the page. One that particularly stuck with me was about a back garden at night: “The dim orange glow coming from nowhere in particular gave the garden a spiky Tim Burton look." I can SEE that garden. French is smart with her many references, and she allows that the reader is smart too. Fantastic.

I thought Faithful Place started off much better than her first two
"Faithful Place" (u izdanju na srpski jezik kao "Kobno mesto") je treći roman u serijalu Dublin Murder Squad, irske spisateljice Tane French. Frenchova je za proteklih par godina postala moja omiljena autorka psiholoških triler romana, u kojima neopisivo uživam. Razlog za to je pre svega njen jedinstveni stil, pristup temi koju obrađuje i savršena karakterizacija likova bez koje smatram da ni ne vredi pisati trilere/krimiće - a gde ona apsolutno dominira.
I "Kobno mesto" kao i prethodna dva roman
Aug 08, 2010 Mallory rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kristen McMahon, Jocelyn Wood, any other fans of Tana French
This is what happens when I find out Tana French has written a book:
--I read the flap, almost lose my mind with excitement, buy the book and rush home to start it.
--I decide to start the book almost immediately.
--I cut off all contact with the outside world.
--I read like a woman possessed and do little else until I've finished the book.
--I close the book, sigh contentedly, and turn back to the first page to start again.

Despite my love for In The Woods, I might say that this is a better novel. Ta
Sep 12, 2012 Elaine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
A big letdown after her other books, both of which had intriguing if farfetched premises that kept the momentum going (even though she never quite knew how to end them). There is little surprise or suspense in this book, where the murderer is pretty well telegraphed early on. On the other hand, there are pages and pages of very trite sounding dialogue, descriptions of life in a drunken poor abusive Irish family (and she doesn't have Frank McCourt's way with words...), a lot of time spent with a ...more
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
Buddy read with Annette and Anasylvia starting June 16th.

Initial thoughts:

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Whoa...I'm a mess...this book...holy cow....Review to come...

Actual rating: 4.75 stars. No spoilers!


This is the third book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. By this point, I've become familiar with French's writing style. She's so unique in the way she writes that there's no way to really describe it. Her characters are so real that by the end of the book, I feel like I really knew them. The world feels tangible,
This is a fascinating psychological study of a man and the place he comes from. Protagonist Frank Mackey is familiar to the reader from The Likeness . He's tough, arrogant, and as it turns out seriously emotionally scarred by an incident from his past. His impressions of what happened on that day back in Faithful Place 22 years ago are pivotal in creating the man Frank is today.

What if what actually happened is a completely different story? What does this say about the choices Frank has made si
I'm only 1/2 way through, and I really like this book a lot. I'm trying to figure out what I like so much about Tana French, and I think it's that she is SO GOOD at portraying strong emotions in a character and also eliciting strong emotions in her readers - me! In this book Frank Mackey asks the question, "What would you die for?" I love the way he then expresses his love for Rosie that has carried through the years since he saw her. Then there is the nostalgia of childhood, family, and neighbo ...more
This one is so terribly, intensely sad that finishing it left me emotionally exhausted. Not a good one to finish on my work lunch break, because what I'd really like right now is to go lie in a soft bed in a dark room, burrow under the covers, and indulge myself in wretchedness. Seriously, this was one gut punch after another, especially for the last 100 pages. Nobody triumphs, nobody gets out clean, nobody is truly happy, and nobody is a saint or a villain or an innocent. But I loved every seco ...more
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "I am increasingly in awe of French's narrative talents."

I honestly think this 3rd book in the Dublin series is the best of all. And the first 2 were excellent. French is such a great writer of vivid scenes and well-drawn characters who are not stereotyped. No villains really, no heroes. Lots of grays, as it is in the real world. Boy and can she describe the dysfunctional family with finesse. I can't wait to read more by Ms. French!
Book #3 in the Dublin Murder Squad is focused on Undercover's Frank Mackey, who had a small, but significant role in Book #2, The Likeness. Frank is alienated from his family by choice, when his sister Jackie calls and asks him to come home because a suitcase belonging to his first love was discovered in #16 Faithful Place, a derelict home on their block. For the past 20+ years, Frank thought he was abandoned by Rosie Daly on the night they planned to escape their family miseries, but her decomp ...more
Buddy Read with Shandra and Annette.

My father told me once that the most important thing every man should know is what he would die for.”

Tana French’s books all have a recurring themes. Loss of innocence, friendships,family, and of course death. In Faithful Place, she hones in on the last two. In particular, what family means and what we would do for it.

Francis(Frank)Mackey formerly seen in The Likeness is back to tell his own story in Faithful Place, the third book in French’s heartbreaking Du
Another volume for the Abysmal Parenting bookshelf. Both Francis Mackey's parents and Francis himself are suitable for framing.

Anyway, this is the third installment of the Dublin Murder Squad set of mysteries. I would say that in some way it is the weakest. "The Likeness" is still leading for complete unbelievability, but this one is close. "In the Woods" is still leading for annoying lack of resolution, but again, this one is a close runner-up.

The characters are well drawn, but they behave in
Not nearly as engrossing as In the Woods or The Likeness, both of which I awarded 5 stars (according to the stats on my Goodreads profile, 5-star ratings make up 3% of my 783 ratings, for reference). Whatever quality those two books had that sucked me in, Faithful Place just didn't have.

It did have excellently realized characters though, and for the first time, I really FELT like these books were taking place in Ireland. I also zipped through it in two sittings, which is the fastest I've gotten
I've read Into the Woods and thought to give French another whirl. Again, the story line is ok, the characters ok, the writing ok. Nothing to rave about, but not a bad book either. It hasn't been gripping me, it's actually pretty easy to put down each night. If you liked Into the Woods you will probably enjoy this one as well. If you are more like me and thought Into the Woods was ok, well, I wouldn't bother reading this one too.
Stephanie Swint
I previously reviewed Tana French's "The Likeness" , and enjoyed it, but I developed a sick attachment for 'Faithful Place.' This is by far and away my favorite book of hers so far. When I finished it I immediately downloaded 'Into the Woods' craving and needing more. Each book in the Dublin Murder Squad series has an overlapping character in the books, but it is not necessary for them to be read in order. I am grateful, because technically I started with two, went to three and am now reading th ...more
Again with the perfectly charming, delightful characters who turn into raging assholes! What is with this French woman? Does everyone have to have a dual nature that is triggered by a terrible event?
Wait, do we all do that? Is she commenting on human nature, in general?

Hell if I know.

However, this story was probably the most provocative and evocative in the series, so far.
It's all about family and do I ever know about family.
My parents aren't as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short as Fran
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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.
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Dublin Murder Squad (5 books)
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  • The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
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