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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  55,295 Ratings  ·  5,327 Reviews
The "expertly rendered, gripping new novel" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) from the bestselling author of In the Woods and The Likeness.

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi 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 did
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Penguin Viking Adult (first published 2010)
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Kristen The plot in Faithful Place is no where near as far fetched as the plot in The Likeness. When I read The Likeness, I almost had to pretend I was…moreThe plot in Faithful Place is no where near as far fetched as the plot in The Likeness. When I read The Likeness, I almost had to pretend I was reading a science fiction novel. I would agree that some of the aspects of the climax scene are a little confusing because they are so far-fetched it just doesn't make sense. There are aspects of the law enforcement politics between departments that seem not quite right throughout the story as well, but overall it is much more realistic than The Likeness and I enjoyed it a great deal more.(less)

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Jan 20, 2011 karen rated it it was amazing
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
Dan Schwent
Jan 22, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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
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 h
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

"Faithful Place" (u izdanju na srpski jezik kao "Kobno mesto") treći je 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 - a u čemu ona apsolutno dominira.
I "Kobno mesto" kao i prethodna dva romana, od
RH Walters
Aug 15, 2010 RH Walters rated it it was ok
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
Jan 21, 2017 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
The first part of this book is actually quite slow, plus it's pretty thick and for a while there I felt I was getting nowhere fast. Then it suddenly took off and became unputdownable.
However I had one major irritation with it. (view spoiler)
James Thane
Jan 13, 2013 James Thane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Dec 12, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it
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
Joe Valdez
Dec 30, 2016 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
If you asked me today who my favorite authors are, with thousands waiting for me to discover, I'd reply, "John Steinbeck, Flannery O'Connor, Elmore Leonard, Stephen King and Tana French." The novel that puts French in that sentence is Faithful Place. The American born (in 1973, younger than me) resident of Dublin had already written two great murder mysteries narrated by detectives of the Dublin Murder Squad. With her third novel, published in 2010, French embraces the qualities of her previous ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Επειδή αυτό το βιβλίο με προβλημάτισε λίγο όσον αφορά το τι βαθμολογία θα του βάλω, θα χωρίσω τα χαρακτηριστικά του σε θετικά και αρνητικά. Οπότε έχουμε τα εξής:
1. Όμορφη αφήγηση.
2. Ωραίος λόγος- γλώσσα.
3. Ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία.
1. Ο κεντρικός ήρωας μου ήταν ιδιαίτερα αντιπαθής. Συμπλεγματικός και εγωκεντρικός.
Πχ. γυρνάει στον τόπο του μετά από 22 χρόνια που δεν θέλει να έχει καμία σχέση με κανέναν, ούτε με τους γνωστούς, ούτε με την οικογένεια του ούτε με τα δύστυχα αδέλφια του
Mar 27, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, favorites
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
Aug 07, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it
Tana, dear, I’d like to buy you a pint.

Tana French’s 2010 entry in her Dublin Murder squad series is my favorite so far. Following the trend set in 2008’s The Likeness, this is not so much a sequel as a revisiting of the same setting. The protagonist of The Likeness was one of the characters in 2007’s In the Woods, but not the lead. Correspondingly, Frank Mackey, the hero here, was a character in The Likeness, but not the lead. I like how she is doing this and it makes me wonder whom will be her
Jan 30, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
People Lie; Evidence doesn't"

My official look whenever I'm reading a Tana French Book
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This third installation focuses on Undercover agent Francis Mackey ( one of my faves in this series ) He is drawn back to his childhood hometown Faithful Place, when he gets a call from his sister informing him that his first love Rosie Daly; suitcase is found. He, because of unanswered questions from his past, is reluctantly but inevitably drawn back to the place that he has successfully ( for twenty plus year
Jul 22, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, adult
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
It's not entirely hyperbole when I say that Tana French is magic. When I'm reading her books, more than with any other author I've ever read, I feel ensorcelled. Like, I'm being pulled in to the book with ropes that have been tied around my emotions, and it's entirely not in my control how much I'm allowed to be inside the story. Her books are wrenching. So much humanity in there. Joy and suffering and pain and longing and regret. All at the same time. Plus a murder mystery!

I'm almost more impre
Lindsey Rey
Oct 05, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Considering I am the most gullible reader of all time, it's really a shame that I guessed who the killer was in the first 25-30% of the book. I still enjoyed this one, but it's definitely my least favorite in the series so far. I'm not a fan of the way Tana French foreshadows in general, but it really, extra bugged me in this one. The primary thing that saved this book for me was the relationship between Frank and his daughter. Too cute!
Oct 10, 2016 Janet rated it liked it
It's been quite a while since I've read a Dublin Murder Squad book by Tana French. The last one being The Likeness which I really enjoyed. Sadly, in this instance, the magic just didn't shine for me.

One timeframe set in 1985 and Frank Mackey is a young man in a poverty stricken part of Dublin dreaming of escaping with his one true love, Rosie. Alas it wasn't meant to be as Rosie disappears before the young lovers get to escape. Not knowing the true reason why, Frank just assumes that Rosie had c
Have you any idea how much I want to immediately re-read Faithful Place?? Or how difficult it is not to request the fourth Dublin Murder Squad book from the library right this very second??? But I must not give in to the urge to read Tana French’s books in a continuous cycle, or I will be finished much too quickly. As it was, there was no way I could pace myself reading Faithful Place. I basically read it in two sittings—the first evening, I polished off 30%; the next day, I read one chapter dur ...more
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
Aug 13, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I've now read the first three books in the Dublin Murder Squad, and this is the best so far. It's not necessary to read the first two before reading this one, and if you want a really great book, go ahead and skip right to this one. I was absolutely taken by Francis (Frank) Mackey. I got to know his friends, his family, his life. Dialogue was top-notch, from the heart, and often so freaking funny! I found myself reading with an accent! I love Tana French's turn of phrase: Ma grabbed the "soft sk ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Francis Mackey. A really positive and optimistic guy.

Let me pour you a nice cold refreshing glass of reality. Most people are only too delighted to wreck each other's heads. And for the tiny minority who do their pathetic best not to, this world is going to go right ahead and make sure they do it anyway.


Tana French is a writer that makes realistic, and believable characters. I can't say that she writes my favorite characters, as many of her characters I dislike, but they are REALISTIC.
Motherfucker. This book wrecked me to pieces.
Apr 05, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed this and getting to know Frank's wacky family... this wasn't my favorite of the bunch. Not the fault of the book completely, writing is top notch as usual and we're plunged straight back into the gritty/grim world we fell in love with...

This book will be hit or miss for you most likely if you don't love Frank or grow to love him... He's a bastard sometimes and not a perfect guy by any stretch but he's also a good man in his own way.

Frank's family... wow. Dysfunctional would be o
Nov 19, 2010 Travis rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok
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
May 23, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing
This was very different than the first two books in the series, maybe not as "literary", but probably my favorite. Tana French has moved away from the eerie feeling pervading the previous titles in the series. Faithful place is about growing up in working class Dublin, and about trying to escape your past and your family. The descriptions and lingo had me laughing out loud. One of the things I loved most about this book was the fact that a female author could write such a brilliant male characte ...more
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dublin Murder Squad (6 books)
  • In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
  • The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
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  • The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
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