Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  27,577 ratings  ·  3,661 reviews
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 hi...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published by Hodder Export (first published 2010)
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karen
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...more
Nataliya
***
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...more
Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
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...more
Tatiana
As seen on The Readventurer

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...more
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
Evie
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...more
Megan
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...more
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...more
Sandi
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...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
My #2 favorite read for 2013

An Amazing 5 Stars from the Master of the Character Novel

Random Ramblings

"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...more
Nan
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...more
Travis
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...more
Kristin
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...more
Kp
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
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Jan 04, 2012 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who love character mysteries
Shelves: mystery, male-lead
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
Kwoomac
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...more
Mallory
Aug 08, 2010 Mallory rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Debra
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!
Elaine
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
Lormac
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...more
Jacqie
I've been dying for this book for a long time now. "In The Woods" and "The Likeness", the author's two previous books, were so fresh, with such great characterization.
Sadly, this book, while probably just fine on its own, does not live up to the standards of the first two, at least in my opinion. Frank Mackey, the main character, also appeared in "The Likeness" as a devil-may-care undercover operative who doesn't care much about the rules, as long as he gets what he wants. I was hoping to see hi...more
Caroline
When I first heard that Tana French's new Dublin Murder Squad (not sure how this became the name of the series, but it works for me, I suppose) novel was going to focus on Frank Mackey, I thought "Well, I'd prefer Rob or Cassie again, but I'm sure I'll like this one just fine."

And then I opened the book and read the first page.

185 of them later, I had to go to sleep, but I was finished in under 24 hours. Would have read faster, but I do have this young child to look after. This is probably her...more
Brooke
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...more
Jessica
I love Tana French's books. I was a little frustrated with the inconclusive ending of "In The Woods." But I've grown to like this unfinished finish style of French's. All the untied-up strings of "Faithful Place" felt very true to life, but there was just enough conclusion for the character of Frank. He seems to accept that his inability to control every outcome, that he doesn't know what the future holds, that he has to let certain dogs lie, and that running away doesn't make his problems disap...more
Crowinator
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
Julie
Excerpts:

I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming. Any man who claims he's not into strong women is fooling himself mindless; he's into strong women who know how to pout prettily and put on baby voices, and who will end up keeping his balls in her makeup bags.

We were still at...more
Kari
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.
Elizabeth
Faithful Place, the third book by Tana French, is centered on Frank Mackey, an undercover detective that must go back home after 20 years when the suitcase of his first love is found. It seems that despite his assumptions, she might not have left to start a new life in England all those years ago. Like the two previous novels, French takes us into the inner life of her narrator, revealing the ways in which the events and relationships of Frank’s early life have affected his adulthood. He is thro...more
Leah
Wow, I loved this book. I still think that The Likeness is my favorite of the three, but this one really pushed my buttons!

The main character this round is Frank, the undercover agent that plays a minor role in The Likeness. I was actually underwhelmed when I found out that he would be in the spotlight this time because I thought he was kind of irritating previously...but he definitely won me over. Tough and stubborn and funny and damaged and heartbroken, Frank has a very compelling voice and I...more
Eh?Eh!
This is the 3rd in Tana French's series of standalone novels about a fictional murder department and she continues to knock me over with amazement. I'm not a fan of mysteries, not since Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys. It either bores me with the plodding or disgusts me with using gratuituous sensational motivations (must everyone be raped?). Sensationalism can be okay if it's not the obvious pivot about which the entire book is built, if it is set within storytelling and writ...more
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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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“I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming. Any man who claims he's not into strong women is fooling himself mindless; he's into strong women who know how to pout prettily and put on baby voices, and who will end up keeping his balls in her makeup bags.” 269 likes
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