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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)

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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.
Paperback, 434 pages
Published by Hodder Export (first published 2010)
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Jan 20, 2011 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Dan Schwent
Jan 22, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 12, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
James Thane
Jan 13, 2013 James Thane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe Valdez
Dec 13, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Lindsey Rey
Oct 05, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
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

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
Jul 05, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Motherfucker. This book wrecked me to pieces.
Nov 19, 2010 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2010 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria Snyder
Nov 12, 2015 Maria Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this mysteries by Tana French. This is the third in her series of the Dublin Murder squad and they're not really focused on solving the crime as on the people who populate the books, delving into their pasts and characters, families, and problems. I'd say they're a more literary mystery that a straight "who done it."

The next book is on my TBR pile - I can't wait!
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
Aug 08, 2010 Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
“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.”

Reading Faithful Place was reminiscent of reading In the Woods. Frank Mackey, as a character, is quite similar to Rob Ryan.

I think, ultimately, that's what really hit me in the gut. The similar characterization. I liked Cassie in The Likeness and that's when I fell in love with Frank Mackey and even
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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)
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