Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married...more
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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
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 ...more
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 ...more
French's writing is up to its usual standards with regard to form, style, and dialogue. The I ...more
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
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
Seriously, though there are quite a few reviews of Faithful Place here on Goodreads which criticiz ...more
I "Kobno mesto" kao i prethodna dva roman ...more
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
Ostensibly, Faithful Place is a murder mystery. However, it's really a story about family and the m ...more
An Amazing 5 Stars from the Master of the Character Novel
"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
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 ...more
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
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
I thought Faithful Place started off much better than her first two ...more
“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 ...more
What if what actually happened is a completely different story? What does this say about the choices Frank has made si ...more
--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
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, ...more
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
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!
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