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Faithful Place by Tana French
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Jul 28, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

I wanted to like this even more than I did. I think Tana French is incredibly gifted and careful and insightful in creating characters you quickly care about, and worlds that you swiftly believe in, with their cinematic unfolding. Her protagonists in the two books I've read of hers are very similar - selfish, smart, persistent, broken detectives. But you still want them to do well, you understand them and empathize with them. I wish more writers cared more about character development on the level she does, with the quality of lyricism that is so distinctive to her writing.

That all said, I really didn't think the mystery to this story was as interesting as the people in it. I am my mother's daughter (she figured out The Orient Express mystery in the first few minutes of the film version), so it was no surprise to me who done it here, from the beginning. It didn't ruin the book for me, but it didn't propel me through it like another mystery might.

I'm pleased I read it though. She is a wonderful writer and I hope she writes more very good, entertaining books like this.

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message 1: by Celeste (new)

Celeste I heard the new one was very good, but I heard it from someone who recommended this horrible book Bloodland by Alan Glynn, and described both in a similar way.

Jess So not a very reliable recommendation, eh? My mom loves her, so I'm planning on getting her hand-me-down of the book eventually....

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