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Faithful Place

(Dublin Murder Squad #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  108,871 ratings  ·  8,560 reviews
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 his girl, Rosie Daly, were all set to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter n
Hardcover, U.S. Edition, 416 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Viking
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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: A generational family drama dressed as a murder-mystery. No real aha moment, I guessed the solution at the outset.
Jan 15, 2011 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
2020: Well, yes, this is indeed in my top three favorite Tana French novels. The character study of Frank Mackey, a product of the “bubbling cauldron of crazy” - his family and his upbringing - is absolutely wonderful.

2013: 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 sp
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading a book when you live in the city where the story takes places just hits differently, you know? it was such a treat reading about dublin because i can mentally visualise where the characters go, and have actually been to many of those places.

and while this installment of the dublin murder squad series isnt as suspenseful or mysterious as the previous two books, TFs writing is just as alluring, if not more. which is what made this story truly enjoyable for me.

i know TFs style isnt for ev
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I waited there in the shadows, watching the plumes of smoke that my breath sent into the lamplight, while the bells tolled three and four and five. The night faded to a thin sad gray and round the corner a milk cart clattered over cobblestones towards the dairy, and I was still waiting for Rosie Daly at the top of Faithful Place."

Twenty-two years ago, at the age of nineteen, Detective Frank Mackey had a plan – a plan to escape his alcoholic father and dysfunctional family with the most enchanti
4.5 stars (rounded to 5 stars)

I have now completed three Tana French novels this year. I wish I had an infinite supply of novels by this author to look forward to. I do believe she has become the best writer I follow. She has it all. She creates a powerful sense of place and ambience, her character development is second to none, and the stories she weaves are brilliantly poignant.

As a testimony to her phenomenalness (new word just for Tana), look how she picks her protagonists. She seems to pick
Dec 12, 2014 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
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love character mysteries
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
Aug 03, 2016 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
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Fellow readers, gather round as I lead you into my book confessional. I absolutely love to dive into the narrative voice of a Tana French novel. Her Dublin Murder Squad series is fastly becoming the series that I want all my friends to read! BUT I want/need/ beg you to get your own, I just can't lend them to you. It's not that I'm selfish, we just all need to support the economy right now. Hehe...right? Seriously, this woman knows how to weave an Irish mystery tale and couple it with a rich fam ...more
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
James Thane
Jan 13, 2013 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
Joe Valdez
Nov 05, 2015 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
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Twenty-two years ago Frank Mackey planned to sneak off in the middle of the night with his teenage love, Rosie Daly. He was escaping a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic and abusive father. Rosie was running away from a controlling father, hell-bent against her relationship with Frank, and a life she knew would end up with her in a dead end job if she stayed. But when Rosie was nowhere to be found the night of their escape, only leaving a goodbye note in her place, Frank took off anyway, start ...more
RH Walters
Jul 20, 2010 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
Em Lost In Books
It was good but not as spectacular as its predecessors.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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)
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tana French's books are so good they can always pull me out of a reading slump.

"Faithful Place" is the third book in her Dublin Murder Squad series, and it centers on the life of Detective Frank Mackey, an undercover officer who has a reputation for breaking the rules. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that each book focuses on a different character, and someone who has a minor role in one book could be the main person in another book. (And if you're new to this series, you don't h
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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
Heidi The Reader
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Faithful Place is a mystery and the backstory of Frank Mackey, the undercover agent readers first met in The Likeness.

Honestly, I didn't like him, as a character, very much in the last book. This installment gave me understanding about why he's so gruff and generally unkind. A difficult and abusive childhood has taken its toll on him.

There's also the small matter of a broken heart over his teenage sweetheart, who never showed up the night they were going to run away together.

"The night faded to
December 2019 re-read: This was even better the second time. I think this might actually be the most balanced of all the books, in terms of tragedy vs. hope. In the Woods is just tragic all around, as is Broken Harbour, and The Likeness is still too full of Cassie's grief over her partnership/friendship with Rob, and with what happens in the actual book, for it to feel much like a win when she gets proposed to by Sam. But here, devastating things happen to Frank (happened to Frank 22 years ago), ...more
Dec 11, 2014 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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the third novel of Dublin Murder series, Detective Frank Mackey and his shambles of a family take center stage. Against his better judgment, he returns to his roots in the poverty stricken area of inner city Dublin known as Faithful Place. In 1985 he was unceremoniously dumped by his first love after she ran off without him on the night they were due to escape to London together. All these years later, her suitcase is found and Frank is back in the middle of familial and neighborhood hell. Th ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Dublin Murder Squad” – that’s what Tana French’s collection of mystery novels set in the Dublin area is called, but these are not your typical police procedurals. There is not a recurring cast of characters from one book to the next, other than one person – a single different character in each succeeding story– who appears in the next novel, never to be seen again in following books, except, perhaps, for a brief mention. In Faithful Place, the third of the batch, we get Frank Mackey, whom we me ...more
Feb 05, 2011 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
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nobody in the world can make you crazy like your family can.

In all your life, only a few moments matter. Mostly you never get a good look at them except in hindsight, long after they've zipped past you…I was lucky, I guess you could call it. I got to see one of mine face-to-face, and recognize it for what it was.

With thousands of reviews, there is not much I can add but to say that I think this is the best of the six installments in the Dublin squad series. There is something for everyone here…m
Helene Jeppesen
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars.
Out of the three books I’ve read from the Dublin Murder Squad series, this one is my favourite (just slightly - I love all the books). Frank is a flawed character, but he’s got quite a personality as well as a big heart when it comes to his daughter. I was fascinated with Frank when I encountered him in book two “The Likeness”, and I was happy to learn more about him, his life, and his background in “Faithful Place”.
One of my favourite parts about this installment was the family dyn
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have read two books in this series, Book #1 In the Woods and Book # The Likeness - I liked both of them but I must be honest and say that Book #3, Faithful Place, didn't do it for me.

I didn't connect with the characters and I found Frank Mackey, the main protagonist (who we met in the previous book) really cold and remote. I just could not engage with his character. In fact, I couldn't engage with most of the characters in this story.

I also guessed who the baddie was pretty quickly. I didn't e
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
This series is just brilliant! I think Tana French thrives when she focuses on the interior lives of her protagonists, rather than focusing solely on the procedural aspects of the crimes. This was a perfect blend of that and it was so much fun to read but also heartbreaking. I love complex, emotional stories and mysteries so she delivered with this one. Better than book 1 but not quite as good as book 2. Still highly recommend this series though. 4.5 stars
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Tana French is the New York Times bestselling author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Witch Elm. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

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