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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 13, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003VXOYRS
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The story begins with Frank Mackey, 19 years old, waiting for his true love, Rosie Daly, to meet him. They have plans to run away from their dysfunctional homes and neighborhood in Dublin to make a new life together in England. They are totally and fiercely in love as only first loves can be. Rosie never shows up. Frank waits until morning and then proceeds alone, never knowing what happened to Rosie but thinking, deep down, that she'd changed her mind and decided not to go with him. He doesn't make it as far as England but he does manage to start a new life for himself in Dublin.
Ever since that time, Frank keeps hoping that he'll hear from Rosie. No one in her family, nor any of her friends know where she is and no one has heard from her. Frank hears nary a word, ever.
Faithful Place, the neighborhood he's leaving, is close to Trinity College but is a world away. People in `The Place' "stank of stale nicotine and stale Guinness, with a saucy little top-note of gin". People held grudges and if they were not on the dole, they worked at the Guiness plant or at odd jobs. Those who worked regularly had nothing to show for it. You knew everyone and heard conversations and arguments going on from windows and in the streets.Read more ›
Twenty-two years have passed; Frank has married and divorced. Now, he's an undercover detective for "the Guard," the Dublin police. The very suitcase surfaces that Rosie took with her that fateful December night, and it's fully packed. This leads Frank to hunt for Rosie. What follows is a most suspenseful crime story. It's also a brilliant study of family dynamics.
Frank has a large family with large problems. That's why he had been willing to run away to London. He hates his abusive father, and has very few warm feelings for his mother and older brother. It seems Frank is surrounded by hard-drinking people who get mean(er) when they're drunk. They are profane and violent. Crude and rude. And hanging over it all is a dreary culture of poverty.
Author Tana French is a master wordsmith. She has great insight into what makes humans tick, both on the dark and bright side. She looks at the Mackey family and the other key characters up close and personal. She has Frank tell the story himself, and Frank casts grave doubts on his own character. The reader wonders if Frank has indeed been driven insane by his own twisted family.
Most highly recommended.
Tana French's writing is beautiful. She has a way of describing modern-day Ireland that will leave you completely enamored of this fascinating country. In my opinion, nobody creates more powerful descriptions of today's Dublin than this writer. French's sentences are always beautifully constructed, the characters are incredibly well-crafted, and the plot lines are engrossing.
The best thing about Tana French for me is her capacity to create a very unique first-person perspective in every one of her novels. Each book is narrated in a voice that is very unique and absolutely unforgettable. Faithful Place: A Novel is very different in terms of its first-person narrator from French's previous two novels. Her fans are used to this author creating very endearing, complex characters whom you cannot fail to admire. In this new novel, however, we encounter a very different kind of character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A complicated murder with many unique personalities. Also get another view of Frank Mackey character.
Would make a good movie
Summary: When Frank Mackey was nineteen, he and his girlfriend Rosie had plans to run away together, escape their lives and dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Karen D
Another wonderful book in the Dublin Murder Squad series focused on the personal past of one of the most enigmatic and vivid characters in the squad.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
As an Irish-American from the streets of Philadelphia this book speaks to the truth I grew up with in a Catholic working-class Irish neighborhood. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Phillyboy in Denver
A little hard to get into, but worth the wait. Thoroughly enjoyed the bookPublished 26 days ago by chic martin finch
I loved this book. However, my mom thought it took too long to get to the suspense and she did not finish it. I enjoyed it though!Published 26 days ago by B
I've read the first two books in this series, and enjoyed them both, but Faithful Place is a strong leap forward. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kate Hulbert