Faithful Place by Tana French
A Novel

77%

12 Critic Reviews

Not only does French create a character driven thriller, she entwines her characters in a story that is filled with the kinds of twists and turns that will keep you turning pages.
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Synopsis

The "expertly rendered, gripping new novel" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) from the bestselling author of In the Woods and The Likeness.

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Sublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. 

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.


Look out for Tana French's newest novel, The Trespasser, which will be published by Viking in October of 2016.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Tana French

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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. This is her first book.
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Faithful Place
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Good
on Aug 28 2010

...one of the best thrillers so far this year...It's French's skills as a storyteller that make Faithful Place stand out, along with her best creation yet, the enjoyably flawed Frank.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 29 2010

Not only does French create a character driven thriller, she entwines her characters in a story that is filled with the kinds of twists and turns that will keep you turning pages.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Jul 13 2010

...Ms. French’s most impressive triumph in these pages is her creation of Holly, who must learn to navigate the treacherous shoals of deadly family rivalries with her rule-bending father as her only guide.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 21 2011

Please don’t read this one in a hurry. It’s to be savored slowly and placed on your top shelf for re-reading.

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Washington Times

Excellent
on Jul 09 2010

...those who value psychological complexity and vivid characterization...who like their thrillers with a strong regional and literary savor, owe themselves the pleasure of Tana French.

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AV Club

Below average
on Aug 12 2010

...nothing more than a neatly wrapped mystery in an intriguing setting, more tableau than tour de force.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Regina Marler on Aug 13 2010

Readers are subjected to just one red herring — although it's a fat, meaningful one that forces Frank to confront what he has avoided for 22 years...Take this book slowly and savor the details. Like a slow pour of Guinness, it's worth the wait.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Aug 09 2010

Not only does the author write beautifully...but French also vividly summons up the ego-stomping suffocation that Frank feels...

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Mysterious Reviews

Good

This exceptional novel has elements of a police procedural as well as elements of a standard whodunit-style mystery, and will likely appeal to readers who enjoy either genre.

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Chamber Four

Below average
on Sep 21 2010

The problem is that, while French spends a lot, lot, lot of time and energy fleshing out the Mackey family, none of the Mackeys is very complex...they never surprise you and that limits the heights Faithful can reach.

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BookRack

Good
on Aug 11 2010

French’s prose swarms into your head, with her carefully placed red herrings and her surreal, yet sophisticated sounding descriptions of the mind-games people play, in jest and in anger.

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The Readers Cafe

Excellent
on May 16 2012

There aren’t too many authors who inspire me to immediately find everything else they have ever written, but Tana French is one of those authors. I recommend this book to anyone...

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