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Staff Pick

Tana French has done it again: she's constructed a world that you never want to leave. First, there's a missing girl, then, 20 years later, a murder — and when you’ve finished the book, you may just want to start all over again.
Recommended by Miriam, Powells.com

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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, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.

Review:

"French's emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book. In 1985, 19-yearold Frank Mackey and his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, made secret plans to elope to England and start a new life together far away from their families, particularly the hard-drinking Mackeys. But when Rosie doesn't meet Frank the night they're meant to leave and he finds a note, Frank assumes she's left him behind. For 22 years, Frank, who becomes an undercover cop, stays away from Faithful Place, his childhood Dublin neighborhood. When his younger sister, Jackie, calls to tell him that someone found Rosie's suitcase hidden in an abandoned house, Frank reluctantly returns. Now everything he thought he knew is turned upside down: did Rosie really leave that night, or did someone stop her before she could? French, who briefly introduced Mackey in The Likeness, is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank's familial demons. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"With French's masterly portrayal of family dynamics and responsibility and her adept depiction of young love and parental devotion, fans are unlikely to miss Maddox, the protagonist of her first two New York Times best sellers. Psychological suspense at its best." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Though French plies readers with dark and stormy cliches, the charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In the Woods won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery and was a New York Times bestseller in paperback. The Likeness was a New York Times bestseller. There are nearly 1 million copies of French's two novels in print.

Synopsis:

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was 19, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and he and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together. But on the night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.

Synopsis:

The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author

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, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.

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The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author

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, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.

About the Author

Tana French is the bestselling author of In the Woods, which won the Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards, and of The Likeness. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, Malawi, and the United States, and trained as an actor at Trinity College, Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

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Jeffrey Bluhm, November 4, 2013 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
I thoroughly enjoyed Tana French's preceding novels but this surpasses even those excellent stories. Though the characters are flawed, sometimes deeply so, the way they are developed and revealed makes for an exceptionally engaging and interesting read. Dialogue and dialect vividly establish the setting; it feels like you can actually hear the Irish accent (even better if you indulge in the Guinness your inner voice is asking for). The Likeness required a substantial suspension of disbelief for one of its central plot points; this novel gradually reveals mysteries more realistically, but still so enticingly that it's near-impossible to put down once you've started. If this were baseball, In the Woods was a triple, The Likeness was a home run - Faithful Place is a grand slam!
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techeditor, March 5, 2013 (view all comments by techeditor)
Where to begin? It's a good bet you care most about whether and how much I liked FAITHFUL PLACE. I did, very much. But I skip a summary of the story because it's best that you discover it as you read it rather than before you read it. So no details here. Read it.

The main character in FAITHFUL PLACE is Frank (Francis) Mackey. He is a flawed narrator. He's also a detective.

Faithful Place is a fictional neighborhood in Dublin, Ireland's inner city. This is where Frank grew up and where, apparently, few ever leave. Frank is an exception. He left when he was 19 and cut ties to his family for 20 years.

Now we're with him as he investigates murders in Faithful Place, his old stomping grounds. These are not his cases, not his official business. But they're his personal business, and the lead detective wants to wrap them up and call them solved. Frank knows they aren't.

This is such an exceptionally well-written character-driven thriller. Tana French describes the residents of Faithful Place so well, particularly the members of Frank's family.

Good sign: I dreamt about them.

Another good sign: I was practically thinking with an Irish accent.

This would be a great bookclub read. Every character in the book, especially Frank, with all his flaws, would generate so much discussion. My biggest question would be, what does this story say about Frank and his choices in the end?
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Babinski, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Babinski)
We felt Faithful Place was more than just a mystery although it was that as well. A "typical" Irish family in Dublin is exposed in many facets of dysfunction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021871
Author:
French, Tana
Publisher:
Viking Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.30x6.60x1.28 in. 1.39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Tana French has done it again: she's constructed a world that you never want to leave. First, there's a missing girl, then, 20 years later, a murder — and when you’ve finished the book, you may just want to start all over again.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "French's emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book. In 1985, 19-yearold Frank Mackey and his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, made secret plans to elope to England and start a new life together far away from their families, particularly the hard-drinking Mackeys. But when Rosie doesn't meet Frank the night they're meant to leave and he finds a note, Frank assumes she's left him behind. For 22 years, Frank, who becomes an undercover cop, stays away from Faithful Place, his childhood Dublin neighborhood. When his younger sister, Jackie, calls to tell him that someone found Rosie's suitcase hidden in an abandoned house, Frank reluctantly returns. Now everything he thought he knew is turned upside down: did Rosie really leave that night, or did someone stop her before she could? French, who briefly introduced Mackey in The Likeness, is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank's familial demons. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet." (starred review)
"Review" by , "With French's masterly portrayal of family dynamics and responsibility and her adept depiction of young love and parental devotion, fans are unlikely to miss Maddox, the protagonist of her first two New York Times best sellers. Psychological suspense at its best." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Though French plies readers with dark and stormy cliches, the charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel."
"Synopsis" by , In the Woods won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery and was a New York Times bestseller in paperback. The Likeness was a New York Times bestseller. There are nearly 1 million copies of French's two novels in print.
"Synopsis" by , Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was 19, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and he and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together. But on the night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.
"Synopsis" by ,

The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author

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, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
#LINK<>#
The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author

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, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank 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.

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