Faithful Place

Faithful Place❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Faithful Place Author Tana French – Back in , 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 gi Back in , 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 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 livesBut on the winter night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show Frank took it for granted that she'd given him the brushoffprobably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family He never went home againNeither did Rosie Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life Then, twentytwo 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 notGetting 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 Dalyand he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job donefront flap.

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 MysteryThriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction She lives in Dublin with her family.

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    Faithful Place PDF Ä Hardcover on her own and was over there living a shiny new life Then, twentytwo 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 notGetting 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 Dalyand he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job donefront flap."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Faithful Place
  • Tana French
  • English
  • 28 June 2019
  • 9780670021871

10 thoughts on “Faithful Place

  1. Jayson says:

    (B+) 77% | Good
    Notes: A generational family drama dressed as a murder-mystery. No real aha moment, I guessed the solution at the outset.

  2. karen says:

    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 the mystery is that revolutionary - it follows the usual pattern: crime, investigation, red herring red herring red herring, satisfying but not unreasonable conclusion.

    and then she goes and throws a little tana french monkey wrench into it just so you know it is her. but this one is more subtle and therefore less hair-pulling-out frustrating than the first book.

    her strength is in the other stuff, the atmosphere surrounding the mystery. i love the irish. when i moved into this neighborhood it was almost entirely irish, and it was wonderful to walk down the street and be buoyed by the lilting cadence of those folks and their unexpected insertion of the word after in sentences, as in he's after having a pint. i loved being called love and duckie and chickadee by older maternal women selling me pasties. it is a somewhat different neighborhood now, but there are still pockets of my beloved irish. and this book is all of that and more - all written in dialect, all about class structure and the struggle to make something of a life despite the demands of the family. and god, this family. so poisonous, so heart-scrabbling, so much guilt and passive-aggression. oofa - i loved each and every one of them.

    this book can be read as a stand-alone, by the way - you don't have to have read the first two, but someday i would like some answers to my questions in the first book,please.

    this review used to have buried treasure and is now simply serviceable. my apologies, world...

    come to my blog!

  3. Matt says:

    Another stunning novel by Tana French has me rushing to ensure I will be able to continue my binge reading without interruption. After proving his worth as Cassie Maddox's handler in The Likeness, Francis 'Frank' Mackey is given his own novel, where the reader can explore the deep and emotionally-driven aspects of the man's life. At nineteen, Mackey and his sweetheart, Rosie Daly, planned to leave their dead-end lives in Dublin and cross over to England. When Rosie did not turn up at their rendezvous point, Mackey slumped back home, only to find a 'Dear John' letter, which explained that she chose to flee alone. Feeling jilted, Mackey ran off, never to look back on his family or the life he hoped to soon forget. Just over two decades later, Rosie's suitcase is found around the Mackey home and Frank's emotions come rushing back after a call from his kid sister. Soon a body is discovered that bears forensic similarities to young Rosie Daly and Mackey tries to weasel his way into the investigation, much to the dismay of Dublin Murder Squad star-detective, Scorcher Kennedy. Not only does Frank have to come to terms with the murder of his first love, but he also must return to face his family and the issues he thought he left in his past. If that were not enough, his closeness to the victim and surrounding area has Kennedy blocking his access at every turn. Remembering not only the lead-up to his planned departure with Rosie but also the struggles he faced growing up in a tenement house, Mackey vows never to let his own daughter bear witness to the depravation that almost crippled him, while he juggles processing his lot who have not matured in the two decades since his absence. With Rosie's killer potentially somewhere in the tenement project, someone else close to Mackey dies and all eyes shift on him. Could he have killed Rosie and then tried to cover-up when others began to poke around? Told in her brilliant form, French offers the reader a slow and methodical examination of a central theme while developing the story narrative throughout. A must-read for those who have tired from all the cookie-cutter kill/search/find police procedurals on the market today.

    I am as gobsmacked as the next person that French has me speechless (save for this review) three books into the series. There is nothing commonplace about these books or the characters found herein. While I expected a series of cases with the same central murder squad, these books have taken twists and turns I could not have expected, pulling me well beyond simple admiration. This novel seeks to push away from the formal murder investigation as Frank Mackey takes the reins and does his own investigating, introducing readers to a handful (or a score, even) of local and less-refined Dubliners who have always lived in the shadows of tenement houses and blue-collar lives. French does not shy away from their boozing, beating, and belligerent nature, while shaping a story that uses this to her advantage. The narrative is slow as January molasses, but in so being, allows the reader to gaze at all that surrounds them and develop deeper bonds and curiosities. As with each novel, French offers a soap box for a central theme; this one being the role of family. Frank Mackey is forced to return to the childhood home and face the dysfunction that he sought to flee with two ferry tickets over to England. He must admit from where he has come while trying to shield his young daughter from mixing with his own blood. French effectively shows the less than desirable side of the Mackeys and the Dalys, but also the great socio-economic disparities in Dublin, without making a mockery of the entire thing. Class and standing play a central role in one's upbringing, but forgetting one's roots will never erase the past that has shaped the present. A stunning novel that has left me aching to get back over to Ireland sooner than later. I only hope the next story is as captivating, as I have discovered a pattern in French's choice in protagonists.

    Kudos, Madam French for yet another wonderful novel. I do hope my friends and family will find your work as riveting as I have, as I speak about it on a daily basis.

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  4. Candi says:

    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 enchanting girl ever to emerge from the squalor of the Liberties. But Rosie Daly never showed up and Frank turned his back on his family and his past forever. Until now, when a battered suitcase shows up at Number 16 Faithful Place, and Frank is sucked back into the Place, his memories, and his family all over again.

    This book is the third in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Series, and I have savored each one nearly equally. It’s not necessary to read them in order, although I find that I am doing so – more out of habit than anything else. We are introduced to Frank Mackey in book 2, The Likeness, although he doesn’t play the main role in that one as he does here in Faithful Place. A detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, Frank was a bit of a presumptuous jerk in The Likeness, to put it mildly. So I wasn’t sure what I would make of this one to be honest. I shouldn’t have worried because French is extremely adept at writing thoughtful and meticulous character studies that highlight the psychology and nuances of each person she brings to the page. Even if you despise them, you still grow to understand each character and his or her actions. I confess to feeling a deeper appreciation and even a slight fondness towards Frank – don’t get me wrong though, I’m not over the moon here! He’s still a ruthless wise guy, but I do like his brand of humor, and his interactions with his young daughter, Holly, won me over.

    Frank can’t help becoming involved in the case, despite warnings from Detective Scorcher Kennedy of the Murder Squad to lay low and stay away. Frank runs his own unauthorized undercover investigation, while all the time scorning the practices of the other branch of the Dublin force. If you want to hunt like a good little panting puppy dog, shooting off on the trail the second you’re let off the leash, you work Murder. If you want Undercover, and I always did, you learn to hunt the way big cats do: set up your ambush, stay low to the ground and move closer by hidden inches, for as long as it takes. The two units clash and add to the entertainment value of the plot.

    The mystery itself is a bit understated and slow-moving; instead it’s the process of the investigation, the subtle revealing of characters’ motives and behaviors, and the interactions between each player that draws the reader into this one. The atmosphere and grittiness of the setting mingled with the sweetness, hopes and dreams of young lovers make for an absorbing read. This is a well-written series with an interesting look at Irish culture, fascinating and flawed narrators, an unexpected twist or two in the storyline, and typically a thrilling and intense scene towards the end of the book. Tana French is definitely on my list of favorite mystery writers, and I will read the rest of the series as well as anything else she might have up her sleeve!

    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…

  5. Nataliya says:

    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 spent 22 years away from the place he grew up and away from his family; and it's only a suitcase found in an abandoned house on his old street, Faithful Place, that can bring Frank back home - and open an old wound that has never healed.

    The suitcase was by the window. It was a pale-blue thing with rounded corners, spotted over with big patches of black mold, and it was a crack open; someone had forced the pathetic tin locks. What got to me was how small it was. Olivia used to pack just about everything we owned, including the electric kettle, for a weekend away. Rosie had been heading for a whole new life with something she could carry one-handed.
    You see, once upon a time Frank was a 19-year-old raised in the dysfunctional family terrorized by a violent alcoholic father in a poor working neighborhood in Dublin, where you were fine as long as you went to church every Sunday, and always put your family first, and never ever squealed to the police about anything. The street, Faithful Place, was its own little suffocating universe with few hopes for its children to grow up different from their parents, to break out of the familiar rhythms of life.
    The rules in my road went like this: no matter how skint you are, if you go to the pub then you stand your round; if your mate gets into a fight, you stick around to drag him off as soon as you see blood, so no one loses face; you leave the heroin to them down in the flats; even if you're an anarchist punk rocker this month, you go to Mass on Sunday; and no matter what, you never, ever squeal on anyone.
    But Frank and his first love Rosie had a plan - run away to England and start their new life together, full of hopes, dreams and expectations. Frank and Rosie were supposed to meet on the night of their getaway - except that Rosie never showed up. What did show up was her suitcase with her birth certificate and ferry tickets meant for their joint getaway - showed up two decades later, found in an abandoned house in Faithful Place. It seems that Rosie never managed to leave the place she so desperately wanted to escape - just like she has never ever left the thoughts of Frank Mackey, now a gruff Undercover Detective.
    I had spent my whole adult life growing around a scar shaped like Rosie Daly's absence.

    And now Frank returns, hoping to solve the mystery of Rosie's death - and immediately gets sucked in right into the life he tried so hard to escape - right into the bubbling cauldron of crazy that is the Mackeys at their finest.
    In less than a day and a half, I had had enough of my family to last me another twenty-two years. That morning in the shower, I would have bet my soul to Satan that nothing in this world could drag me back into Faithful Place.
    What I love about Tana French's books is that they are hard to pigeonhole. If I had to describe them - and that includes this one, oh it so does! - I'd say something along the lines: psychological mind-f*ckery that usually starts as a murder mystery and quickly develops into an unsettling character study in a guise of police procedural, with the inevitable result of you coming to deeply care for the said characters just to watch Tana French f*ck up their lives while making your heart ache and leaving your soul shattered. And, of course, this pathetic attempt at a summary does not do her books any justice.
    Here's the real risk in Undercover, in the field and out: you create illusions for long enough, you start thinking you're in control. It's easy to slide into believing you're the hypnotist here, the mirage master, the smart cookie who knows whats real and how all the tricks are done. The fact is you're still just another slack-jawed mark in the audience. No matter how good you are, this world is always going to be better at this game. Its more cunning than you are, its faster and its a whole lot more ruthless. All you can do is try to keep up, know your weak spots and never stop expecting the sucker punch.
    Frank Mackey is a cynical man always prepared for the worst after having seen the worst every day on his job; a man who is not a welcome figure in his old neighborhood that does not trust police; and underneath the rough exterior, secretly a man still mourning the loss of Rosie all those years ago, still missing his ex-wife Olivia, and counting his young daughter among what he'd readily die for. Oh, and he's a man who is not ready to let go of the long-standing resentment towards his past and his family - which are the same thing as far as he's concerned.

    And let's not forget that Frank is the man who, in the eyes of his older brother Shay, has no loyalty towards his family - but who has created his own family, the family he is ready to do anything to fiercely protect, and the family he cannot help but hurt sometimes, because the world can be a mean sonovabitch. His family of one - daughter Holly, a loved and sheltered child who nevertheless has Mackee blood - the blood of that aforementioned bubbling cauldron of crazy that fiercely protects its own. It's Holly that's never out of Frank's thoughts.
    I want my daughter to learn that not everything in this world is determined by how often she hears it or how much she wants it to be true or how many other people are looking. Somewhere in there, for a thing to count as real, there has got to be some actual bloody reality. God knows she's not going to learn that anywhere else. So I'm going to have to teach her all by myself.
    I'm trying to bring up a kid, Jackie. That alone is enough to scare the living daylights out of any sane human being. Throw in the fact that I'm trying to bring her up in a setting where she's constantly being told to think about nothing except fashion, fame and body fat, ignore the man behind the curtain and go buy yourself something pretty... I'm petrified, all the time. I could just about stay on top of it when she was a little kid, but every day shes getting older and I'm getting scareder. Call me crazy, but I kind of like the thought of her growing up in a country where people occasionally have no choice but to focus on something more crucial than dick-replacement cars and Paris Hilton.
    Frank Mackey is a gruff seasoned Detective, but his job and the solution to the old disappearance/murder all take a backseat here. What takes central stage are the emotions and complicated family relationships of past and present, all that people dismissively and resentfully refer to as baggage - just like a literal piece of baggage that finally reveals that Rosie has never made the escape she so desperately wanted.

    And so we have the rest of the madness, both past and present, forming the rest of the novel's heart and soul. The crazy dysfunctional family with its deep secrets, trying desperately to keep up its face in front of the neighborhood, hiding the damage inflicted by the violent alcoholic father who treats wife and kids as punching bags for his pent-up mindless rage; sibling rivalries that end up being rooted in more than just expected everyday resentment; fierce protectiveness that mixes love and hate indiscriminately; the blind happiness of first love and the blind hate of old resentments; the sharp class divides of then and now that Frank Mackey now has to straddle; and the danger of mixing personal and professional.

    And we know - because it's a Tana French novel, after all - that in the end there will be no feel-good warm fuzzies, that Frank Mackey will be left raw and hurt and forever changed by the experience, and that the same thing will happen to the reader. And so we brace ourselves for what's to come, and treasure the moments of happiness with the characters we came to care for, knowing that the happiness will not last.

    4.5 stars - and childish excitement upon learning that Frank Mackey may make a reappearance in French's fifth Dublin Murder Squad novel.
    A side note: Despite being marketed as a series, Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels are quite stand-alone, related only by a peripheral character in one of them making an appearance as a central character in another - so that you can pick up any one of them as your first Tana French experience. And you should - because they are great.
    For other examples of me gushing over Tana French's novels, see my review of 'In the Woods, my review of 'The Likeness', my review of 'Broken Harbour', and my review of 'The Secret Place'.

  6. Dan Schwent says:

    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. Another of the running themes is no one can mess you up like your family can.

    Faithful Place brings undercover cop Frank Mackey back to his old neighborhood and reunites him with the family he hasn't spoken to in decades. It didn't long for me to figure out why Frank is such a manipulative asshole. It runs in the blood.

    The poor Dublin neighborhood Frank grew up in is one of the better-developed settings I've ever encountered. You can almost smell the desperation wafting off the pages. Frank's family is a well drawn bunch, all seeming like real people, warts and all.

    The mystery itself was much easier to crack than in the previous two volumes. I guessed the killer based on a line he uttered somewhere in the first 30% of the story. Frank catching up with me was quite a ride. By the time I was finished, I was glad the sadness parade was over.

    The third book in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series maintains the standard set by the previous two volumes. Tana French is quickly earning a place in my favorite authors list. Four out of five stars.

  7. carol. says:

    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, and resolves to leave them behind once more as soon as the case is in competent hands.

    While the mystery pulls the reader in and subtly drives the plot, the focus is equally on character, relationships and setting. French is brilliant at capturing the mood of a place and time, wrapping it up in a small snow globe--and then shaking it up on the unfortunate lead character. It becomes evident that Frank is replicating many of his father's dysfunctional behaviors in his family interactions. Interestingly for me, I've been able to identify the murderer in both the books I've read. I've come to suspect this is deliberate on the part of French, giving the reader further insight into the lead's particular emotional short-sightedness, and building suspense around that fault line. It's an unusual and delicate narrative choice, but I think French handles it well without much loss of tension.

    I wondered somewhat at some of the descriptive choices, especially musical, that clearly anchor the story to a specific place and time. The family discussing a potential national economic disaster stands out as well. Somehow it felt jarring more than evocative, but those instances were rare. My most serious quibble comes from the narrative voice; I found myself not entirely believing in Frank's narrative from the perspective of a middle-aged, rough-edged undercover cop. Mostly, I found myself wondering at dichotomy between the sensitivity and nostalgia of his memories, the fact that he seemed emotionally stuck at eighteen after a tragic first love, and his isolated, ruthless existence as a undercover detective. Scenes with his informant in the investigating squad came closest to the manipulation and ruthlessness I expected after reading The Likeness. Overall, however, the writing and character development shines, and I will undoubtedly read French's next book.

  8. Christine says:

    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 a relatively unlikeable character from her previous book to be the narrator and central character of her next. With most authors, I would think that would backfire, especially with readers like me who require a bond with the lead cast member to enjoy a book. But I have such faith in Tana French that I am willing to go down her road. I did not like Frank Mackey in The Likeness. Not one bit. But there was no way I could abandon Tana, so I took a deep breath and went with it. Though Frank is still not my favorite character of all time, I now respect him and care enough for him to say I’m going to miss him. I feel I really know him and understand him after reading Faithful Place.

    I knocked a half star off my rating as it took a while for me to engage in Frank’s story, expressly because I wasn’t his fan. I soon came over to his side and at that point went all in on the story. And what a story it is. So many themes, nearly all revolving around family. Desperation, fear, regret, ectasy, agony, love and hate. The what ifs, the coulda beens, the now whats.

    The last 30% of the book is a glorious treasure trove of info dumping and character development. What a powerful combination in my eyes. Talk about being in the zone with a book. I didn’t want it to end.

    So book #4 is featuring a character from Faithful Place who I don’t care one wit about. But I can’t wait to read it. Tana French is that good.

    If you have not read Tana French, you are tragically missing out. I rounded my star rating to 5 stars as this book is so not a 4-star read. Of note, this particular installment can easily be read as a standalone. I don’t say that lightly as I am a strict read-in-order type of gal. But this book has absolutely nothing to do with Frank’s last case (The Likeness), which by the way could be my favorite book of all time. So no good reason to skip it. But if you want to read The Likeness, make sure you do read In the Woods first. Whatever you do, give this series a try.

  9. Lyn says:

    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 narrator in the next entry, 2012’s Broken Harbor.

    Though her previous two books were set in Ireland and captured the heart and soul of that culture, she never got as close to brilliant characterization as she does here. These characters live and breathe and the dialogue seems spot on. When I get lost in a story, forgetting momentarily that I am reading, then that author is more than doing her job. French delivers.

    Blending elements of James Joyce’s Dubliners short story “Eveline” and scenes from J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, French describes a murder cold case that is personal to the hero. Frank Mackey left home more than 20 years ago and vowed to never go back. His was a stereotypical poor Irish Catholic dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic and abusive father and a long suffering, verbally abusive mother. His was the neighborhood that he did not want his current friends and associates to know from where he had come. So when a discovery brings him back, he finds himself and his daughter caught up in a hypnotically entertaining dramatic thriller.

    The last quarter of the book was read in one sitting. The rain was falling in the twilight and I sat drinking a tumbler of Tullamore Dew while I was entranced and enthralled by French’s masterful storytelling ability.

    Highly recommended.


  10. Erin says:

    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 family story with vibrant characters that are unforgettable.

    Faithful Place refers to the Dublin neighborhood where the main protagonist, Frank Mackey, undercover cop and father of the most adorable little girl, Holly, finds himself returning to his past and his estranged family. At the center of the story is the reappearance of items belonging to Frank's first love, a young woman that Frank thought had run away to London without him. Frank, along with his grown siblings, and the Murder Squads Scorcher Kelly ( Broken Harbour, Book 4) begin to wonder what really happened to Rosie Daly?

    Beautifully written, witty (and sometimes) dark humor, 400 pages of a Tana French novel appear to pass on the blink of an eye. Love, love, love this series!

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