Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series #3)

Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series #3)

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by Tana French

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

Tana French's In the Woods and The Likeness captivated readers by introducing them to her unique, character-driven style. Her singular skill at creating richly drawn, complex…  See more details below


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

Tana French's In the Woods and The Likeness captivated readers by introducing them to her unique, character-driven style. Her singular skill at creating richly drawn, complex worlds makes her novels not mere whodunits but brilliant and satisfying novels about memory, identity, loss, and what defines us as humans. With Faithful Place, the highly praised third novel about the Dublin Murder squad, French takes readers into the mind of Frank Mackey, the hotheaded mastermind of The Likeness, as he wrestles with his own past and the family, the lover, and the neighborhood he thought he'd left behind for good.

Tana French's newest novel, The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Dublin Murder Squad Series , #3
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2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Faithful Place 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 416 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good news is that I couldn't put this book down; it's a real page-turner. The bad news: I'll probably have to wait another year, at least, for her next book. Count me a fan for life. I won't restate the story here; others have done that. I'll comment on the actual writing: The crisp style and brilliant dialogue capture the family relationships and pitfalls thereof in an amazingly accurate and pointed way. The Irish facility with expressive language and humor makes the dialogue absolutely sparkle. The police/crime aspect of the book is secondary to the character novel. Terrific job, Ms French - can't wait for your next one!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Tana French. If you loved In the Woods, you will love this one too.
nancymitchell More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute pleasure to read. In this story, Frank Mackay returns home after a twenty year absence in order to solve the disappearance of an old flame. This is another emotionally gripping, who-dun-it that will leave you spellbound. Excellent!!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Frank and Rosie are head-over-heels in love. They make a plan to meet one night to run off together. Frank waits and waits for Rosie but she never shows up. He forces himself to move on but he never forgets Rosie. Years later, when Frank is working as a detective, he gets a shocking phone call from his sister. A suitcase has been found and it's Rosie. Shortly after this discovery, Rosie's body turns up. Frank is determined to find out what happened to the love of his life. I loved this book! It's a fantastic work of fiction by an extraordinary author. The way Tana weaves the whole story together is amazing. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for her fans.
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
We discover more about Frank Mackey from French's IN THE WOODS, his divorce, his daughter and his dysfunctional family. This is an exciting tale of secrets, betrayals and hope. Past and present meet in Ireland where Mackey, a middle-aged, rough and tumble Irish cop, tries to solve the 20 year old cold case murder of his former girlfriend. This is a murder mystery but the killer is revealed early on, if the reader catches it, so it is not so much in who did it but in why. There's humor, but it's a little dark, never-the-less, it helps to lift the books spirit. Mackey's feelings for Rosie have been a huge roadblock in his life that prevented him from having a normal relationship with people. The reader will mourn Rosie and feel sorry for Mackey. Really good!! Other good ones: EXPLOSION IN PARIS THE ONE THAT I WANT TIME OF MY LIFE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Tana French Must read!! This book was great, a real page-turner. I stayed up all night reading it! The characters are people you can relate to. This book has the ability to funny and touching at the same time. I highly reccomend French's other two books too, The Likeness and In The Woods. Can't wait for her next book!!
Johnette More than 1 year ago
I've read all three of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books and I can only hope that she doesn't ever stop writing. I can't wait for the next book. Unfortunately, No. 3 just came out so I'll have to do some waiting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
French's stories tend to be gritty, and reality can be hard to find, which is what I love about her. Faithful Place has wonderfully sharp dialog and characters, but I missed the sense of not really knowing what was going on. I felt like I had too much information, and thus some of the charm of the mystery was gone. One of her best qualities as a writer is the ability to leave open ended thoughts in the reader's mind, so that they think about it for months afterward, and I missed that in this story. Its still a great read.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Set in Dublin, young sweethearts Frank Mackey and Rosie Daly plan to run away to England. They want a better life for themselves and Rosie's father hates the Mackeys, forbidding her to have anything to do with Frank. When Rosie doesn't show up on the night they plan to leave, Frank begins his own journey believing that Rosie has dumped him. Flash forward twenty-two years; Frank is working as an undercover detective when he receives a call from his sister that Rosie's suitcase has been found. He's quickly embroiled in trying to find out what happened to Rosie as well as confronting the very destructive and dysfunctional family he left so many years ago. Nicely written, but with a predictable ending, you could do worse than spend a hot summer afternoon unravelling the mystery of FAITHFUL PLACE. Lynn Kimmerle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tana French is a tremendous writer with an uncanny, almost cinematic, ear for dialogue. Having spent time in Ireland, I can close my eyes and almost hear these characters. While the entire Dublin Murder Squad series is terrific ("The Likeness" being the other real standout), this is, by far, the best. Whip-smart, crack pacing and while you may be able to figure out 'whodunit'--(it took me awhile however) it doesn't stop the sheer pleasure of the read. Vivid descriptions of Dublin and contemporary Ireland, and quite honestly, for all his faults, Frank, is a man I sincerely hope French revisits. He's mesmerizing--and since he also appears in "The Likeness" new French readers can back up and get to know him sooner. I cannot wait for "Broken Harbor."
Leigh Putnam More than 1 year ago
This story is not as detailed or sensory as the current popular crime stories about the character Lizbeth Salander and I'm not sure this book should be expected to have that kind of stylistic elan. None the less, this book has unique qualities for this genre. An NPR guest pegged it right when she said it would be a good 'Book Club' selection. It's worth would be enhanced by the questions and observations of others. Again, this book is above average. And sometimes above average is good enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. I am now about half way into the fourth one. I had a little bit of a rough time trying to keep up with the first one. It kind of went all over the place, but each one has gotten more compelling and more well written. She has found the groove. Enjoyable!
1kerfuffle More than 1 year ago
This book fell slightly short of my expectations. The writing is beautiful as ever and the attention to detail and character depth pulls you into a rich world. However, the murder mystery that hooks your attention is quickly overshadowed by the nuances of Detective Frank Mackey's family life. I was never very perplexed by the mystery - I correctly guessed who the culprit was almost immediately. The novel continuously seemed to over-exhaust uninteresting leads or questions that never truly puzzled me. Like all of French's books, FAITHFUL PLACE features incredibly well-developed characters. I may have enjoyed this one more had I approached it as a family drama instead of a mystery thriller.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
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!
kayandallie More than 1 year ago
The story was as good as usual but the main character was so negative and cynical that I could never like him or really believe that anyone who acted like he did could be at all successful in love or job. Reading his diatribes over and over got tiresome and I was just as happy when the book ended and he could go off and be miserable by himself without my having to read about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book, then bought the audiobook! The story is vivid, heartbreaking, humorous, and never borking. As a plus, the narrator on the audiobook had a perfect Frank Mackey Dublin brough. I can only hope that Tana French writes another novel, soon ! ( I enjoyed the others, spas well! )
fred5962 More than 1 year ago
This book was so suspenseful and misdirected that I had to read all other three of Tana French's books. You won't be able to put this book down until you reach the end.
Bridgegirlgr More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this authors writing style. Her words made me understand some things about my own family. Will definetly read more of her books.
stephanie8228 More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this book when it came out, and something else must have caught my eye and I never finished it. I picked it up again before Broken Harbor came out and once I did I did not stop. I really enjoy Tana's series and look forward to reading Broken Harbor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Altho the writing was still great, the story was just not up to par w/her last two novels, which I thought were phenomenal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an o.k. book. Was not what had expected, but still enjoyed reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt think this one would be great but of course it was.
steveforbertfan More than 1 year ago
This is the best police procedural I have ever read. The characters were so vividly drawn, it was all around a very good read.