Faithful Place ~~ Tana French

Faithful Place by Tana French
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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  • Published:
    Jul-2010 (Hardcover)
    Jun-2011 (Paperback)
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    18 & up
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With all of the publicity of Tana French's "Faithful Place," I was anxious to read it. The promise of a story based on a dysfunctional family in Dublin, Ireland, fascinated me.

This is a story about a family with an abusive, alcoholic father, a mother who acts like a mob boss in her home and with the adult children having antagonist feelings about each other.

When he was age nineteen, Frank Mackey snuck out of his poverty filled home. He was to meet his girlfriend, Rosie Daly. They planned to elope to London.

Rosie never arrived. Despondent, Frank couldn't face going home. He moved in with some younger people and later joined the police.

Since Rosie had left a note that she'd return some day, Frank always kept a place in his heart for her and never loved anyone as much.

A quarter of a century later, Rosie's suitcase is found in an old house and Frank decides to look into this himself. Then, confirming his worst fears, a decomposed body is found.

As with the author's other work, this is a literary, plot driven novel. We observe life in a family that has more than its share of issues and see how Frank looks into his past while attempting to deal with his feelings toward his family and the live he could have had.

Even though Frank is a dark character and the novel slowed down toward the middle, I felt compelled by this story and wanted to see how the mystery was resolved.
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