|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.|
Faithful Place by Tana French - Book Review
By: Jack Goodstein Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 6/29/2010 2:01 AM
|What Ian Rankin has been doing for Edinburgh, Tana French is doing for Dublin. Its pubs and tenements, its back yard gardens with converted jacks, and newly gentrified neighborhoods provide a setting that is as much a dynamic cityscape for the mayhem of her thrillers, as the alleys and landmarks of Edinburgh do for the investigations of Inspector Rebus. The Dublin of her crime fiction has the kind of impact that Dublin has in the stories of James Joyce: the rundown fair in "Araby" and the laundry in "Clay." French's Dublin is city that grabs its inhabitants by the scruff and holds on to them. If as Heraclitus has said character is fate, Dublin's fair city is clearly where that character is created....read the full review|
Customer Reviews of Faithful Place
A great third installment9/20/2010
In the third installment of the Irish detective mystery, French follows Det. Sgt. Francis (Frank) Mackey who ran the undercover operation in The Likeness. In the former, you knew that Mackey's marriage was over and that he was a hard man. He admits it here and links all his failed relationships to Faithful Place, the tenement-like development on the wrong side of the river in Dublin. He, his 4 siblings, abusive mother, and alcoholic father shared a two room apartment. The father, always out of work and drunk is physically abusive to all, unhappy with his life. The mother, unhappy with the choices she made, takes it out on the kids. Frank, desperate to stop the cycle, makes a choice with his first love Rose Daly...to run away to England and become roadies. But on that fateful night, Rose never shows up. He finds a note saying she's left for England and assumes that Rose left w/o him. This rejection, he blames on his family and their nefarious reputation in the 'hood. So he leaves anyway. 22 years later, Frank admits that his failed relationships all come down to the fact that he's waiting for Rose to return. But she doesn't. Because she can't. Her suitcase and tickets are found in a one of the broken down units the kids always hung out in. It's fairly obvious that Rose never left Faithful Place. But when her body is found, he has no choice but to finally return "home" and face ever bad memory he has. His older siblings are more bitter, the younger ones doing ok, the parents worse than ever. But when his younger brother Kevin is found having plummeted to his death out of the same unit that Rose's body is found, Frank has to come to face facts: Rose's murder is Kevin's and he is still a threat. But can he accept the source of the threat? Or is the source all too believable? French continues to shine with her thorough analysis into human nature.
Tana French does it again!9/3/2010
I love the way she writes - she holds your attention from the beginning. It's the kind of book you want to go on longer because it's so good!