Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Book - 2010
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The course of Frank Mackey's life was set when he was nineteen and his girlfriend failed to show up for their rendezvous to run away to London together. Frank never heard from her again but, working as a cop twenty years later, he receives a phone call announcing that her suitcase has been found.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2010
ISBN: 9780340977606
9780340977613
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FRE
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 24 cm
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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

Frank Mackey, now working as an underground cop, is unwillingly drawn back into the world of his dysfunctional family when a suitcase belonging to his girlfriend, who disappeared on the night they were to run away together, is found near their Dublin home. His determined search for revenge for he... Read More »


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JLMason
Mar 11, 2018

I admire the quality of the writing in her unflinching portrayal of a dysfunctional, unhappy, working class family in Dublin. The author also has a gift for rendering realistic dialogue and capturing accents. But the depressing story drags on too long, the characters are all unlikeable, and the likely killer is fairly obvious. Unpleasant with little satisfaction.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 23, 2017

This is my 4th book by this author. Her stories are unique and compelling, set in Dublin, Ireland and featuring the Murder Squad (homicide) and the Undercover Squad. I never quite know what to expect from her stories, they are all somewhat different and unpredictable. I truly enjoyed this book.

TSCPL_Miranda Jun 25, 2017

Gripping from the start, and hard to put down. The main character is complicated--admirable in some ways and irritating in others (like a lot of humans I know). The conclusion was satisfying and uplifting, and I immediately put another book by this author on hold.

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BS2736
Jun 23, 2016

Surely in Ireland children were/are taken away from such dysfunctional families and yes even foster care works! I'm willing to recognize that there are far too many parents who don't want anything near the best for their children but how she portrays individual parents makes no sense to me. She ought to write novels about psychopaths and how they were raised.

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4catsdogs
Nov 01, 2015

I read about a quarter of the book, by which time it was obvious who did it; and then the last two chapters. It was very slow and tedious. All of the males were nasty. The main character spoke a lot of flippant, smart-alec type dialogue in the manner of the worst American cop novels of decades ago. there was a lot of swearing, - necessary for the tough cop image I suppose - ho hum. Very disappointed in Tana French.

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pranum
Jul 13, 2015

Slow paced and I was able to skip 200 pages and still retain the flow of the story and enjoy the ending. Hope her later books are of more interest to me.

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harrissusanc
Dec 10, 2014

When murdered coveted love hits "Undercover" at home, he takes you through loss of love and life like he invented the feeling. If you think there's too much grit, keep reading. It's that place in himself he's faithful to.

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Pisinga
Oct 23, 2014

The narrative of the book is mostly built on dialogues. But through them you'll find explanation of everything that happens.As for the mystery - there are no surprises. Not a mystery at all.

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dondi49
Sep 11, 2014

#3 in series

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

Frank Mackey, now working as an underground cop, is unwillingly drawn back into the world of his dysfunctional family when a suitcase belonging to his girlfriend, who disappeared on the night they were to run away together, is found near their Dublin home. His determined search for revenge for her death costs both him and his family dearly and eventually justice is only served at a heartbreakingly high price.

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