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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340977604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340977606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify (Guardian)

Even more gripping than her last two. A truly amazing novel - so brilliant on dysfunctional family dynamics, with characters so real that you can hardly believe someone's made them up. (Sophie Hannah)

A gripping, literate thriller laced with black humour (Irish Times)

Gripping. Tana French's third novel hooks the reader from the outset; the characters are masterfully drawn, and the author's ear for Dublin dialogue is pitch-perfect. (Irish Independent)

The first thing that Ms. French does so well in "Faithful Place" is to inhabit fully a scrappy, shrewd, privately heartbroken middle-aged man. The second is to capture the Mackey family's long-brewing resentments in a way that's utterly realistic on many levels. Sibling rivalries, class conflicts, old grudges, adolescent flirtations and memories of childhood violence are all deftly embedded in this novel, as is the richly idiomatic Dublinese. (New York Times)

If you're only going to buy one thriller this year, let it be Tana French's Faithful Place. Searing, utterly Dub, and very funny . . . Tana French, Dublin author of international hits . . . is a wonder. Just don't plan anything if you pick this up; you won't be able to put it down. (Evening Herald (Dublin))

Tana French revisits, evocatively and lyrically, themes she's used before: love, loss, memory, murder, and life in modern Ireland. French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet. (Booklist)

Charming - will leave readers begging for a sequel (Kirkus Reviews)

Faithful Place is Tana French's best book yet (readers familiar with "In the Woods" and "The Likeness" will recognize this as an incredible feat), a compelling and cutting mystery with the hardscrabble, savage Mackey clan at its heart. (amazon.com Best Book of the Month July 2010)

The plot is finely judged and Frank's voice is mordant, funny and true. (Psychologies Magazine)

"I loved this book. Great characters, gripping plot and a real 'lose yourself in it' world". (Bookersatz)

'From sentence one Faithful Place is a pleasure to read; it is atmostperic, insightful and poignant and fully deserving of any plaudits surely to come its way'. (Crime Squad)

'Mesmerising and impressively written, you won't put this fab thriller down'. (Closer)

...a real page turner (Star Magazine)

'...you can't help but enjoy the ride'. (News of the World)

'French's deftly crafted prose is lit with a poetic melancholy and lilts with the vernacular of the Dublin streets, giving this gripping story a genuin immediacy'. (Marie Claire)

French copperfastens her reputation as an author of exceptional insight and talent. (Sunday Independent)

She lifts the lid on Dublin and offers a haunting portrait of a man belatedly dealing with his demons (Mail on Sunday)

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A compelling, edgy psychological mystery from one of the most exciting new thriller voices and the acclaimed author of IN THE WOODS

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Kelly on 22 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I read "Into the Woods" and really enjoyed it then bought "The Likeness" which bored me so much I gave up half way through. Then with much trepidation bought "Faithful Place" WOW what a tale I was hooked immediately. The characters are brilliantly drawn and totally true to life (I am a Dubliner myself) and I was so moved by the love story between Frank & Rosie it brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I did however guess the killer quite early on but this in no way put me off the story. Tana's understanding of Dublin and particularly in the 1980's is spot on, not sure if she lived there then or not and her portrayal of a family from Dublin's poorer district's is totally authentic. I don't live in Dublin any longer but the book transported me back so well I could even smell the hops from the Guinness factory. Well done Tana, more please.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Care Bear on 30 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I found this book compulsive from the opening sentence onwards, to the very last page. I have read one of her other books, 'The Likeness' which was strong on many levels, but this gripped far more than that book did, much as I enjoyed the way French played with the idea of doubles in 'The Likeness'. 'Divorced Cop' is a cliche, what French does is turn the cliche inside out so that the first murder is the catalyst for a much bigger story, told in retrospect, about how a deeply unhappy family might contribute to the potential for divorce and estrangement, never mind the motivation for becoming a policeman, and how the unhappy family background and police work combined would strain the most committed of marraige partnerships. The portrayal of the Frank Mackey is humane-ness itself, tested by an inhumane situation.

As for predictability, some will guess who did what and when they did it fairly early in, but the point is more why they did it, which is where the compulsion comes into the reading of it. One of the reasons Greek Tragedy has lasted is because the plots are about 'why' rather than 'how' or 'when', character rather than procedural details, and those tragedies were about invoking catharsis. The family at the centre of this story, and the street on which they live, are hewn out tragedy, and have a strong sense of spiking each other's chances from before birth onwards. I am sure French kept a note book of the aggressive vernacular working class phrases which fit the Dublin she portrays, which particularly delighted me. Even now, though, I would not like to think of or count the number of expletives in the book, nor the number of seperate portrayals of domestic violence, or times when drink put reason and calm to sleep.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Niall Alexander on 17 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Tana French has been a cut above from the word go. Her haunting debut In the Woods left no doubt in my mind that a distinctive new voice in crime fiction had spoken up, demanding a fair hearing, and though French's next novel had its issues - perhaps The Likeness was a touch too Murder She Wrote in the belief-beggaring mystery of coincidence at its core - nevertheless its was a gripping read, so taut and thrilling and refreshingly character-driven most longtime crime writers would have stood to learn a thing or two from it.

Well you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Faithful Place in French's best yet, and by a country mile. With a brilliantly conflicted new protagonist to come to grips with, and a grim new neighbourhood with its very own closet full of skeletons to explore, the Irish import of the hour ably breaks away from the pack, delivering an unabashedly heartfelt portrait of a people, a place, and a time.

Twenty years ago, Frank Mackey planned to escape Faithful Place with his gorgeous girlfriend, Rosie Daly. The son and the daughter of two tight-knit families at war with one another over a long-forgotten grudge, these star-cross'd lovers had hoped to run away from the estate, to take off towards the bright city lights of London and never return. In secret the pair packed their bags, arranged with great care a rendezvous point from which they would stage their daring flight, and bided their sweet time.

But come the appointed hour, there was no sign of Rosie. Frank waited for her the whole night through... but nothing. And with the dawning of the next day came the dawning realisation that the love of his life had stood him up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2010
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This is special. I'm new to Tana French, despite this being her third novel, but she is clearly an exceptionally gifted storyteller. Not so much for the story itself - although that element is very good anyway - but for the way she tells it, for her skills as a writer are right up there with the very best. It's a tale worth treasuring for all aspiring authors, because in many ways this is a classy demonstration of how it should be done, with quality on every single page.

The story is relatively simple at first glance. Set mainly in the present day in a tough, close-knit community in Dublin, it occasionally looks back 22 years to the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of Frank Mackey's first love Rosie, on the eve of their secret elopement to England. Today Frank is 41, divorced, works as an undercover cop and has been living in another part of Dublin for all of those two decades and more, not wanting to return to the road in which he grew up - Faithful Place - because of the many painful memories it holds for him, his lost love being not the only one. His father has a long history of domestic violence, and deep-rooted feuds among and between close neighbours still hold true after all these years. But an unexpected phone call from one of his sisters brings Frank back to his spiritual home for a reunion with his family that he neither expected nor wanted. A body has been found in a derelict house in Faithful Place, and the universal assumption from all involved is that it must be that of the departed Rosie Daly. If it is true, then the list of suspects is far from clear....
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