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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tana French Narrator: Tim Reynolds Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dublin Murder Squad Series Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781449840075
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With the opening of the third novel, featuring the Dublin Murder Squad, Faithful Place sets nineteen year old Frank Mackey to waiting for Rosie. They are supposed to run away together to London, but this wait may be in vain.

When Frank thinks he has merely fallen for a girl who has forgotten him, his unrequited love, he leaves for Dublin instead, assuming he will never return.

Years pass and now that Frank is a detective, he returns to his old neighborhood only to find that Rosie's suitcase is left in an abandoned house. What has become of Rosie, and what is the truth about that fateful night they could have shared, so long ago?

With her pointed, yet humorous dialogue and her scathing, acerbic wit, French continues to entertain with Faithful Place.

Tana French was born in the United States in 1973, but was raised in Ireland, Italy, the U.S., and Malawi. Her father, a resource management economist for developing nations, moved the family often, and exposed his children to many diverse cultures. French studied acting at Trinity College in Dublin. French has citizenship in the US, Italy, and Ireland. A novelist and a theatrical actress, French made her debut as a writer with the psychological mystery In the Woods, which won best first novel in the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards. She is married and has a daughter and works in theatre, film, and voiceover, while continuing to write.

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, nineteen-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return. Years later, though, Rosie’s suitcase is found in an abandoned house, and Frank, now a detective, returns to his old neighborhood to learn the truth of that long-ago night.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part Raymond Chandler, part Roddy Doyle, crime fiction’s rising star takes it into mesmerizing new territory…French’s hypnotic storytelling remains in full force in this novel…Faithful Place is wrenching to a degree that detective fiction rarely achieves…French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it’s only growing more miraculous with every book.”

    Salon

  • “Tana French is back with a brilliant thriller in Faithful Place. Hard-edged and smart, like the scene-stealing detective at the center of this haunting novel, the book is a stunning tale of love and betrayal.”

    Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With French’s masterly portrayal of family dynamics and responsibility and her adept depiction of young love and parental devotion, fans are unlikely to miss Maddox, the protagonist of her first two New York Times bestsellers. Psychological suspense at its best.”

    Library Journal

  • “A pitch-perfect narrative voice and a family dynamic that will ring true to anyone who’s come from a sprawling, disorganized household.”

    Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The voice is what grabs you first. It belongs to our narrator, Frank Mackey, a police detective in Dublin…Frank’s voice is so wry, bitter, and just plain alive that when I finished Faithful Place and began writing this review, I had to think for a long blank minute about the name of the author. To do that, I first had to remember that Frank was created, not real. My naive lapse was a tribute to Tana French’s extraordinary gifts, and her name should be writ large on every mystery lover’s must-read list.”

    Washington Post

  • “Expertly rendered, gripping…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

  • “The charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[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

  • Selected for the July 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 2/18/2014

    " This was a very suspense filled noval!! It kept you guessing and your heart was right in the middle of the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " What a great trip to Dublin. The language and the characters are, well, you know yourself. The mystery grounded in first love and dysfunctional family was well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NG | 1/29/2014

    " Great characters, terrific setting, believable and real unfolding of events. Mackey is a wonderful character, fresh and raw and real and consistent in an honest and hard way. One could fall a little bit in love with him on the page. And how he/French speaks about and inhabits the different kinds of love-- for Rosie, for Holly, for Liv, all fierce and stunning and part of life-- makes you recognize and remember each emotion. Even if the ending felt a little bit like an ending by accident, French is a dynamite writer who carried me away with all the pieces that matter-- heartbeat, heartache, and heart song. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elise Thanasouras | 1/28/2014

    " Sorry, didn't like it at all (4/11) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/21/2014

    " very enjoyable mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maegan | 1/18/2014

    " After reading Broken Harbor I was confused as to the popularity of French's writing. After the urging from another reader I decided to give French another try. Admittedly I did like this book better. French does know how to create engaging stories and characters and interesting mysteries. However, while her characters are rich with motive and heartbreaking personal stories I still have issue with how French's characters interact with each other. All her characters have incredibly linear conversations where intention, motive and action are all laid out in incredible detail. I appreciate that she is trying to be true to human nature and the complicated dynamics of dysfunctional families. But in reality dysfunctional families don't communicate with each other with such honesty. I appreciated the interior life of Francis, but as soon as he started receiving the abruptly honest explanations from his family I had a hard time accepting the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathiepie | 1/16/2014

    " It was engaging, had to keep reading to see 'who done it', but it was more a commentary on the life of the Irish on the other side of the track - not the 'lace curtain'. Takes place in Dublin and the Irish idioms need some getting used to. For those of Irish descent, it brings us home to our ancestors, and I wonder what it was like for them. I hope it was better that the Mackey family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/13/2014

    " Tana French is a very smart writer. I love her approach to class issues in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/7/2014

    " I love this book. It's about the Murder Squad in Dublin, Ireland. Since I've been there it was cool to know some of the landmarks mentioned and I understood alot of the lingo. This is the 3rd book Tana French book about the Murder Squad. Each book focuses on a different main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/13/2013

    " Tana French just my be my new favorite author! This is the 3rd book I've read by her and each one was better than the last (and the first I read was a 5-star rated book)! Love the style of writing and the depth of her characters. Can't wait to read her next book(s). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rina | 12/10/2013

    " a little too long but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lautenbacher | 12/7/2013

    " Another great mystery by Tana French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 11/20/2013

    " Possibly my favorite of the four Tana French mysteries so far. Deeply real feeling, and a pleasure to feel you are entering the Dublin she's created in description and colloquial dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thyra | 11/7/2013

    " Her books are top-notch. This one is no exception, unfortunately, I sort of figured out what I thought was going on quite early in the book. I don't think it was obvious, but I do think if you've read enough of her books, it might be evident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 7/25/2013

    " I like Tana French.. a lot. but I haven't liked anything by her as much as In the Woods.. I'm hoping Broken Harbour will top the first in this series though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kym | 7/24/2013

    " Always brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 2/6/2013

    " Another great French book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 8/4/2012

    " First Tana French book I have read. Absolutely loved it. What she does with the characters is amazing. I will definitely read the other three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 5/19/2012

    " This was a well written book that I never really got in to. Unlike Tana French's previous two books this one was not an edge of the seat page turner. Not that it has to be this way, it was just that I wanted it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 4/27/2012

    " Really more like 3.5 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Williams | 2/20/2012

    " Started out interesting and then it became slow drudgery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/25/2011

    " Everything Tana French has done is perfect. This book has layers of subtlety that start to appear at the end. Also, she is very faithful to her characters, and they are so consistent, so much so that it kind of surprises you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Cerrato | 6/5/2011

    " Another amazing mystery from Tana French. Her mysteries have so many layers and delve into relationships in a way that leaves you thinking about the story long after it ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 5/23/2011

    " It was good enough to read all the way through but I could easily have walked away and not cared "who done it." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NuevoRain | 5/23/2011

    " I love her characterizations. Impossible to believe that Frank came from this home. Mystery was not too mysterious, but rather in love with Frank by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/22/2011

    " She can't write a bad book. Bring me more!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trissa | 5/20/2011

    " Fine, ok. Hated it at the end because I knew Shay did it. Really good fiction considering it's a mystery. Cliche of detective was like the dog being the hero in "dancing in the Rain." It was cheezy but you loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/19/2011

    " LOVED IT! This one's her best yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/18/2011

    " i have enjoyed all three of her books. I liked the setting of Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyg | 5/18/2011

    " Thought this was good questionable language. Had me wanting to continue reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 5/13/2011

    " I couldn't finish it, did not like at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/12/2011

    " Love how her writing makes you feel like you're in Ireland "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carli | 5/11/2011

    " The third and most recent of French's novels, I found this one satisfying but very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 5/10/2011

    " This is a murder mystery, but so much more. I loved it. This is the 2nd book of hers that I've read - also read The Likeness a few years ago. I love the way she weaves her stories together and how rich all the characters are. Great author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 5/10/2011

    " I don't really like murder mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/9/2011

    " I just could not get into this book like I did the other 2. I didn't like how the other 2 books didn't come into play ever (like they did in The Likeness) and that I knew who did it from the very beginning. Still entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, and The Secret Place. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

About the Narrator

Tim Reynolds trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut. Tim has become an established audiobook narrator. Titles include The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr, The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín, The Infernals by John Connolly, the latter half of Hugh Howey’s epic Sci-Fi series Wool, and Michael J. Sullivan’s bestselling Riyria Revelations. In 2010, he received an Audiofile Earphone award for the thriller Faithful Place by Tana French. In 2013, he was nominated for an Audie Award for work in the Fantasy genre.