Sunday, August 15, 2010

Review: Faithful Place by Tana French

Faithful Place

Faithful Place by Tana French

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another fantastic novel by Tana French. She never disappoints me! I have loved both of her previous novels and this one was just as good!

This novel focuses on Frank Mackey, the undercover detective from The Likeness. I am having a hard time giving an overview without giving anything away so I'm going to let Goodreads do it for me -

"The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for t ...more The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true."

First and foremost, I have to talk about how much I love Tana French's writing style. She is an amazing writer. She creates dialogue that blows me away. Something about her style, her choice of words, her pacing ... all of it, just speaks to me.

The story in this novel was done very well. I found it to be compelling and it kept my attention throughout the novel. Tana French's writing is the cherry on top! She's such a good writer - her ability to create characters through dialogue amazes me. The characters in this novel just jumped off the page at me and made me feel like I was right there with them! I was impressed at how well done each of them were - well rounded, flawed men and women who really kept my interest peaked. I should mention that the plot itself didn't necessarily blow my socks off but it was good. It wasn't the most unique plot in the history of the novel but it was just fine. This is the only reason that I didn't give this one 5 stars. It was close but not quite a 5!

I definitely recommend this novel (and the 2 previous Tana French novels). This novel is nothing short of good, solid storytelling!

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1 comment:

  1. This is an exciting tale of secrets, betrayals and hope. Past and present meet in Ireland where Mackey, a middle-aged, rough and tumble Irish cop, tries to solve the 20 year old cold case murder of his former girlfriend. This is a murder mystery but the killer is revealed early on, if the reader catches it, so it is not so much in who did it but in why. There's humor, but it's a little dark, never-the-less, it helps to lift the books spirit. Mackey's feelings for Rosie have been a huge roadblock in his life that prevented him from having a normal relationship with people.