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The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. 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 re-evaluate everything he believes to be true.

©2010 Tana French (P)2011 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Realistic characters, but mediocre story

After the Likeness I was ready to give up on Tana French, but since I had already purchased the first few books I wanted to give it another chance. This novel is a lot better, but I have to admit still not entirely my cup of tea. I prefer detective stories or cop novels, and these novels are more ‘drama’ than story. There’s realistic character development, but not much else. No tension, and the story doesn’t draw you in. It sort of reminds me of those Catherine Cook novels but with less storyline. It’s okay, the writing is solid, but it doesn’t blow me away.

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I’ve read a lot of books ...

I’m telling you, this is a good one.

Word word word word word word word

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Brilliant.......again

Tana French is in a league of her own. Books keep getting better. Gerry O’Brien as narrator , is in a league of his own. I look forward to the next book where either of the two are involved

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Irish speaker adds authenticity

loved it. bittersweet story though. can almost feel myself experiencing his life. never sure how it's gong to end.

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predictable ending

written in the first person, the main character tends to repeat himself and his feelings quite a lot. it is a bit rambling, and by the time it gets interesting, you`ve very likely managed to work out the guilty party for yourself. also, the story and the cast are not coherent or harmonious. I would not recommend buying it, although i liked tana french`s "in the woods" a lot.

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  • s.e.ryder
  • 06-04-12

Fabulous

I listen to a lot of crime/thriller books on here and I suppose I am always drawn to authors that are well reviewed and notable, therefore for me this was a risk...but I am so glad and so thrilled to find a book that was entertaining and with believable characters and brilliant dialog. It's a must and I will definitely seek out more by Tana French and anything read by Gerry O'Brien will get my vote...he is nothing short of excellent!! Thank you !

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  • Laura
  • 07-21-12

Pacey and Irish

Being from Dublin, I probably enjoyed this book more than someone who is not. But its such a buzz after years of listening to American murder mysteries to hear one in local accents based on totally believable, dysfunctional stereotypical characters. The book itself gets straight to the point and packs more than a few punches. Thoroughly enjoyable escapist stuff.

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-27-13

More than a crime novel

Having enjoyed the author's excellent crime novel, Broken Harbour, I hoped this would be as good: and it is. Although the narrative is carried along by the investigation of a crime perpetrated 20 years earlier, the book offers much more. It is highly evocative of Dublin life and its inhabitants of different generations. The listener is drawn into the lives of the characters such that I felt I was hearing about real people. A feeling reinforced by the immediacy of the dialogue given different voices by the excellent narrator.

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  • Val
  • 10-28-12

Brilliant

This book was so good I didn't want it to finish. I miss the voice of Gerry O'Brien now. He was wonderful to listen to. The story was great. I wish I could listen to it again as new.

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  • Mrs. F. Thomson
  • 07-08-13

Loved the story, great narrator

Where does Faithful Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the characters, the mystery and the relationships and the twists and turns in a great story.

What does Gerry O'Brien bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Gerry made this book for me. He was so nice to listen to, loved his accent and he read it so well. I looked to see if he had narrated any more and was a bit disappointed to find he hadn't done any more of Tana French books.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did love this story. I listened continuously for hours, couldn't wait to hear what happened next.

Any additional comments?

I loved these characters, I really wanted to read some more, follow these characters, but as far as I know there are no follow up books. Perhaps in the future?

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  • Mrs
  • 10-17-12

Another excellent Tana French

Having listened to Broken Harbour, I thought nothing could be as good, however I think Faithful Place was better. Another brilliant narration lifted the story, and the characters were brought to life really well.The plot developed well and I was really sorry when I reached the end.

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  • bennieblue
  • 01-02-13

Fab listen

I loved this book, so much about Ireland and a few families and their lives. The story was very good kept reading it as I could not stop. The narrator was also very good, could listen to him for ages.

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  • MAGGS
  • 10-10-16

Faithful Place - intriguing storyline

Faithful Place - intriguing storyline
Loved the narrators lovely Irish accent
Families at war, enjoyed listening to this book although it felt like
It was such a shame that family drift apart for so long.

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  • D Turnpenney
  • 02-26-16

Great story and narration

In depth story of family relationships and police investigations. Wonderful narration. I loved it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-20

Brilliant & Beautiful

This is hands down the best book I have ever listened to. Beautifully written, sad, passionate and thought provoking.
it would make a great movie.
It made me homesick for my lovely Dublin x

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  • Nola238
  • 10-13-16

well written, well read

fascinating plot and moments of laugh-out-loud humour -- a rare treat in a crime fiction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

What a read!!

Just loved this book full of the flavours of the hard life of the poor Irish and a family fractured by domestic violence and the dreams of a better life torn to shreds.. so real! So well written and read

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  • oneofthe band
  • 05-25-21

brilliant story and performance.

Brilliant story and performance. Very evocative and scenes with great humour where I laughed out load. Also scenes which brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Kieran
  • 05-01-21

Brilliant story

Best book I have heard
A must hear
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Highly recommend

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  • Georgiana Archer
  • 11-19-20

Excellent plot and characters, engaging

This was the first book I have read/listened to by Tana French and it absolutely turned me into a fan. Her characters are so complex and real that I went searching to see if this was based on true crime. I would love to know how French keeps track of such a complex and intricate plot, she must have an incredible mind to write these stories.

I struggle to find novels that engage me as this one did as I lose interest very quickly. This one kept me interested to the last word.

I also enjoyed the narrator who reads beautifully.

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  • MISS
  • 07-19-20

A Good Book

Interesting story, not the best in the Dublin Murder Squad series. The historic detail about The Liberties ( part of Dublin) is really interesting, and details Dublin’s inner city working class area and the tight knit community. Still worth a read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-20

Loved the book and the narration

Keep me engrossed till end. Just not sure about the ending.... Who killed Kevin??!! But that could just be me!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-20

Great

The reader was engaging and had the rhythm of the story early into the reading ..
This is,a good story to listen to while in the garden etc.

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  • anna
  • 02-01-18

great Irish read

What made the experience of listening to Faithful Place the most enjoyable?

the Irish accents and descriptions of the place with the whole disfunctional family thrown in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Faithful Place?

the family dinner which was loved and hated by all the family members.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

get me out of here

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  • Kate Jepp
  • 01-31-18

Well worth a credit

Beautifully written, beautifully read...authentically Irish, but accessible to any reader. A riveting combination of crime, family secrets and family bonds.