#456 ~ Faithful Place

Faithful Place by Tana French

Published by: Viking

Published on: July 13, 2010

Page Count: 400

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com via monthly credit

Audiobook Published by: Recorded Books

Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Audiobook Length: 16 hours 17 minutes

Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook

Beward: This review contains my new favorite cuss phrase which, being Irish, is something that this American girl could never get away with saying out loud.

Summary from the Publisher

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin’s inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she’d dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again.

Neither did Rosie. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he’s a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.

My Review

I freaking loved this book! And to think that I put off reading Faithful Place for almost exactly two full years because I couldn’t see what might have been interesting about a novel focused on Frank Mackey. I admit it. I knew sweet fuck all about Frank Mackey and the stories he could tell. I will be forever grateful that Tana French is a forgiving author. She allowed both a hardcover and an audiobook copy languish on my respective shelves without letting her distinctive writing and nail biting storytelling expire.

Tim Gerard Reynolds knocked my socks off. His voice is fantastic and I loved the way he interpreted French’s dialog. I was sold well before his work on one of the novel’s most pivotal and tense scenes had me paralyzed* behind the wheel of my car, unable to breathe because it felt as though I was in the room with the characters. It was intense and sensational. This is the first time I’ve ever listened to one of his audiobooks. As God as my witness, it will not be the last.

I finished this audiobook with a sigh and a thankful heart. To have not read this book would have been to miss out on a reading experience to treasure. If you haven’t already, you simply must read Faithful Place.


* No worries. I was parked. Had I not been, I would have pulled over. I listen and drive responsibly.


  • At 2012.08.24 08:58, bermudaonion(Kathy) said:

    Ti sent me the first book in this series years ago and I haven’t read it yet. What is wrong with me?

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    • At 2012.08.24 10:13, Juju @ Tales of Whimsy.com said:

      Oooo sounds amazing. Now I want to know what happened to Rosie.

      • At 2012.08.24 10:41, Michelle said:

        I’m so glad to hear this. I’m behind on this one. I have the next book by her waiting. I think I should do audio with this one. Thanks for the great review!

        • At 2012.08.24 12:23, Sandy said:

          OMG this audio. Holy crap. Reynolds’ voice is enough to just make me RIP my clothes off. The tension, the plotting, the chemistry between the characters (which I feel is French’s finest talent) just make this an amazing book. See I will only listen to her books on audio, because she has the best narrators. I am currently number 3 on hold for her new book. I’m getting twitchy.

          • At 2012.08.24 12:51, Amy @ My Friend Amy said:

            I really need to get around to reading her books!

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            • At 2012.08.24 18:29, Stephanie said:

              I love a good mystery, and you make this book sound like a “must read.” I’m adding it to my list as we speak. 🙂

              • At 2012.08.25 07:49, Karen said:

                I loved this book, as well. The audio version sounds amazing! I’m going to make a note of the narrator for future reference. Thanks for the tip!

                • At 2012.08.25 18:17, Marg said:

                  I am reading this at the moment and really loving the story! Like you I had put it off for a couple of years but I don’t really know why!

                  • At 2012.08.25 20:45, Anita said:

                    Ok, I admit I’ve not read or listened to any Tana French…but I feel like I need to now. I have audible credits, better get cracking!! Thanks for a great review…and oh my language…LOL!!!

                    • At 2012.08.25 22:38, Patti Smith said:

                      Oh my! You were paralyzed and Sandy wants to rip her clothes off…this guy I’ve got to listen to 😉
                      I too have missed out on Tanya French and every time I read a review or see an ad for one of her books (especially the newest, Broken Harbor), I slap myself on the head. I’ve just got to get one of these and give it a whirl! 🙂 Great review!

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