Faithful Place by Tana French
Published by: Viking
Published on: July 13, 2010
Page Count: 400
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.
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.