Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #19: Faithful Place by Tana French


“Most people are only too delighted to wreck each other’s heads. And for the tiny minority who do their pathetic best not to, this world is going to go right ahead and make sure they do it anyway.”
Tana French’s Faithful Place (which I’ve been holding off reading because I knew I would devour it — and I was right) is technically third in her Dublin Murder Squad series, but you don’t have to read the first two to know what’s going on (you should anyway though — they rock).
Faithful Place centers around a character from her second novel, The Likeness: an undercover agent named Frank Mackey. Frank left his shitty home at age nineteen for the police force in England and hasn’t looked back. The girl (Rosie) who was supposed to go with him dumped him on the night they should have left together, plus his family is majorly screwed up, so he’s basically written off his hometown. He assumes Rosie went to England alone, and forgot all about him. That is, until his sister calls one night and says some neighborhood boys found Rosie’s suitcase from that night stuck in a chimney at their meeting place. Suddenly, it doesn’t look like Rosie got out.
Tana French is SUCH a good writer that it kind of stresses me out. Like her other novels (In the Woods & The Likeness), Faithful Place has a plot that just keeps moving, filled with well-fleshed out characters that behave in such realistic ways, if that makes sense. From Frank’s alcoholic, abusive father to his asshole ex-partner, French keeps people from becoming caricatures and makes them real. And the plot is appropriately twisted and unpredictable. Plus you can hear the Irish accents in her writing, which I love.
I (obviously) really enjoy Tana French’s writing, and would recommend anyone to pick up the Dublin Murder Squad books. Her books keep you on the edge of your seat and don’t let up. Word of advice: don’t start them at 10:00 at night.

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