Faithful Place ~ Tana French
Nobody understands that you can’t go home again like Detective Frank Mackey. Of course, he’d also spit back at you, “Why in bleedin’ell would yeh want teh?” faster than the thought could cross your sorry mind.
After high-tailing it out of dodge (a.k.a. the happily grimy, crimey Faithful Place) with his love and life, Rosie, near a quarter decade ago, Frank has been peacefully losing himself in other folks’ miseries with the help of his Undercover squad, in Dublin. No big worry that Rosie never did meet up with him the night he left. They were young. They both left town and, together or apart, they both made a worthy departure from a life dripping in backwater.
He remains blissfully out of touch with his old life, aside from a stray sister, here and there, for a fabulously long time until fate comes calling at exactly the wrong time.
His less estranged little sibling, Jackie, rings him, one night to tell him that he needs to return to their old stomping grounds.
Some neighborhood kids have found a little something that might interest Frank enough to wrench him back through the perils of family life.
It turns out that Rosie’s suitcase never actually made it out of Faithful Place.
Of course, this begs the question: Did Rosie?
Look, I know you’re all terribly sick of my drawn out, one-sided love affair with Tana French but, honestly, I feel like I deserve a little bit of credit, here. I don’t think I’m out of line in saying that she’s just that good.
My favorite thing about all three of her books is the way the stories, past, present, right or left, are not so much about the linear plot as they are about fleshing out each subject’s thought process. In Faithful Place, as in her previous two novels, there is little emphasis on the actual whodunit as there is a natural solve rate embedded in the unfolding of events within hearts and minds involved in the story.
I can’t say that Faithful Place is, hands down, “the best” because I think that all three books stand alone. Yes, you can read them individually, at any order you please (although to get the most of Rob and Cassie, you really should read In the Woods then The Likeness), but I’m warning you: after reading any of the above, but, I’d venture to say, especially Faithful Place, you may fall desperately out of love with any book, especially crime related, not put forth by the lovely Mrs. French.