Faithful Place by Tana French
I was a huge, huge fan of French's first two novels set in Ireland, In the Woods and The Likeness, so when I had the chance to purchase her latest hardback, I jumped at the chance.
This is a related-but-not story to the first two - Frank Mackey was a secondary character in the previous novels, but this one centers on him and a murder that was uncovered in "Faithful Place" - his familial stomping grounds - 20 years after it occured.
Oh, and the victim? Frank's girlfriend, whom he was running away to England with the night she disappeared.
Sounds like a great setup, right? So why did I struggle with this novel?
The writing is very dialect-driven, which is slow going to read; the Mackeys, frankly, aren't likable characters; Frank is sort of a jackass; the story is pretty ugly start to finish; and it was 22 years ago - who cares?
French's writing is still fantastic, and I'm sure this novel thrilled a lot of people, but it can't hold a candle to her first two. Give this one a pass - try the others! I can't recommend them enough!
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