Rating: 2 1/2 stars
At 19, Frank Mackey and Rosie Daly were secretly in love and planned to run away to England and start their life together. Waiting patiently at their appointed meeting place until morning, Rosie never came and Frank went on without her; never looking back.
Now, more than 20 years later, Frank finds himself right back in the middle of everything he ran away from, when Rosie Daly’s suitcase is found hidden in the chimney of one of the dilapidated apartments of Faithful Place; and, despite Frank’s assumption all these years, Rosie Daly isn’t living the good life in England.
Although I hadn’t read any of Tana French’s previous books—of which I’ve heard good things—I was really looking forward to reading Faithful Place. The story sounded intriguing and being written in an Irish brogue voice was a bonus.
However, regardless of my enthusiasm, it felt like I was slogging through a text-heavy bog. It seemed like I read for hours, but only a few pages were turned for the effort, making it tough to continue.
Despite Franch’s gritty and descriptive prose, and Frank’s to-the-point attitude, “My ma is your classic Dublin mammy: five foot nothing of curler-haired, barrel-shaped don't-mess-with-this, fueled by an endless supply of disapproval”, Faithful Place somehow still managed to miss the mark.
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (July 13, 2010)