Thursday, February 2, 2012
Review: "Faithful Place" by Tana French
My Thoughts: This is the third Tana French book I have read and it is by far my favorite. Frank Mackey is a believable and likable character and the story is just incredibly well-written. The family drama he deals with is rough but not unrealistic. French's descriptions of everyday life in Ireland are fantastic and the dysfunctional Mackey family is very well-developed. Their dysfunction is over the top without seeming phony and they made for a very interesting group of characters.
In her past two books, French's main characters have kind of lost themselves in their work and ended up worse off than they started but Frank stayed pretty steady. He had to deal with some awful situations but he didn't lose sight of what was most important in his life. Like usual there wasn't a nice happy ending but I wasn't as depressed at the end of this book as I was when I finished French's last two books. When I finished In the Woods, I wanted to throw the book across the room but this one just left feeling sad for Frank. It definitely ended with a 'what might have been' moment. Overall, this was a great book and I highly recommend it. 4 stars.