Faithful Place and Faux Reality

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Before Faithful Place, I hadn't heard of Tana French. Now I have two of her other mystery books on my coffee table and I'm anxious to read them.

This murder mystery had a little of everything: murder (obviously), family trouble, love, heartache, and a tender father-daughter relationship. Without spoiling anything, I want to share this exchange between Detective Francis Mackey and his sister Jackie (regarding Frank's daughter Holly):

"... I want Holly to be aware that there is a difference between truth and meaningless gibberish... She's completely surrounded, from every angle, by people telling her that reality is one hundred percent subjective... I want my daughter to learn that not everything in this world is determined by how often she hears it or how much she wants it to be true or how many other people are looking. Somewhere in there, for a thing to count as real, there has got to be some actual bloody reality."

Isn't that so true? Even if we aren't involved in a long-lost-love-murder-mystery with a crazy family to boot, we're all overwhelmed by faux reality. French's detective, however, doesn't let anyone talk him into anything he's not 100% invested in. It's refreshing. If I was murdered I'd want him on my case.

I never figure out the ends of books beforehand, and Faithful Place was no exception. I didn't see where it was leading as French wove the story through a dysfunctional Irish family and neighborhood. I liked Detective Mackey through the whole novel and couldn't understand how someone so level-headed could emerge from a family like his.

Pick it up, read it, and let me know what you think.


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