How Faithful Place Got Me Through a 10 Hour Car Ride (Spoilers)
By misguidedmommy on September 27, 2011
I have to start off by saying Tana French's Faithful Place wasn't just a one mystery book, or even two. It was three or four or maybe five small mysteries written into one book with a love story mixed in and a dash of family hilarity. I laughed so much reading about Frank's family. It reminded me of the first time I was faced with bringing my husband to meet my own family, which if I had a prescription for Xannax back then I would have gladly eaten ten of them to get him through that experience.
I liked this book. It was pure luck I had it when I was faced with a ten hour drive home from Lego Land or I would have been bored out of my skull. I packed other books but this was the one I kept coming back to. There were a few things I loved about this book.
Thing 1: The book gets right to the point. I'm going to go ahead and spoil the first part, Rosie is dead. You find this out in the first few chapters and I like that. It set the tone for the rest of the book. Finding out who did it, when and why was far more important then spending a whole book wondering is she or isn't she dead.
Thing 2: The author leaves you on the edge of your seat when it comes to finding out who killed Rosie. Something I hate is when I figure out a book ten pages in. I swear I had this book figured out 17 different times. Every ten pages I knew who the killer was. I WAS WRONG. Ten more pages and this time I was SURE I knew who the killer was. I WAS WRONG AGAIN. Hell, there were a few times I began wondering if the narrator was the murderer.
Thing 3: I didn't end up liking the bad guy in the end. In the end, the bad guy was bad and I was happy. Nothing unnerves me more then when I end up liking the bad guy. Or hoping it isn't him. I was thrilled with the results at the end of the book.
Thing 4: Like I said, there was more then one mystery. More then one thing to keep me guessing. I think my attention would have been lost if I had to concentrate on only one thing the entire book. But not this book. Suddenly I was solving more murders, and family mysteries, and then SURPRISE, the daughter knew his family the whole time and I DIDN'T EVEN SEE THAT COMING.
I loved the whole book. I loved the funny Irish language. I swear I'm going to start calling people "feckers" after this. It was written in a way that I could picture all of "The Place" down to the paint colors and curtains in my mind. It felt like I was in the bar with them, or in their moms kitchen or even wandering the street with the main character.
Incorporating a child into the book was cool too. It gave it a bit of comic relief and also made some situations more believable. The way the bad guy used the little girl, the things he said to her made it a million times easier to hate him in the end. To thing YEAH WAY TO GO, FECKER GOT WHAT HE DESERVED!
I highly recommend this book. In fact I can't wait to buy it for a few friends and make them read it. It is well written, holds your interest, makes you laugh, makes you think, and makes you truly happy with the ending.
Ten thumbs up!
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