When Frank Mackey was nineteen, he made plans to elope to England with his girlfriend at the time, Rosie Daly, in order to escape their families and hometown. On the night of their elopement, Rosie didn’t show, and left a note instead alluding to the fact that she decided to go off to England without Frank. Frank left anyway, for a bigger city, and eventually becomes an undercover cop. Twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase is found in an abandoned house on Faithful Place, the street where Frank grew up and where his parents still live. Reluctantly, he heads home for the first time in over twenty years, anxious to solve the mystery of what really happened to Rosie that night.
Okay everyone, Tana French has done it again. This woman can write a literary mystery like nobody’s business. I expected to love this one, and I definitely did, which I’m SO happy about. Although to be honest, I don’t know how to “review” Faithful Place without gushing all over the place about what a genius Ms. French is, so it’s possible that I might just do that. Because, guys, she really is fantastic.
I have to admit that of the three main characters in French’s three novels, Frank Mackey is my least favorite. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t still love him, because I did. In fact, it was his imperfections and the things about him that annoyed me that probably made me love the book more. Because he felt very real to me, and even when I didn’t love his decisions or the way he carried himself or the way he treated his family, I still wanted him to find peace with the Rosie situation.
The mystery in Faithful Place was crafted unbelievably well, not for one second did I guess how everything would turn out. I was beyond shocked by the events, and shocked in a good way. The way everything was tied together made complete sense based upon the story and the characters, and yet I didn’t guess even one element of it. That should show you what an excellent storyteller French is, and what a master she is at putting together a complex but perfectly wrapped up mystery.
If you haven’t read anything by Tana French yet, what are you waiting for?? She is truly an amazing author and her books are not to be missed. Faithful Place is just one more notch in her belt of awesomeness, if you ask me.