Today, I'll be discussing the third novel in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series.
The Faithful Place by Tana French (DMS #3)
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank thought she'd dumped him--probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. Regardless, Frank left on his own and never went home again. However, neither did Rosie.
Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in an abandoned house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.
After loving Broken Harbor, I decided to pick up The Faithful Place. Fortunately, this time around was as delightful as the first! Although Broken Harbor's plot is slightly more riveting, the familial and reminiscent aspect of Faithful Place makes this a great novel as well.
Like in Broken Harbor, the writing in the third DMS novel is complex and colorful. However, although the author's word choice is elaborate and flowery, it's not at all off-putting.
Another great element of Faithful Place is its engaging storyline. The novel features both a sense of nostalgia and evident distrust among a family that works to make the mystery compelling while also making it relatable and realistic.
Nonetheless, the star element in this book is the cast of characters. French paints very vivid pictures of each and every character, whether primary or secondary. Through these impressions, readers receive small clues that reveal the killer.
The third pick in the Dublin Murder Squad series is a great choice for readers who prefer character-based novels and authentic, real life mysteries.
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