Friday, 26. April 2013 10:44
Twenty-two years ago 19-year-old Frank Mackey had plans to run away from Faithful Place, the street where he grew up. He and Rosie Daly, the love of his life, intended to go to London, to get out and away from their difficult lives where success is a rare commodity and hope almost nonexistent.
The fact that Rosie stood him up has colored every day of Frank’s life since then. Though he did leave Faithful Place long ago, he left alone. When Rosie’s suitcase, containing their ferry tickets to England and full of clothes he remembered from 22 years ago, turns up in an abandoned house in Faithful Place, Frank, now a cop, must deal with the fact that perhaps Rosie hadn’t stood him up at all. The discovery of Rosie’s suitcase leads to a fascinating look at the Dublin of Frank’s youth, at his family and Rosie’s, at the pull of the past in all our lives.
To be completely honest here, I listened to this book rather than read it. The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was excellent, and his beautiful, lilting Irish accent did much to put me in the story. I’ll definitely look for other audiobooks he’s recorded. It was a truly wonderful listening experience.
Tana French has written a startlingly complex novel of love and loss, of family and friends, of duty and serendipity, of past and present, all so full of emotion that it will stick with me for a long time to come. Her prose is gorgeous, her portrait of Dublin’s lower class so finely drawn I could feel myself there, watching the events unfold in the flats of Faithful Place. If you like police procedurals that are rich with character development like those of Louise Penny, you’ll love this book. If you like your procedurals leaner, more straightforward, like those of Michael Connelly or John Sandford, you’ll find this book slow going. But, in my opinion, it’s well worth the read, one of the best I’ve read this year.