It was time for a new suspense novel. I went to the local library and tossed a quick scan over the “new release” section. My eyes immediately stalled on Faithful Place, and I noticed that the author was Tana French, author of In the Woods (which I read and liked) and The Likeness (which I have not read, but have heard good things about). I read the quick blurb describing the book, and after determining that there should be some suspense qualities to the read, I brought Faithful Place home.
Tana French really knows her stuff. The society she brings to life in this book is unlike anything in my own, and I was compelled to keep reading in order to learn more about this strange life. It’s a realistic one – one that takes place in Dublin – but it’s a life I have no experience with. The complex story with it’s complex relationships make this novel deep and jarring.
The details are perfect, yet Tana French knows that not every scene in a story needs every minute detail to paint a picture. It begins with a man, Francis, who receives a call from his estranged family with news of a new-found suitcase – This suitcase belongs to his former girlfriend, Rosie, who never showed up to their secret rendezvous point on the night of their anticipated runaway. Francis had assumed that Rosie finally had enough of what Francis’ family consists of and left him hanging. Everyone else thought she was living a grand life in a faraway city. But with the suitcase in hand, and no idea where Rosie was, new ideas of what really happened started to form.
I do have a slight complaint with the book, however – and this complaint can actually apply to the In the Woods as well. The ending. There is so much build up through the entire book; details mash into your brain and all you want is a solid conclusion. But the ending provides no such conclusion. Not even close. So that was a disappointment, but all in all, I would say that Faithful Place was a good book, but with a dud of a conclusion.