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I am planning on reading this in the next couple of weeks and I have really, really high hopes for it. I love that French isn't afraid to make decisions for her characters that make you think.


I just reviewed this a couple of weeks ago and really got into the story. It was so gritty, and I felt for all the characters, fighting to get out of that place or excusing why they stayed. It was an interesting look at "place" as partial perpetrator.

Love this writer.


Just a question, Danielle. A review in my newspaper last weekend said there is rather much Irish 'slang' in Faithful Place which made the story difficult to read. As you do not mention that at all, I wonder maybe it is not as bad as that?


I am listening to the audio and the slang isn't a problem that way- I could see where it could be hard to read though...


This sounds like a deliciously fun read. I like that French can manage such great character develpoment and have a ripping plot at the same time.


I'm looking forward to reading this one at some point. I read her previous two and really enjoyed them, so it's good to hear this one is of the same standard.


I'm frightfully behind with reading Tana French's work. I still haven't read The Woods or The Likeness and now I have yet another to read!

Dorothy W.

I will read French one of these days -- I really will! I keep planning on it, but it hasn't quite worked yet. But soon!


Marg--You'll have to tell me what you think of this when you get to it--I'm curious to hear what others think. I thought she did well making characters who are very human and maybe more than a little selfish and most certainly flawed, but they were all interesting.
Jenn--I will have to look up your review. It *was* a gritty read--that's a good description. And the place really formed the characters didn't it. I was quite sympathetic to the characters, too, even the ones I didn't necessarily like. It made it harder to see it all as a clear cut sort of story--good vs bad.
Catharina--There was a lot of slang, but it was all really fitting for the story and the neighborhood where it took place. I didn't find it at all jarring and even sort of liked it--very streetwise. I think most savvy readers should easily figure it out from the context if there is anything unusual that they don't already know. I've returned the book now, so I can't go back and look, but it didn't strike me as making the story hard to understand. Now if it was a movie and they were talking really fast, that might make for a challenge.
Heidi--Now I wish I had the book back. The language didn't bother me or confuse the meaning. I have been to Ireland before, so I am not sure if that would make a difference or not. Or maybe I was just reading for general context and it worked. I would love to listen to it on audio now--now that would make for a very 'textured' listen! :)
Stefanie--I think she is very good at what she does. I've loved all three of the books I've read now and highly recommend her.
Kimbofo--This was a very different story, but I think she tells it very well. To me it seemed very much up to her previous standards. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.
Kathleen--Oh well, think of it as having three good reads to look forward to still. And though in a way the characters are somewhat interrelated you really don't need to read them in any order. The Likeness does refer a little to In the Woods--the characters at least, I didn't think you would miss anything without any prior knowledge.
Dorothy--She's a good author to have on hand for when you want a break from heavier books. But she is still a good writer, so it's not just fluffy reading. It's hard to work in all the books you really want to read, isn't it!

Buried In Print

Your first paragraph mirrored my feelings exactly on having finished In the Woods. It was a very unsettling feeling and yet it felt "right" too, in the sense that the ending suited the story even if part of me wanted another kind of resolution at the end. I'm looking forward to reading her next!


I will definitely be getting this when it comes out in paperback. Thank you for the wonderful review!


Buried in Print--As weird as it sounds, I sometimes sort of like that unsettled feeling. I think I might actually have been disappointed if the ends were all neatly tied up in the first book. Some questions were answered, but if everything had been, it would have been too "pat" I think. In any case she is very good at what she does!
Litlove--I think you still have The Likeness to read? That should keep you going while you're waiting for this in paper. I'm not sure which is my favorite--they were all excellent in their own way, so you're in for a treat whichever you pick up first.


I loved her two previous novels so am looking forward to this one. I think Frank Mackey is one her more interesting characters precisely because he's so manipulative and with it. It would be interesting to see a different side to him.

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