Frank Mackey and Rosie Daly were in love and planned to escape together to England. But Rosie didn’t show up for their rendezvous so Frank left home alone. Two decades later he returns to the Dublin neighborhood “Faithful Place” where he grew up and immediately becomes immersed in the family craziness and dysfunction he ran away from so long ago. Rosie’s suitcase has been found. Two murders are discovered and Frank must solve them. This book immerses the reader in the lives and culture of an Irish family “on the dole” and the author seems to inhabit the person of middle-aged Frank in all his heartbroken disappointment and shrewd skills of detecting. I listened to this book and could hardly stay away from it. It is a riveting mystery that delves into the lives of all of its characters.
Jan 18, 2011