Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Loyal Hearts

In January Magazine today, critic Gretchen Echols applauds Faithful Place (Viking), the third novel from Irish author-actress Tana French--and, says Echols, “her best one yet.” The review begins:
On a frigid December night 22 years ago, teenager Frank Mackey left his gritty Dublin neighborhood, intending to run away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. They planned to get married, find good jobs and not look back again toward the poverty and unforgiving reality of their lives on Faithful Place.

But Rosie never showed up for their meeting.

She’d previously been forbidden by her father from associating with Frank. So the young man just assumed that Rosie had had second thoughts about hooking up with him, and had instead lit out for England on her own. Frank wasn’t about to be stopped by this unexpected turn of events. He was already bound and determined to leave Faithful Place, and even without Rosie at his side, he kept on going.
You’ll find the complete critique here.

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