Thursday, November 1, 2012

R.I.P Challenge

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again.

Neither did Rosie. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done. (Goodreads)

This was one of the best damn audio books I have listened to so far. Oh my goodness! What a delight! The narrator embodied everything that I could imagine Frank Mackey to be and captured the essence and distinct atmosphere of Tana French's Dublin. 

I was originally slated to do Broken Harbor, the 4th book in the Dublin Murder Squad, for the R.I.P Challenge but the month is almost done and I finished this was already. Why stress myself out?

I'm still moving on to Broken Harbor, I just don't think I will finish it before the end of this month.  

I read French's first two books in this series and because of great reviews, i thought I'd give the audio of the third a try.

This was an amazing pick, both for the spooky month of October and as a good audio pick.  

I am sad I did not get a chance to complete my other choice for the R.I.P challenge, the BBC movie of FIngersmith (the novel by Sarah Waters). It did not come in yet from the library. When I do get it, I will still review it here. Let's not hold our breath though. I've been waiting since August. :)

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Marce said...

Hey Michelle :-)

Can you believe I haven't tried Tana French yet, sigh. I will get to it, I finally got to Sandra B so there is promise, lol

I want to read Fingersmith also but when I don't know.

Your love of audio makes me smile. BTW - I hear the audio for Love Anthony is amazing. I know you read it but just a FYI.

Mystica said...

I've read Tana French - this is a new read for me. Thank you for the review.

Gina said...

Awesome! Always wondered about this author's work as they are quite popular in store. Thanks for the share! ^_^

Lisa said...

I read Broken Harbor and I have In The Woods but I have read it. Still, I liked Broken Harbor so much that I bought the other two so I can have the whole set. But, dang, maybe I should have done audio?!

Ryan said...

I still have to read the second book in the series. Thanks for the reminder that I have some great books ahead of me.