So, the third book, Faithful Place isn't BAD; it just didn't do the two things that made me fall in love with the first two. This one, actually is, objectively (objectively? yeah, sure, I'll go there) really really good, but I missed my favorite qualities. In this one, Frank (Cassie's boss from the second, Cassie being Rob's partner from the first) is drawn back to his Angela's Ashes-ish roots when someone finds a suitcase belonging to his first love, a girl he thought had left without him when they were teenagers. Suddenly it appears that she didn't leave him after all: that she was murdered. Despite having avoided his family for years, suddenly he's got to deal with them again.
Ms. French is still a wonderful author, and I'm still going to buy whatever she writes next, but I might not leap for the hardcover the day it comes out as I did with this one.