The Secret Place

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Penguin Group USA, 2014 - Fiction - 452 pages
541 Reviews
The sensational new novel from “one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption saysI KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. “The Secret Place,” a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships
that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

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Loved the character development and plot. - Goodreads
Really scary depiction of teen-age girls! - Goodreads
Beautiful, haunting prose. - Goodreads
Tana French keeps writing better and better stories. - Goodreads
Another enjoyable page turner from Tana French - Goodreads
Tana French's books are almost too easy to read. - Goodreads

Review: The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5)

User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

Once again, this book is much more about the beautiful, descriptive language and brilliant characterization than solving the mystery. I love how I can read almost 500 pages of a Tana French novel and ... Read full review

Review: The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5)

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

This was on a couple of top books for 2014, so I thought I'd give it a try, despite not reading any previous books in this series. Really good mystery - great storytelling! Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards), The
Likeness, Faithful Place
and Broken Harbor (winner of the Los Angeles Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller). She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.

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