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September 2014 Book of the Month.
A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship, the deep do-or-die kind, and an intricate peek into the teenage psyche, a forgotten world for many of us. It steps right up to the cusp of the supernatural, it draws you in and sweeps you along. Told partly in first person by Stephen Moron, who we know from a previous book (which you do not have to read to enjoy this) and partly as the narrative of what happened the year before, the events lead slowly and inevitably to a killing. It is a beautiful book, a compelling book, an amazing book. And check out her others; they’re amazing too.
'A Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
‘I know who killed him.’ Could these few words, posted on a notice board in an exclusive girls’ boarding school, be Detective Stephen Moran’s passport to the Murder Squad? Moran is about to be plunged into the single most intense and nerve-shredding day of his life, investigating the story of a boy whose murder has been unsolved for a year, and a group of girls on the verge of womanhood, who all seem to have something to hide. “Tana French is already acclaimed as one of the best crime writers in the world. Praised by authors like Ian Rankin, Harlan Coben, Kate Mosse and Sophie Hannah, Tana has won prizes like the Edgar and her books have been bestsellers around the world. Yet from the moment we first read The Secret Place, we knew this book was special. It’s a book that will truly make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The ripples of sheer excitement have spread through the publishing house and whilst we will be working to make this the book of the year, at the heart of everything will be the wonderful experience of reading, which we now invite you to share. This is a murder mystery you will be desperate to solve.” - Nick Sayers, Fiction Publisher, Hodder & Stoughton
The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'. Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card. Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear.
Closing date: 23/01/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Stephen King knows who killed him.
'It's terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent'
Kate Mosse knows who killed him.
‘Gripping and ingenious.'
Sophie Hannah knows.
'The thing Tana French does better than almost any living crime writer is create suspense.'
'An absolutely mesmerising read' - Gillian Flynn
'A gripping read for those still pining for Gone Girl'
Elle magazine - Top 5 Beach Read
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||28th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,|
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as an actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. Author photo © Kyran O’BrienMore About Tana French