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April 2015 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 gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' Elle's top five beach reads 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. From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
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.
'The new Tartt - the thriller that's every bit as good as The Secret History ... Classic in the making.' Sunday Times
'French is one of the most consistently exciting crime novelists working today. The Secret Place may be her most ambitious book yet ... completely riveting. French offers a chilling portrait of the ways in which teenage friendships can overrule any conventional morality.' Mail on Sunday
'Tana French is now the undisputed queen of Irish crime fiction ... her books transcend genre. Her prose is literary fiction , her plots are intricate, her characters and dialogue compellingly real.' Sunday Independent
'This riveting crime novel may be set in a girls school but it is definitely not kids stuff. French's prose glitters, creating a gripping mystery set in a world of shadows and tension' Sunday Mirror
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:||9th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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