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The Secret Place

by Tana French

Part of the Dublin Murder Squad Series

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Secret Place

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Secret Place Synopsis

'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.

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The Secret Place Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Debbie Patrick - 'the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.' Read full review >
  • Jayne Burton - 'A surprising read. 'I know who killed him'!!...Will look out for her books again and highly recommend this one.' Read full review >
  • Sharon Matthews - 'A photo and a few words on a notice board sparks a mystery...Now that I've finished, I know who killed him - read the book for yourself and find out!' Read full review >
  • Peter Land - 'A gripping story of relationships - and murder - brilliantly told.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - ‘The Secret Place by Tana French is knocking on all doors to all readers that love reading crime books saying Read Me!' Read full review >
  • Sienna Logan - 'I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It exceeded all of my expectations and I struggled to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Megan Abbott - 'Unsolved murder, exclusive boarding school, lies, mystery. A good who done it!' Read full review >
  • Angela Rhodes - 'Wow! I know who did it! This has to be the most enticing 'Who dun it' I have read this year!' Read full review >
  • Sarah Pybus - 'I was expecting more of a straightforward thriller. What I got was something much more interesting and involving.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Hall - 'This is a splendid novel, combining all the best elements of truly masterful crime fiction and has the potential to become the most talked about book of the summer.' Read full review >
  • Rachael Anderson - 'A lengthy, intricate crime novel. Intense and captivating; it kept me entertained until its final pages.' Read full review >
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A brilliant page-turner of a thriller combining a coming of age novel with a great who-dunnit.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Harper - 'A fantastically well written novel. The characters were phenomenal and the development of the story was very clever. I thoroughly enjoyed it.' Read full review >
  • Charlotte Connolly - 'Not your typical whodunnit The Secret Place is a very readable people orientated mystery and I would recommend it and Tana French’s previous books to anyone who likes clever suspenseful stories.'    Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A fantastic who dunnit. Remarkably faced-paced delivery. And absolutely gutted to have got to the end. I wanted the answer but I did not want my pleasure to end.' Read full review >

The Secret Place Press Reviews

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444755619
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444755572
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444755619
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: Tana French
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Tana French

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’Brien

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