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Publisher's Summary

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 16 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 best seller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
©2014 Tana French (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic Reviews

"It's terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent" ( Stephen King)
A wonderfully tender and savage thriller about loyalty, teenage friendship and first loves. Gripping and ingenious" ( Kate Mosse)
"The thing Tana French does better than almost any living crime writer is create suspense. She makes you feel as if you're the detective, and your whole future career, not to mention your mental equilibrium, depends upon working out the solution to the puzzle" ( Sophie Hannah)
"I've been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French" ( Harlan Coben)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Odilon on 10-13-14

A great read

After some of the reviews I was a little worried about this one but I have thoroughly enjoyed the book. I find that Tana French is going from strength to strength with her first books being alright but not really standing out from the crowd but Broken Harbour and The Secret Place are excellent. I love the description in this, there's just enough to paint a picture, very much show, not tell, and not so much as to overdo it. There is quality in her writing, such as one finds in good, gritty poetry. The story is good and the narration spot on. There was some criticism of the language used, too much "like" and "Irishisms" but that's how people talk in Dublin so is perfectly realistic. The two main detective characters were very well rendered and the girls totally believable. I didn't find the story too long because the writing has sufficient quality to be able to savour that length, it's not all about how fast you can get to the end.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Colette on 10-10-14

Far too long

This started off promisingly. An old fashioned closed community whodunnit. About 4 hours in I started to toil. Not enough action, far too much slow-paced detail. The narration is pretty good if somewhat annoying because much of it is told in the voice of teenage girls which wears thin after a while. I kept going till it was clear who had done it and then gratefully abandoned the remaining few hours. It's put me off reading/listening to another Tana French.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jazzmin on 11-17-14

Painful to listen to.

Unfortunately I couldn't even finish this novel. Never even got passed chapter 4. I found the narration grating at worst and tedious at best. The narrator's portrayal of the teenage girls was overdone. I loved the narration of 'Faithful Place' which was why I tried another of this author's novels in audio. I won't be buying another to listen to.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 04-06-15

Great characters beautifully resolved whodunit.

Fantastic narration. Gripping to the end. Will definitely listen to this author again.
Highly recommended.

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