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The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, Bk 5)
The Secret Place - Dublin Murder Squad, Bk 5 Author:Tana French The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, in the grounds of a girls' boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says I 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... more »-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 find leads them back to Holly's group of close-knit 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 Kildas 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 towards 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.« less
I have to start out by saying I received this book as Goodreads First-reads winner.
I was pretty excited when I found out I was getting to read and review this book. This is the 3rd book I have read by Tana French and I think it's my favorite so far! It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down but also didn't want to end.
The crime in this story is the murder of Chris Harper, a popular teenage boy attending Colm's boys school. The author alternates the chapters expertly between the present day investigation of the year old murder by 2 detectives and the activities leading up to the murder as seen thru the eyes of 4 best friends at the neighboring girls' school. Each chapter pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
If I had to say anything negative about the story it would be that I don't even think the story needed the "light" thing (don't want to give anything away) but this book is a keeper and I will definitely recommend it!!