The Secret Place

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The Secret Place

Dublin Murder Squad

What a stellar story! Ms. French packs a wealth of antics sure to drive any armature sleuth up the wall. She captures the reader’s attention almost instantly with the verve of a teenager’s angst and superiority of intelligence. This book may seem like it’s a quick read; however, in order to take in the fullness of how some teenagers may act/think, the reader should take the time to enjoy how this novel unwinds.

There was a policeman (Detective Stephan Moran) in the Ireland’s Cold Case division who wanted to join Homicide more than anything. One day someone (Holly Mackay) he met a long time ago came to him with a possible evidence of a yearlong homicide, which occurred at her boarding school. The detective took it to the right person in Homicide: Antoinette Conway.

Ms. Conway was without a partner at this time, so she agreed to let Detective Moran come with her for the day. What they found took every ounce of intelligent police work in allowing their strengths to play off each possible suspect: eight or more teenagers.

An excellent read from start to finish, The Secret Place is the perfect novel to cuddle up to as it’s not one you can put down lightly. I’m going to be busy for awhile as I get my hands on some of Ms. French’s other books and delve into them before this week is through!


Book Blurb for The Secret Place

The sensational new novel from ?one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption saysI 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-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 discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of 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. Kilda’s 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 toward 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.


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 5.00