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The Secret Place

Tana French (Author)

‘I know who killed him’ - the words on a card handed to ambitious young detective Stephen Moran. They provide him with the way in to an exclusive boarding school where a murder has been unsolved for a year and hopefully on to a coveted place in the Murder Squad. The novel unfolds in parallel timelines – Stephen’s investigation and the events of a year ago when Chris Harper was killed in the school grounds.

I loved the combination of classic crime and school story. The lives of the teenage girls at the centre of the mystery are portrayed with real depth and understanding. The dialogue rings mostly true and the author is skilled at recreating the overheated, intense emotions of adolescence. The writing is descriptive and evocative of the privileged world of boarding school. I was really drawn into the story and found myself picking up the book whenever I could.

I think reading groups would enjoy the murder mystery as well as the coming of age elements. I would thoroughly recommend this book.


Reviewed by: Rebecca Kershaw - N. Lincs

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


Published Date: Thu 28th Aug 2014

Format: Hardback

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