The Secret Place by Tana French
(Viking, 2014, 464 pages)
This is the fifth title in French’s “Dublin Murder Squad” series and it is the second book I’ve read from that series. The other title was In the Woods, which I liked a little bit better. Unlike some series these books stand pretty much on their own with a character or two overlapping; usually a minor character from a previous title takes center stage in the next. Both of these books are solidly written mysteries that draw you in and have satisfying endings. The Secret Place was interesting because it reminded me of the intensity of high school friendships that can shape your life forever.
“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 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-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.”—Amazon.com