The Secret Place by Tana French

 reviewed by Cynthia Long

March 02, 2015

Tana French is back with her fifth book in the “Dublin Murder Squad” series, The Secret Place. Gripping, insightful, and full of delightful teen and Irish slang, this is a strong addition to French’s series--it also stands alone.

     This time, teen Holly Mackey finds a clue on a year-old murder at her private girls’ boarding school in Dublin. One year earlier a handsome and popular student at the neighboring boys’ school was found dead, overnight, at the girls’ school. The case had languished until Holly brings Detective Moran a note from the anonymous secrets bulletin board, the titular Secret Place, which claims that somebody knows who-done-it. Detective Moran teams up with the previous detective on the case, the maligned no-nonsense Antoinette Conway who is fighting sexism and the sting of being unable to solve her first murder.

The book is well-plotted, very suspenseful, and has a dash of the supernatural. As with the other Murder Squad books, department politics forms a strong subplot as Moran’s and Conway’s careers are on the line as they search for a solve.

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