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Today, I'll be discussing Dublin Murder Squad mystery The Secret Place.
The Secret Place by Tana French (DMS #5)
A year ago, a boy was found murdered at a girlsʼ boarding school; the case was never solved.
Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives to his office with a photo of the boy captioned: “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case.
With clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, their rival clique, and a tangle of relationships that binds them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and dangerous than the detectives could’ve imagined.
After completing half of the books in the Dublin Murder Squad series, I love Tana French more than I could've seen coming. Like Faithful Place and Broken Harbor, The Secret Place is a story like nothing I've read before...
The fifth mystery in the Dublin Murder Squad series is quite unlike the third and fourth books. Despite also featuring a merciless murder, The Secret Place is set in an all girls' boarding school and is centered around a group of sixteen-year-olds—that in itself is a recipe for likely disaster. Nonetheless, French once again manges to create an unforgettable and captivating narrative.
Like in French's other pieces, this novel features a very detailed writing style. Through the author's word choice, readers are taken right to where the story takes place. The Secret Place becomes so vivid, audience members feel as if they're a part of the story themselves.
Aside from French's pristine writing, another magnificent element of the story is the cast of characters. Although this novel features a very large cast, most personas work to bring the narrative to life. With the students at St. Kilda's, the students at Colms, and every character in between, Chris Harper's death brings about more a few likely suspects.
Despite French's superb writing style and cast, the standout element of The Secret Place is the plot. The story itself is what keeps readers hooked right until the very last page.
With lies being told and secrets being held, it seems unlikely that Chris' killer will be uncovered. The fifth DMS mystery is a story filled with betrayal and deception.
Eager to discover the wickedness that lies at the heart of St. Kilda's? Pick up a copy of The Secret Place!
Today, I'll be discussing October BOTM pick, The Lies We Told.
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
A daughter: Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others... Sometimes Beth is scared of her and what she could be capable of.
A son: Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him.
A life built on lies: As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke's long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke's life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can Clara find him before it's too late?
I had a blast reading this twisted thriller with @thrilltalkbookblog. The Lies We Told is, without a doubt, an ideal, spooky October mystery.
Camilla Way's latest novel, The Lies We Told, features a compelling writing style, an immensely gripping storyline, and an incredible cast.
Way's diction is remarkable and detailed but also easy to follow. She gives just enough specifics to rouse interest in the audience without making readers feel overwhelmed.
The plot of this thriller is also quite fascinating. The author introduces the audience to the lives of two families which are later brilliantly connected. By introducing these families separately, readers become engrossed by every single character only to be awe-struck once their long-awaited connection is finally revealed. This perfectly developed plot works to keep readers engaged and enthralled until the very last page.
Besides the amazing writing and storyline, Way also creates an unforgettable cast of characters—all of which are one-of-a-kind. By the end of this novel, readers will come to learn that no one is as innocent as they appear.
Do you like crooked storylines? Pick up a copy of The Lies We Told.
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Today, I'll be discussing Hercule Poirot mystery: The Mystery of the Blue Train.
The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6) by Agatha Christie
When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake Ruth Kettering from her slumber. But she will not wake—for she has been strangled and a heavy blow has rendered her features unrecognizable. What is more, her rubies are missing.
The prime suspect in the case is Ruth’s husband, Derek. But Hercule Poirot is not yet convinced...
The Mystery of the Blue Train, the sixth book in the Poirot series, can be described as a character-based novel. While this Christie pick features an extremely intriguing premise, the story itself revolves around the cast, not the mystery. Additionally, the book lacks mystique and suspense.
This Hercule Poirot mystery does not read like a mystery. Despite its immense potential, The Mystery of the Blue Train appears more similar to contemporary fiction than to the crime and thriller genres. It does not invoke any sense of eeriness or thrill. As a matter of fact, it's quite anticlimactic.
While this Christie novel cannot be considered a bad read, it is not an ideal pick for readers looking for a suspense-filled mystery.However, if you enjoy contemporary fiction and character-based stories, this might be a great pick for you!