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!