'A gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' Elle's top five beach reads
The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.
The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'.
Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.
Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card.
Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear.
From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.The new Tartt
- the thriller that's every bit as good as The Secret History
. . . Classic in the making
.French is one of the most consistently exciting crime novelists
working today. The Secret Place
may be her most ambitious book yet . . . completely riveting
. French offers a chilling portrait of the ways in which teenage friendships can overrule any conventional morality.Tana French is now the undisputed queen of Irish crime fiction
. . . her books transcend genre. Her prose is "literary fiction", her plots are intricate, her characters and dialogue compellingly real.This riveting crime novel may be set in a girls' school but it is definitely not kids' stuff. French's prose glitters, creating a gripping mystery set in a world of shadows and tension
This transcends its thriller origins.A particularly well written page-turner.Marian Keyes tweeted 'it's brilliant!', Marie Claire calls it 'a gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' and Gillian Flynn says it's 'an absolutely mesmerizing read'. They all know who killed him. Do you?
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods
(winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness
, Faithful Place
, Broken Harbour
(winner of the LA Times
prize for Best Mystery/Thriller) and The Secret Place
. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She keeps a website at www.tanafrench.comBROKEN HARBOUR was the winner of the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, winner of the LA Times
prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, Washington Post
Top 10 Books of 2012 and entered The New York Times
and the Irish bestseller lists on publication'One of the most talented crime writers alive' Washington Post
'The most breathtakingly brilliant and close-to-perfect thriller I've read for a long time' Sophie Hannah