Author(s): Tana French
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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.
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?
The new Tartt - the thriller that's every bit as good as The Secret History ... Classic in the making. Sunday Times 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. Mail on Sunday 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. Sunday Independent 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 Sunday Mirror
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 and Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller). She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She keeps a website at www.tanafrench.com