Friday, September 19, 2014

Good Reads: The Secret Place

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)The Secret Place by Tana French
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fifth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, The Secret Place is a beautifully written and professionally edited murder mystery novel. Even though it is part of a series it reads as a standalone.

Two rather mismatched detectives find themselves investigating a cold murder case together. Taking place at an Irish Catholic boarding school filled with rather frightening teenage girl suspects, this novel had me captivated and kept me guessing from beginning to end.

This isn't a comfortable book to read, especially if you have a teenage daughter. The sometimes viciousness of children, teenage peer pressure, the strength of young friendships and the frailty of the same friendships is disturbing.

I loved The Secret Place and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.


  1. You read #5 first? I hope you start from scratch as they so build on each other. They are the "hardest" of the mysteries I read, most graphic. I prefer cozies, English village mysteries, amateur and legitimate P.I.s. I'm on #8 of Laura Lipmann's Teas Monaghan series now.

  2. Tess Monahan, not Teas! My kindle is always auto correcting.