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Friday, August 1, 2014


Review: THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French

Whenever a new Tana French mystery is announced, I race to acquire it. I've never been disappointed, and I think THE SECRET PLACE is one of her two best (the other being BROKEN HARBOUR, a soul-ripper in its secret depths and intensities).

In THE SECRET PLACE, Ms. French tackles that "undiscovered" country, adolescent females--specifically Irish upscale Catholic private school girls. Amazing as their behavior is, a cold case suddenly reawakens and announces itself. An anonymous entity claims knowledge of the murder of.a young gentleman from the nearby boys' private school, a death that occurred on.the grounds of the girls' school. The previous investigator carries several chips on her shoulder, and as she again takes up the case, a detective from the Cold Case Squad, with his own "in" at the girls' school, inveigles his way into the 're-investigation as well.

I was privileged to review an ARC from Penguin First to Read.

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