The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series #5)

( 19 )

Overview

The sensational new novel from “one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption saysI KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him...

See more details below
Hardcover
$16.77
BN.com price
(Save 40%)$27.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (18) from $16.53   
  • New (13) from $16.53   
  • Used (5) from $23.39   
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series #5)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.99
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$14.99 List Price

Overview

The sensational new novel from “one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption saysI KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. “The Secret Place,” a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

Tana French's latest Dublin Murder Squad mystery unfolds in a single day and drops us deeply into the secretive, circuitous world of adolescent girl relationships. For Detective Stephan Moran, that immersion began with a photograph brought to him one morning by a 16-year-old girl. It carries a haunting inscription: "I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM." As Moran and his skeptical detective partner Antoinette Conway pursue leads, they learn that they must first penetrate the ever-changing alliances of young girl friendships. A artfully tangled mystery from the master who gave us In The Woods and Broken Harbor.

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
With her awesome facility at girl-speak, French constructs an idiom that is clever and crude and vulgar and vicious in one breath and deeply, profoundly tragic in the next.
Publishers Weekly
★ 07/28/2014
In French’s mesmerizing fifth Dublin Murder Squad mystery (after 2012’s Broken Harbor), Det. Stephen Moran, who works in the cold-case unit, is biding his time until he can make the Murder Squad. When 16-year-old Holly Mackey, a colleague’s daughter, shows up with a clue to an old crime, Moran sees his chance. A student at St. Kilda’s boarding school, Holly vividly remembers the previous year’s murder of Chris Harper, a popular teen from Colm’s, the neighboring boys’ school. From the St. Kilda’s personal notice board known as the Secret Place, Holly brings Moran a photo of Chris with the words “I know who killed him” pasted across his chest. Moran joins forces with the murder squad’s feisty Det. Antoinette Conway, and the pair visit the school, setting off a chain of events that ensnares Holly and her three best mates. French stealthily spins a web of teenage secrets with a very adult crime at the center. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency. (Sept.)
Library Journal
04/15/2014
A year after the body of swoon-worthy Chris Harper was dumped at St. Kilda's, a girls' school in a Dublin suburb, student Holly Mackey gives Det. Stephen Moran a photo of Chris she's found with the words "I know who killed him" inscribed on the back. From the multi-award-winning and New York Times best-selling French.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-07-02
A hint of the supernatural spices the latest from a mystery master as two detectives try to probe the secrets teenage girls keep—and the lies they tell—after murder at a posh boarding school. The Dublin novelist (Broken Harbor, 2012, etc.) has few peers in her combination of literary stylishness and intricate, clockwork plotting. Here, French challenges herself and her readers with a narrative strategy that finds chapters alternating between two different time frames and points of view. One strand concerns four girls at exclusive St. Kilda's who are so close they vow they won't even have boyfriends. Four other girls from the school are their archrivals, more conventional and socially active. The novel pits the girls against each other almost as two gangs, with the plot pivoting on the death of a rich boy from a nearby school who had been sneaking out to see at least two of the girls. The second strand features the two detectives who spend a long day and night at the school, many months after the unsolved murder. Narrating these chapters is Stephen, a detective assigned to cold cases, who receives an unexpected visit from one of the girls, Holly, a daughter of one of Stephen's colleagues on the force, who brings a postcard she'd found on a bulletin board known as "The Secret Place" that says "I know who killed him." The ambitious Stephen, who has a history with both the girl and her father, brings the postcard to Conway, a hard-bitten female detective whose case this had been. The chapters narrated by Stephen concern their day of interrogation and investigation at the school, while the alternating ones from the girls' perspectives cover the school year leading up to the murder and its aftermath. Beyond the murder mystery, which leaves the reader in suspense throughout, the novel explores the mysteries of friendship, loyalty and betrayal, not only among adolescents, but within the police force as well. Everyone is this meticulously crafted novel might be playing—or being played by—everyone else.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670026326
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Dublin Murder Squad Series , #5
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 45
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tana French

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), The
Likeness, Faithful Place
and Broken Harbor (winner of the Los Angeles Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller). She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***

Copyright © 2014 Tana French

Holly dumped her schoolbag on the floor. Hooked a thumb under her lapel, to point the crest at me. Said, ‘I go to Kilda’s now.’ And watched me.

St Kilda’s: the kind of school the likes of me aren’t supposed to have heard of. Never would have heard of, if it wasn’t for a dead young fella.

Girls’ secondary, private, leafy suburb. Nuns. A year back, two of the nuns went for an early stroll and found a boy lying in a grove of trees, in a back corner of the school grounds. At first they thought he was asleep, drunk maybe. The full-on nun-voice thunder: Young man! But he didn’t move.

Christopher Harper, sixteen, from the boys’ school one road and two extra-high walls away. Sometime during the night, someone had bashed his head in.

Enough manpower to build an office block, enough overtime to pay off mortgages, enough paper to dam a river. A dodgy janitor, handyman, something: eliminated. A classmate who’d had a punch-up with the victim: eliminated. Local scary non-nationals seen being locally scary: eliminated.

Then nothing. No more suspects, no reason why Christopher was on St Kilda’s grounds. Then less overtime, and fewer men, and more nothing. You can’t say it, not with a kid for a victim, but the case was done.

Holly pulled her lapel straight again. ‘You know about Chris Harper,’ she said. ‘Right?’

‘Right,’ I said. ‘Were you at St Kilda’s back then?’

‘Yeah. I’ve been there since first year.’

And left it at that, making me work for every step. One wrong question and she’d be gone, I’d be thrown away: got too old, another useless adult who didn’t understand. I picked carefully.

‘Are you a boarder?’

‘The last two years, yeah.’

‘Were you there the night it happened?’

‘The night Chris got killed.’

Blue flash of annoyance. No patience for pussyfooting, or anyway not from other people.

‘The night Chris got killed,’ I said. ‘Were you there?’

‘I wasn’t there there. Obviously. But I was in school, yeah.’

‘Did you see something? Hear something?’

Annoyance again, sparking hotter this time. ‘They already asked me that. The Murder detectives. They asked all of us, like, a thousand times.’

I said, ‘But you could have remembered something since. Or changed your mind about keeping something quiet.’

‘I’m not stupid. I know how this stuff works. Remember?’ She was on her toes, ready to head for the door.

Change of tack. ‘Did you know Chris?’

Holly quieted. ‘Just from around. Our schools do stuff together; you get to know people. We weren’t close, or anything, but our gangs had hung out together a bunch of times.’

‘What was he like?’

Shrug. ‘A guy.’

‘Did you like him?’

Shrug again. ‘He was there.’

I know Holly’s da, a bit. Frank Mackey, Undercover. You go at him straight, he’ll dodge and come in sideways; you go at him sideways, he’ll charge head down. I said, ‘You came here because there’s something you want me to know. I’m not going to play guessing games I can’t win. If you’re not sure you want to tell me, then go away and have a think till you are. If you’re sure now, then spit it out.’

Holly approved of that. Almost smiled again; nodded instead.

‘There’s this board,’ she said. ‘In school. A noticeboard. It’s on the top floor, across from the art room. It’s called the Secret Place. If you’ve got a secret, like if you hate your parents or you like a guy or whatever, you can put it on a card and stick it up there.’

No point asking why anyone would want to. Teenage girls: you’ll never understand.

‘Yesterday evening, me and my friends were up in the art room – we’re working on this project. I forgot my phone up there when we left, but I didn’t notice till lights-out, so I couldn’t get it then. I went up for it first thing this morning, before breakfast.’

Coming out way too pat; not a pause or a blink, not a stumble. Another girl, I’d’ve called bullshit. But Holly had practice, and she had her da; for all I knew, he took a statement every time she was late home.

‘I had a look at the board,’ Holly said. Bent to her schoolbag, flipped it open. ‘Just on my way past.’

And there it was: the hand hesitating above the green folder. The extra second when she kept her face turned down to the bag, away from me, ponytail tumbling to hide her. Not ice-cream-cool and smooth right through, after all.

Then she straightened and met my eyes again, blank-faced. Her hand came up, held out the green folder. Let go as soon as I touched it, so quick I almost let it fall.

‘This was on the board.’

The folder said ‘Holly Mackey, 4L, Social Awareness Studies’, scribbled over. Inside: clear plastic envelope. Inside that: a thumbtack, fallen down into one corner, and a piece of card.

I recognised the face faster than I’d recognised Holly’s. He had spent weeks on every front page and every TV screen, on every department bulletin.

This was a different shot. Caught turning over his shoulder against a blur of spring-green leaves, mouth opening in a laugh. Good-looking. Glossy brown hair, brushed forward boyband-style to thick dark eyebrows that sloped down at the outsides, gave him a puppydog look. Clear skin, rosy cheeks; a few freckles along the cheekbones, not a lot. A jaw that would’ve turned out strong, if there’d been time. Wide grin that crinkled his eyes and nose. A little bit cocky, a little bit sweet. Young, everything that rises green in your mind when you hear the word young. Summer romance, baby brother’s hero, cannon-fodder.

Glued below his face, across his blue T-shirt: words cut out of a book, spaced wide like a ransom note. Neat edges, snipped close.

I know who killed him

Holly watching me, silent.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 19 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 18 of 19 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Much better than the last one!

    I was almost scared to read it as her last one left me pretty depressed. From the characters to the mystery, this book was exceptional-kept me guessing the whole way through! Great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 3, 2014

    "The Secret Place" by Tana French is the latest book t

    "The Secret Place" by Tana French is the latest book that I've been reading. I have to say, it's really not up my alley, so
    to speak. I've tried to analyze why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Mainly, I think it's because
    Tana French is an english-style writer. For many of you, that's not a bad thing. But I found that with other books who's
    authors were from across the pond I was similarly unsatisfied with. This made me think that it just may be me. With
    some analysis, that's generally the conclusion I came to.

    Although it was never diagnosed, I know I have a mild form of dyslexia. My brain, early on, figured out how to
    rearrange the letters to get the words right, without any conscious help from me. I think reading non-North American
    authors makes my brain stutter a little, making reading just that much less enjoyable. Reading a page always takes
    me more time than others but if I'm unused to the cadence of the author's style, if she's foreign, then it takes even
    more time for my brain to acclimate. This makes reading just less enjoyable and more work.

    For you, my readers, this translates to the following. If you find yourself liking English or foreign type authors, then
    you'll probably like this novel. Let's just get that out of the way, the mystery of this book rocks. You don't know who
    did it, you are kept guessing throughout the book and you're given both red herrings and also little clues that keep the
    interest there and simmering. Also, Tana French's take on how teen girls talk and act, I think, is spot on. Some
    reviewers thought the speech patterns and weird words were just too over the top. But I found it reminded me of when
    I was their age. In the early eighties I tried to add "valley girl" lexicon to my speech, trying to be unique and different
    from the grown ups. We all, at that age, think we have a handle on what's NEW and BETTER and no one can tell us
    different. Tana French's writing easily brings all those memories back. She also handles the relationships between girls
    and also between girls and boys expertly. It came off as so beautifully real. The angst, the need to be liked, to not be
    the teased girl and to either stay under the radar or to want the opposite, to be the star. All of that is handled so
    expertly and I have to give kudos to the author.

    I didn't, however, like how bitter the main police detective was. But again, I'm tending to put that down to the foreign
    writer thing again. Prejudice is different in every country. Canada has different prejudices than the US and we express
    them differently. I just find the classist attitudes off putting in this book. Otherwise it was very enjoyable and kept my
    interest.

    I'm giving this book three stars out of five. If you like authors from the UK though, you should probably add a star to my
     review. You'll find yourself liking this book if you've also enjoyed other authors from the UK. 

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 2, 2014

    I found it interesting to hear the teenage girl side of the stor

    I found it interesting to hear the teenage girl side of the story.    The way they told the tale and how their conversations went made me think back to my days in school.   How I thought I knew my friends so well and that we told each other everything, then the rumors and gossip would start.    I enjoyed that there were two groups, the popular better than everyone else and the wierdo’s.    It was entertaining watching them place the blame on each other all while not really knowing who the actual killer was.  




    Throughout the story I had many theories as to who the actual killer was.   Tana French did an excellent job at keeping me guessing and not truly giving away the real killer until last part of the story.   As my first Dublin Murder Squad book I was not familiar with the characters, but this did not slow down my reading and hinder my enjoyment of the story.  It was nice that I could just pick up the book and read without having to learn the background of every character and the history of their relationships.  








    I will be looking for more of this series and certainly checking out the past books.   A good mystery is hard to find and I believe this is one of the best I have read in  quite a while.   

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Sbolya47@gmail.com

    Add me plz

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Best Dublin Murder Squad yet

    I have loved all of Tana French's novels, but this one has been my favorite yet. She captured the heightened state of adolescence beautifully, and again imbued her landscapes with a mystical quality. Wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Lyra

    Plz needs hot guy! Is 14 yrld girl with silky brown hair, perfect features, curves, and hot attitude.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    I've read all of Tana French's novels, so I was very excited whe

    I've read all of Tana French's novels, so I was very excited when this came out recently. Sadly, it was a big disappointment. Sort of a Midsommer Murders meets Gossip Girl. No thank you.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Beautifully written and intricately plotted

    Tana French outdoes herself in creating the atmosphere of adolescence in this tale of murder at a private girls school. Though I wondered who done it, I never wanted to rush to the end to find out. I wanted to savor every beautifully written word. Magical.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Fireflower the Info & Bios & The Rules

    Clans: <br> Birdclan <br> Bearclan <br> Meadowclan <br> Secretclan <P> Birdclan Info: <br> Birdclan does not like to bend rules. This clan may sound weak but they are as fearful as eny other clan. This clan lives under neth a big thorn bush 6" tall 49"50' long out side of the bush is trees then there is a twoeg path and thats a border then its bearclan terratory . This clans preay is Birds, mice, Chipmonks, berries and seeds. <P> Bearclan Info: <br> Bearclan bends the rules all the time if the rules were not there. They would not have a Bearclan. This clan lives in the woods. This clan is very nice but in battle they are big and scarey. They eat Mice, Rabbits, Voles, Fish, only if they can catch the fish they can eat it. <P> Meadowclan Info: <br> Meadowclan Stick to the rules. The live in holes or old rabbit dens and the tall grass. They eat Rabbits, Fawns, Wild Flowers. They are shy and scared of almost every thing. <P> Secretclan Info: <br> The cats dont now a lot about secret clan. They live on the other side of the river. And thats all we know. And all that I will tell you. <P> Bios Will be at next res <P> The Rules <P> Rule 1 ~ Fallow the Rules with your life <P> Rule 2 ~ Leader's word is law <P> Rule 3 ~ Do not tustpass on other terratorys <P> Rule 4 ~ Respect others of Higher and lower rankss <P> Rule 5 ~ You may be friends with other cats from other clans but you loyalty must be with your clan <P> Rule 6 ~ If the leader dies deputy will become leader and you will need to choose a new deputy by moonhigh but if leader and deputy die at the paw of another leader the leaders clan will take over.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Meloney

    Ppl!!! Where is everyone?????

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    To lyra

    Way to be modest LOL

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    H

    AidujjddjsiueiunjjzfjrkdkfkkjkjjkkkxidifjfkfufutufjfjfkfkggmfmcfirgjrkfnelqduufkcieiwpdhgiedohjeodkewnvkqjjgeihmvovrkiwpkkvkijjpejudkjplujjflejcnmjcfjjiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuufjgicvnvjvjvjgjvdsjzZZZZZZZFFFDTXYDGXHVXXFFFTFAXRDYDGKRHFUSIUG JCNCNVCHDODYVITOGGGPKRITIROUURGJTUKEIRRNTTUTIEIDJFJDUDIFKZAOOOOOOPOOOOOOOOOPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEFXJYFYFHUFDEIFUFJEUHRKDGHJASIGCUFUIUUUUUUUUUUUUUHGGDYGGYDYVKFFRTRKENFJTJHGKRMT??YMTNTMMY?YHH

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

     I have read all of the other books in the series and I couldn't

     I have read all of the other books in the series and I couldn't get past the first 100 pages of this one.   Perhaps this novel is intended for the young adult genre, I wish I would have known that prior to purchasing it.  

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Brice

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    J Horible

    Worst book ever

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 18 of 19 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)