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

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, in the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, “I 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 find leads them back to Holly’s group of close-knit 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 towards 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s terrific—terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent.”

    Stephen King

  • ”Gripping and ingenious.”

    Kate Mosse, New York Times bestselling author of Sepulchre

  • “The thing Tana French does better than almost any living crime writer is create suspense. She makes you feel as if you’re the detective, and your whole future career, not to mention your mental equilibrium, depends upon working out the solution to the puzzle. The Secret Place is another nail-biting ordeal of mysteriousness that will have readers frantically turning pages in their eagerness to discover the truth.”

    Sophie Hannah, internationally bestselling author of The Telling Error

  • “In French’s mesmerizing fifth Dublin Murder Squad mystery Det. Stephen Moran, who works in the cold case unit, is biding his time until he can make the Murder Squad. When sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey, a colleague’s daughter, shows up with a clue to an old crime, Moran sees his chance…French stealthily spins a web of teenage secrets with a very adult crime at the center.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Complex characters and a vivid sense of place are at the heart of French’s literary success, and although Conway and Moran are fine protagonists, it is the members of the two rival cliques, and St. Kilda’s itself, that make The Secret Place much more than just a solid whodunit. French brilliantly and plausibly channels the rebellion, conformity, inchoate longings, rages, and shared bonds, as well as Kilda’s role in fostering them.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “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…Everyone is this meticulously crafted novel might be playing—or being played by—everyone else.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Expert narrators Stephen Hogan, sounding emphatic, focused, authoritarian, and Lara Hutchinson, sounding acerbic and knowing, trade chapters as investigators Stephen Moran and Antoinette Conway. The duo deftly explores the nature of teenage friendship and loyalty to uncover the killer…Fans of the bestselling French find able partners in bringing the world of teen angst to life as Hogan and Hutchinson use their honed voices to maintain the tension all the way to the revelation of the killer.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book, September 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, September 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A Library Journal Bestseller
  • A September 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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