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Author: Tana French Narrator: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Dublin Murder Squad Series Release Date: September 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781101631034

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“An absolutely mesmerizing read. . . . Tana French is simply this: a truly great writer.” —Gillian Flynn Read the New York Times bestseller by Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post). A year ago a boy was found murdered at a girlsʼ boarding school, and the case was never solved. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of the boy with the caption: “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case—beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

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Quotes

  • “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.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • 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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About the Author

Tana French is the award-winning author of several New York Times bestselling novels. She has won many awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and IVCA Clarion awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US, and Malawi, and trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin before becoming a writer.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hogan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.