The Secret place

Tana French

The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says ‘I know who killed him’.

Detective Stephen Moran hasn’t seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she’s sixteen and she’s shown up outside his squad room, with a postcard and a story.

Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. Last year Chris Harper, from the neighbouring boys’ school, was found murdered in the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place – the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously – Holly found the postcard.

Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder Squad. But to get that solved, he’ll have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway – tough, prickly, an outsider – everything Stephen doesn’t want in a partner. And he’ll have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her friends inhabit, and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, before any of them become frightened enough to do more damage…


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