the secret place book summary


A telling moment is when he is first interviewing the girls and his attempts at pining them all down by comparing them all to girls he met before when he was a teenager. I really liked it - school story, murder story, well depicted female protagonists are all things that appeal to me in a book. 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.

So I started thinking about adolescence, which I think is when those twin needs are most intense, and what a place like that could mean to teenagers. Because this is so completely unexpected it ends up being – at first – a cool mind-blowing twist that reinforces the idea of these girls’ closeness and friendship. After reading it, I proceeded to acquire and devour all of her books. One wrong question and she’d be gone, I’d be thrown away: got too old, another useless adult who didn’t understand. It’s been one year since popular teenage boy Chris Harper was found murdered on the grounds of the posh St. Kilda’s, a girl’s boarding school in the suburbs of Dublin and the case has gone cold.

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. I know how this stuff works.

Let go as soon as I touched it, so quick I almost let it fall. He is bound to show up at a school where his daughter is even remotely involved in a murder investigation.

So not a winner for me, but I still love her writing. 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).

Stand alone or series: Can be read as a standalone novel but is book 5 of related-but-not-sequels Dublin Murder Squad series, How did I get this book: Review Copy from the Publisher.

But St. Kilda’s, the girls’ school, has a bulletin board where the girls can anonymously post grievances and secrets and such. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2020. Becca hates the Court. The Secret Place: A Novel by Tana French. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

3 : 2020 Hugo Award winner for Best Fanzine

I think it’s that she’s still struggling with the same question that dogs the teenagers and Stephen: who gets to define you? ;(.

Unable to add item to List. And all of these relationships turn out to be not quite the way they originally seem. But part of this book’s trickiness is its way of letting characters hide the truth behind the smoke screen of language and let both readers and investigators gradually figure out who is lying. One of the most effective ways of presenting all of this is by showing not only their inner lives and internal monologues as unique to each girl but also by providing a counterpoint with the way that Stephen engages them. I don't feel the writer has a great sense of teenage thinking or dialogue. Ebook available for kindle US, kindle UK, nook, itunes.

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