Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place is a murder mystery about a boy named Chris who is killed on the grounds of an all girls school in Dublin.

The book follows the perspective of Detective Moran and his big shot at joining the homicide unit. An old witness Holly brings him a big clue to the unsolved murder of Chris and this is where the novel really picks up. Every other chapter is the perspective of Holly and her three best friends leading up to Chris's murder.

I won't go into much detail, but this book was a very fast read for me. I really got into this while taking a vacation and finished it up on another vacation. This was a slow beginning for me but really picked up through the middle and end, and was so beautifully written it was a breeze to get through.

I really loved the back and forth of the timeline in this book. I was excited to change up the story form before to after every chapter and I think it made it go by very quickly. I really cared about all of these characters and wanted to know about their lives and what happened that fateful night.

Although this book is about trying to solve the murder I think it's more about the characters and their metamorphosis through the book. Holly and her friends growing apart as many friend groups do towards the end of high school, Detective Moran learning his place in the force and his partner on the case Detective Conway fighting to be a woman in the force.

There were some things I didn't get or like about this book, there are some magical or paranormal elements that are completely not explained and just get thrown into the storyline. While I am perfectly okay with the idea of a paranormal element, I needed some explanation. Were the girls not curious to figure out how these powers came to be?!

Overall a very entertaining read and I'm looking forward to reading the other Tana French book I have waiting for me back home in America! 

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