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The Secret Place (2014)

de Tana French

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Sèrie: Dublin Murder Squad (5)

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"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. 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 discover leads them back to Holly's close-knit group of 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 toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined." --… (més)
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Tangled in its time lines and not helped by how duplicitous (tri-plicitous?) the eight school girls can be. We almost lose the detectives getting to work together and that plot line as we see-and-saw through the interviews and, late, the arrival of Holly's detective father, Frank.

At bottom, it's a story of the cocoon friendship can be. For one "family," it's everything, and it appears they'll do anything for each other — even if not totally honest each other. For the other it's not friendship as much as it's forced conformity with loyalty and allegiance.

It's a long book, but a very good interim between heavier reading I'm doing at present. French is good at what she does. ( )
  markburris | Jul 21, 2021 |
Erneut eine fesselnde Geschichte von Tana French, auch wenn bisher kein anderes Buch an "Schattenstill" heranreichen konnte. Ich mag ihre Art des Erzählens. Mag die Menge an Details, die ellenlangen Dialoge, mag, dass über lange Strecken wenig passiert, dafür die Protagonisten eine Menge reden, und es trotzdem spannend bleibt. Ich mochte das Setting in einem Mädcheninternat, mochte die Dynamik zwischen den Detectives Stephen Moran und Antoinette Conway, die mir beide zwischendurch auch mal nicht immer sympathisch waren, aber das mussten sie auch nicht, das war schon OK so! Das bisschen sog. magischer Realismus in der Geschichte hat mich - entgegen vieler anderer Leser*innen - nicht gestört. Ich hab die Geschehnisse eher als Metapher gesehen. Insgesamt begeistert mich Tana French's Wortgewalt immer wieder und ich freue mich auf weitere Bücher von ihr.
Ich mochte, dass die Geschichte von zwei Sprechern gelesen wurde, die abwechselnd die Parts von Stephen und Antoinette lasen, und die beide ihre Sache sehr gut gemacht haben. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
This is the fifth book from Tana French in what is now called the Dublin Murder Squad series and for about half of this book I thought is was definitely the least good. Then the last half of the book happened and I'm left with thinking it is every bit as fantastic as all the others. I refuse to give away plot or character details, I just hate reviews that do that, but I will say that she has once again created a complete sense of place, character, and events. Everything that happens feels real and true. I found myself saying "oh yeah" and "aha" over and over because things pay off, the details. matter. My issues with the first half of the book mainly come down to pacing and I'm wondering if it was affected by my reading most of it in short bursts. I was able to spend about 4 1/2 hours reading the end of the book and it was a wonderful gift to be able to do so. ( )
1 vota MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Oh, good lord.

Up to this point, I held the first two books by Tana French as serious rivals to Denise Mina in terms of literary quality in detective/crime fiction. In the Woods and The Likeness were just so good, almost too good, and their minor flaws were just reminders of how petty I was being in finding fault.

I dutifully made my way through the remaining novels in the series (not really a series, so much, as a fictional Dublin squad whose characters enter and exit each others' respective novels), and enjoyed them. The fourth, however (Broken Harbor), was a bit disappointing. Still a four-star read, but I thought maybe Ms. French had started feeling sorry for other writers of her genre, or perhaps had just reached her limit for consistently outstanding books.

The Secret Place is, if not better than her first two, a strong equal in quality and emotional resonance. That was the thing that went missing in Broken Harbor, or rather was present and felt forced. Secret Place has it in spades, naturally occurring, and dull-chest-achy in its persistence. It's a book about, simultaneously, the memory of friendships that are gone forever, and the forging of friendships that will last forever. Its about wanting to stand out just like everyone else, seeing no irony in that, and then falling victim to the patterns the emerge from the utter predictability of human behavior.

French does some really interesting things here, narratively. She is telling two stories, one in the past that moves briskly to the future (and told in present tense), one in the closer-to-present that is the detectives piecing together the story of a murder (and told in the past tense), with each of the two narratives moving toward each other as the book moves to its conclusion. And I realize how hard it is to avoid sounding like a twit talking about this. But I won't revise!

I practically begged a colleague to read this book, in part because I want someone to talk to about it, but also to see if I'm not some idiot who's desperate for validation in a genre that has historically been viewed as non-literary. Ultimately I don't care because I love them, and Secret Place more than most.. ( )
1 vota allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
I like Tana French's writing very much: she has a knack for descriptive, even evocative prose and a penchant for capturing both characters and places. But this one falls flat. 2.5 stars. A boy is murdered on the grounds of an all girls school. The Murder Squad cannot solve the crime. A year later, a note is posted on a bulletin board, rekindling interest and Detective Stephen Moran from Cold Cases teams up with Murder's Antoinette Conway. The police investigation alternates chapters with the year old history of the schoolmates. Sadly, the teenage female characters and cliques quickly become tiring and readers wish they all ended up as murder victims. On the bright side, French does a good job making many of the girls seem guilty. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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"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. 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 discover leads them back to Holly's close-knit group of 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 toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined." --

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