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"Great idea but not believable…"
I did really enjoy this mystery but the concept of two detectives going to a girl's boarding school and questioning the pupils the way they did just wasn't believable which tainted the book. The supernatural element wasn't explained and I didn't see the point in that.you didn't know enough about the main adult characters to really care.
Aside from that I gave it four stars because I did enjoy it and felt three stars wouldn't do it justice. It was good that we didn't know who did it until near the end as hints pointed to many suspects.
I would still recommend this to read.Read moreLess
"A very contemporary whodunnit…"
I was chuffed to be sent a free copy of The Secret Place - thank you, Mumsnet. I had no idea what to expect from the book. It took me a while to adjust to the language and style and even the subject matter, but it was well worth it. Tana French's depiction of the peculiar atmosphere of a girls' school is uncanny - I'm gladder than ever that mine is several decades behind me! It would be a shame to say more - the story is so brilliantly told that it's best to leave it to speak for itself.Read moreLess
"Great premise but overlong and not very memorable…"
I love the premise of a murder in the grounds of an exclusive boarding school; from the blurb on the cover I was expecting The Secret History meets Malory Towers. Sadly the reality didn't quite live up to the hype; I found it hard to distinguish between some of the schoolgirl characters - they were all a bit samey, although the author has a good ear for dialogue. The plot dragged a bit and revolved too much about who did what with whose mobile phone for my liking. I found the vaguely supernatural elements distracting; for me they just undermined the credibility of the plot and didn't add anything. I liked the unusual relationship between the two police officers investigating the case but for me this lacked the twists, turns and thrills of, say, Gone Girl and was ultimately a little too forgettable.Read moreLess
"Worth a read…"
I enjoyed this book from the beginning. It is set in a slightly Enid Blytonesque girls school but the clever switching perspective from the intense relationship of the girls to the "lone wolf" characteristics of the main adults was engaging and added a layer to the "who dunnit". Ms French has carefully crafted her story flicking between the past and the present glancing at the trials of growing up and being a grown up without losing the pace of the story or the intrigue as we get to "knowing who killed him". A good page turner....you will want to find out the murderer.Read moreLess
It's rare that I agree with the description "page-turner," but this really is one. The best book I have read in a long time from an author new to me. I will definitely be seeking out her other work.Read moreLess
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