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Reviews of The Secret Place starting to pop up online...
...and they're pretty glowing! Lots of comparisons to Donna Tartt's The Secret History (which is interesting because I thought that The Likeness was very much an homage to Secret History already). Here are the UK and US covers:

The Secret PlaceThe Secret Place US

 Here's the plot synopsis from Penguin:

The sensational new novel from “one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)

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.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

And here are a few links/words of praise:

"The Secret Place is a murder mystery, a psychological thriller and an examination of growing up all in one. It's pacy (even though it's more than 500 pages long), and it's a real page-turner. This is definitely the book that will break French out, and have everyone talking."

Read THE SECRET PLACE, by Tana French, when it comes out. You'll understand then. Great book.

"The narrative is poetic, but not in a way the no-nonsense characters would scoff at. There are beautiful insights into the mentalities of individuals, particularly when it comes to the close bond between a particular group of young friends. The dynamic between Moran and Conway is excellent too, and flows so perfectly you never doubt it for a moment. ... The Secret Place is something more than a throwaway crime thriller. There are many things about this novel, its language and its characters, that I'm certain will linger in my memory long after I have forgotten all about the crime element of the plot. "


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