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Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
I'm currently working my way through the Tana French series, and her fifth novel, The Secret Place, is the only disappointment I've read so far. This story takes place over the course of one day at an all girl's boarding school, as detectives interview teenage girls and try to find the murderer of a popular boy from a nearby school. There are flashbacks throughout, but the interviews take place over the span of just one day, which I personally felt really limited this book's potential. The characters are poorly developed, the story is strange and hard to follow, and there were times when trying to keep the characters straight gave me a headache. They were all pretty much the same, and French really overdoes it with the teenage girl talk. Way too much "omg, like, hello, duh." The entire time I read it, I just kept thinking that Tana French is better than this. There really wasn't much mystery or suspense to this book, and to me, it is very out of place in Tana French's series. I was excited about the return of multiple characters from previous books, but this book was a huge letdown. I can honestly say I wish I had skipped this one. I was surprised by this book, because I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the other Tana French books I have read. This one, however, wasn't worth the time. It's slow paced, often boring, and very predictable. I'm hoping French will redeem herself in the next book, The Trespasser (which I've only just started, but it already shows more promise than The Secret Place). Unless you're like me, and you just have to read every book in a series, I would say skip this one.
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