Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Viking Adult (first published August 26th 2014)

From Goodreads:

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.

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(Pictures are not mine)


Timely To Be Read: First Time

krC03f3U If you still haven’t notice the obvious number in this TBR then you should have your eyes checked. This TBR consist of a lot of “It’s-my-First-Time” and hopefully this would be as good as my previous TBR! In this TBR, I wanted to mix various genres I haven’t been reading (for the time being) like crime/suspense/mystery, romance, books about books and graphic novel. So I went ahead and placed all of those genres in my timely TBR! Hope you like it!

Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá & Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

3WMARIx7*This is just me justifying my actions: I’m going to be honest, I’ve read both of the books already.. I know, I should’ve posted this earlier but my schedule was just too busy and I didn’t have anytime to sleep much less to take pictures and sit down and make a blog post. I’m sorry if I’m cheating..but I couldn’t help myself not to read it already since that would waste even more time. So I just had to. Please forgive me, I will make it up to you guys!

Daytripper is actually a graphic novel. I don’t know if you can tell, just by it’s size and cover, but it definitely has that graphic novel feel to it. This is my first graphic novel read. Although I have more, I picked this one instead because it’s a lot thinner and faster to read. Art illustrations are fantastic! No worries, I will provide snapshots in the actual review, so stay tuned! Daytripper talks about life and death in the most simplest way possible. It sort of makes a dream-like ambiance to match the story(ies) being told. I can’t sum this up because every chapter has it’s own story that even I can’t seem to get the grasp of.

Hollow City is, of course, the sequel to the most famous, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. You have to check goodreads out to know the actual blurb for this one because I can’t promise a no-spoilers post since some people might haven’t read the first book yet. Although the usual theme for this series? (I don’t know what it’s called, they haven’t released the official news) is the unusual, dare I say, peculiar pictures incorporated in the book. And that’s my favorite part. With the presence of (unaltered, which means it’s real) pictures it supports the story and gives it that eerie feeling. This comes down to personal preferences, however in my case, I prefer the pictures in the first book. I find it more appealing and strange rather than this one.

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 809) & (Fullybooked, Hardcover, P 699)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin & The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Qsk0L1OwPrior to that, I actually went on a hunt to find The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in Fullybooked. Like from June-July, I was searching every corner trying to read each and every title as slowly as I could just to check that it wasn’t really there. I know, I should’ve asked. But compared to some of the employees, I tend to be a lot more faster and meticulous. Cause sometimes they would give up on me, and tell (or lie to) me that it’s out of stock. Then after a minute or two, I would see (more like sense) it. And that just pisses me off, because that happened more than three times already, so since then I usually don’t ask for their assistance. Now more about the book, this is actually about books about books. And as usual, it starts of with a bookstore. A. J. Fikry is unfortunately not having the time of his life, a lot of mishaps has been happening that plunges his life into downfall. And all of a sudden, there has been an unexpected package that will turn his life over. There has been many good reviews on this one. I hope they’re true.

Night Circus has something to do with it’s title (I find myself irritating sometimes). If not for the blunt title and cover, I would’ve told you what it is about. But I think it’s quite self-explanatory already. For the sake of people who are actually interested, the story follows two magicians which I believe is supposed to enter a duel but instead of killing each other they fell in (a forbidden kind of) love. Am I sensing a classic, Romeo and Juliet? Hope not. Sounds interesting enough since it is fantasy/magical realism plus historical fiction, which is my fav.

(Fullybooked, Hardcover, P 1148) & (Fullybooked, Mass Paperback, P 299)

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French, The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes & Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

IntolastlifeIn the Woods dates back to my high school days, and that’s how long I’ve been putting it aside. Let’s not count, shall we. I’ve been trying to collect all the books from the series, only to find out that it’s actually a novel. It’s so weird, every book from this series has “a novel” written on the front cover. Yet it’s a series? Moving on, this follows three children playing in the woods. Only one was found clutching a tree trunk wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall the incident. Who in the right mind would leave their children playing in the woods? I say off with the parents’ head! Anyway, please don’t be horror. Mystery, crime, suspense, I can handle. But horror will leave me scarred.. and traumatized. Have mercy.

Haha, see what I did there? Placed The Last Letter from your Lover next to it. With luck, whatever happens to me (traumatized or not) this should lessen the problem. Since this is romance and we all want a little love story once in a while. Plot is actually pretty basic and usual. Car accident, girl gets amnesia, letter by a man signed “B” which I think (or should be) the lover–and that’s it. Well that’s the shortest blurb ever.

Life After Life is pretty mind-boggling. As the character age, she dies, repeatedly, in different ways. On the day she was born, she dies.. but then she lives.. I’m not sure if I’m making sense or what. Even I get a headache understanding it. So what better way to appreciate it, but by reading it. Had this early February? Been meaning to read even before it won the goodreads choice award in 2013 for historical fiction. Oh btw heads up, it’s quite thick. That’s why I made it the last book to read.

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 630), (Fullybooked, Paperback, P 640) and (Fullybooked, Paperback, P 720)