Publication Date: 9th April 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.
Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card.
Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear.
This book took me a while to get into, despite it being a crime thriller, my favourite genre. After persevering, it became a bit more interesting, but disappointingly, I didn't find it 'Completely riveting' as the Mail on Sunday did.
I really felt that I could take it or leave it, but did read it all the way through. I found some parts a little confusing, but the characterisation was good, especially of Moran.
**Kind thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a review copy via Bookbridgr**