Tana French is rather unique in her approach to a series of murder investigation novels, a genre I generally avoid. In her initial novels the reader’s point of view is that of the investigator. However, unlike your usual whodunit series, each novel introduced us to new detective, or at least one who had been quite a marginal character in a previous story. But this author delivered something different in the Dublin Murder Squad’s books. In the fifth book, “The Secret Place” the point of view alternates between one of the Murder D’s and a student. In this book, the entire Dublin Murder Squad is relegated to a supporting role, and the reader views the investigation from the point of view of one of its targets.SPOILERS belowThe protagonist in this story is Toby, a privileged and spoiled twenty-something living an uninspired life. While recovering from a brutal beating he received at the hands of burglars, he decides to move in with his terminally ill uncle. The Ivy House, where his uncle lives is where he spent the holidays of his youth with his two cousins of the same age. The body of one of their schoolmates, missing for ten years, is discovered in the witch elm in the garden. Suspicion falls on the three cousins. As the investigation proceeds, the intrigue of this novel intensifies, taking the reader on a psychological whodunit journey with plenty of plot twists.Recommended: Yes.