The police have a tough road to hoe in solving the murder of a young man, a student at a nearby boys’ school, when his body is found on the grounds of St. Kilda’s, an exclusive girls’ school in Dublin. Not only have they the murder to investigate, but they have to deal with the vagaries, conspiracies, foibles, machinations and other characteristics of teenage girls. The case falls to newly appointed murder detective Antoinette Conway and her seasoned partner, but they get nowhere close to finding out who slew Chris Harper.
Then a year later, 16-year-old Holly Mackey, daughter of another detective, brings a postcard posted on a school bulletin board, purporting to indicate that someone at the school knows who the murderer is, to Stephen Moran, a cold case detective whom she knows from a previous case and “trusts.” He then brings it to Conway hoping if he helps solve the murder it will gain him entry onto the Murder Squad. Thus begins a long, intricate day at St. Kilda’s unraveling the relationships and events at the school.
The plot unfolds in two ways. Chapters are interspersed with what is going on in the present with the actual going on in the past. It is interesting to follow what happens juxtaposed with the clues discovered by the detectives as they proceed in interviewing the girls. The author is well-known for the quality of her writing, and it is quite evident in this novel which, while fascinating and well-written, is a slow read, but richly deserves to be read, and is recommended....Continua