The Secret Place, by Tana FrenchRead about another entry on the list.
You don’t have to have read any of Tana French’s earlier novels to get sucked right into her most recent tour de force, The Secret Place (I hadn’t). Once you’ve entered her shimmering, radiant, and twisted world, though, you won’t want to leave, and you’ll go right back and start with her stunning debut novel, the dark, radiant In the Woods. Featuring a hard-boiled murder investigation set on the grounds of a cutthroat shark tank of an all-girls boarding school, The Secret Place embeds you deep in the middle of a solid (almost too solid) friendship between four smart, cynical, but still naive teenaged girls, that is as teeming with secrets and lies as it is with love, loyalty, and rampant clothes-borrowing.
The Secret Place is among Kelly Anderson's seven amazing female friendships in fiction.
Also see: John Mullan's ten best femmes fatales in literature.