Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (No Spoilers)

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Storyline: The story starts out with a typical misfit character – ‘ Richard’ who is trying to find his place in the world as he just can’t relate to his family or his hometown in California. He decided to transfer to Hampden college and after much resistance he is slowly welcomed into the exclusive and somewhat ‘pretentious’ Ancient Greek clique.

The group of ‘friends’ get get caught up in a very sticky situation. Not one but TWO murders take place and the group of ‘friends’ are left dealing with the aftermath. As you would expect, such a heavy secret is hard to keep and the group are left crumbling from guilt, paranoia and anxiety.

My views?:  This is the first book I have read by Donna Tartt and I’m oh so impressed I might keep an eye out for more of her books – although from amazon reviews online some feel The Secret History  may actually be her best book to date – I won’t be deterred though I for one hope it only gets better. There really wasn’t a dull moment throughout. At some points I even found it was comparable to an episode of Jeremy Kyle / Eastenders –  with the few outrageously juicy scandals that were hinted / revealed. GO DONNA!!  I’m all for a good ‘fictional’ scandal or two! 😉

The language was beautiful, I usually like very straightforward, concise  and plain writing styles but this was an exception. I didn’t want it to end. This by far has to be one of the best books I have read for a while, I’ve been reading a few books that i’v e had to force myself to finish 😦  (I just hating starting books and not finishing them).

Any Meh parts ?

I did go through a small stage  of the book really disliking ALL of the characters… I  must say that was a little off putting ( I  wanted to expose them myself if i could). But it wasn’t for usual reasons  which others who’ve read the book mentioned i.e. of group being pretentious.  It was because i couldn’t help but judge the group for allowing themselves to get caught up in such a disgusting situation. At one stage I really wanted them all to get caught and smothered in prison … that put a little dampener on the book for a little while. But after I got over that and took more of an objective neutral stance to the characters I begun to enjoy the book again.

Overall This is the first book I have read by Donna Tartt and I’m oh so impressed I will have to keep an eye out for more of her books – (although from amazon reviews online some feel The Secret History  may actually be her best book to date – I won’t be deterred though I for one hope it only gets better).

Ratings: 4.5 Stars! 😀

What did you think of the book? Feel free to leave any comments or questions below!!

Where to purchase:

Amazon

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