Publication Date: September 5th 1992
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.
You know that book, the book you read and you feel like it quite possibly changed your life? I haven’t come across many books like that but The Secret History couldn’t have been more perfect to me than it was. I don’t even know if I could tell you what exactly it was that I loved about it so much, but it was truly just an unreal read.
Tartt’s writing is sensational, and I mean that literally. She made you feel everything while reading, evoking emotions so strong you have to put the book down for a moment. Her writing was at times so honest, so clear in her meaning that it was just so striking. The characters were blunt and pretentious and cruel and cold, but beautifully fleshed out and brought to life, vivid against a sometimes stark, often gorgeous setting and a horrifying and chilling situation.
The sublime feeling I had while reading this book will forever be embedded in my memory and The Secret History will absolutely be a book I return to again and again.