The Secret History

A Novel

Mass Market Paperback, 503 pages

Published March 29, 1993 by Ballantine Books.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

In a rural Vermont college, a group of Classics students get carried away at a bacchanal, and an innocent man is killed. To what lengths will the students go, to protect their clique?

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Cold, calculating fiction.

5 stars

Everything about this book is perfect, the writing flows beautifully and the plot is abhorrently complex. Donna Tarte pays perfect attention to events in the story, you can look back after all is revealed and see when these events happened, and what's most pleasant, is that it is hard to figure out why exactly the Murder takes place but you can still piece the story together just before all is revealed. The extensive reference to classical literature was a delight for me. Overall a thrilling read which I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Psychological
  • Fiction - Psychological Suspense