Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt's cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement - both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.
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 their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.
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The Secret History succeeds magnificently ... A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment ... Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled (New York Times)
So irresistible and seductive it's almost a guilty pleasure (Guardian)
A huge, mesmerizing, galloping read (Vanity Fair)
Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She's dense, she's allusive. She's a gorgeous storyteller (Stephen King)
Takes my breath away (Ruth Rendell)
Brilliant and compulsive (Evening Standard)
A haunting, compelling, and brilliant piece of fiction ... Packed with literary allusion and told with a sophistication and texture that owes much more to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth (The Times)
'It takes my breath away, it is so accomplished' Ruth Rendell
'Excellent; Donna Tartt has discovered not the usual collegiate mix of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but a heart of darkness as stony and chilling as any Greek tragedian ever plumbed. A thinking person's thriller' Newsday
'Enthralling. Imagine the plot of Dostoyevesky's Crime and Punishment crossed with the story of Euripides' Bacchae set against the backdrop of Brett Easton Ellis's Rules of Attraction. Ferociously well-paced, remarkably powerful' New York Times
'Brilliant' Sunday Times
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