The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 1992-09-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,205 Ratings


Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.

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 forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.


  • Easily Readable, Slightly Rushed

    By xgorJess
    This book for its 550+ pages was engaging from its first paragraph. The characters were so peculiar and mysterious, I had to know more. It is beautifully written and tells a refreshing original story. The end did feel a bit rushed, after everything I experienced with the characters, I wanted more. Also, Tartt wrote the book in ‘92 and it takes place in ‘08 giving it an unrealistically “old timey” feel.
  • Can’t stop thinking about it

    By alichamb
    Even though this was released in the 90s, I didn’t read it until 6 months ago. I DEVOURED it and I’m still thinking about it. Donna Tartt is THE MASTERRRRRRR!!!
  • Buy this book now

    Magnificent. I’ve read it several times and it ranks with the best I’ve read in the last 20 years. A brilliant writer. If you haven’t discovered it, I feel sorry for you. Intelligent and chilling. I’ll never forget it.
  • The Secret History

    By house of the bowk
    In addition to being a bizarre mystery novel — the victim and his murderers are announced on the first page, this book is an elegant meditation on life, death, fate and god (or rather the gods). It is also a hilarious black comedy. altogether a thoroughly entertaining read.
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    By OfficePro1
    This was a good read, not as good as The Goldfinch. I felt the end was rushed and wrapped up quickly.
  • Exquisite!

    By Atslee
    What a writer!
  • Incredible

    By RiseAgainstItAll71
    Finished this a couple weeks ago and I loved it a lot. Easily one of my favorite books. Beautiful imagery and haunting story. The use of a biased/unreliable narrator makes it that much better to break down.
  • The Secret History

    By Eleanordee
    Donna Tart's characters are always interesting but dark. She has an exceptional descriptive style, making you feel like you've been to her locations. The protagonists seem very real in a depressing way. Her books can be hard to put down; you want some slices of light to filter in but it doesn't happen and since she makes you root for a good ending, it is disappointing.
  • pales in comparison to the goldfinch

    By lwooten
    read after the goldfinch. lacks the depth of character development and emotional force. found myself coming back to the story just tofinish it, not because it had its hooks in me. clearly donna tartt had not hit her stride yet.

    By VGguevara
    I found this book through a recommendation from a blog, it took a while for me to purchase the book, but boy, it was definitely worth it. The author put their heart into this book, making you feel as if the narrator, Richard, was literally talking to you and making you feel as if you're living every detail. It's such an amazing book, with rich words, and every sentence you read makes you want to read more and more. I couldn't take my eyes of my phone while reading this. This is a MUST GET! I loved it, and I know that you will too.