The secret history by Donna Tartt | spoiler-free book review


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.


Really wanted to read this book for a long time now, something about it attracted me to it, maybe it’s dark cover or the serious title, maybe seeing the book all over the internet, in everybody’s arms, lugagge, house. Something made me read it now and oh, it was frenetic, still haunting me and nonetheless a tragedy.

The autumn atmosphere, the author was describing the wind, the trees, the golden sun rising over an orange earth and although it was a sublime description, it made me feel like I was standing in the heart of autumn, even though outside where I live right now are 40 C degrees in the shadow.

Richard the main character told the whole story alone, a story about his collegues in Greek Class, Henry, Camilla and her twin Charles, Francis and Bunny. Richard’s story starts with a murder and it is shocking but when he unfolds the true nature of it, it’s pure horror, creepy and will haunt you for a long while.

This novel will make you hate the Ivy League teens more than the media makes you  hate them anyway. Richard annoyed me the most, he was compelled by them, following their orders like they were some kind of gods and he felt he needed to be in their circle of madness. Richard was agreeing to do weird things with and for them even after realizing that they weren’t that cool to hangout with anyway. That is what annoyed me the most about the whole situation. Camilla was a plain girl with not even a feature to remember, Charles was more popular than Camilla with maybe 10%, Francis was not my favorite although he was quite a nice guy, Bunny was an annoying little prick but he didn’t deserve his “fate” and Henry… Henry made me fall in love with him and then he just had to ruin everything.

Henry broke my heart in pieces.

I wish I could love this book but I am happy that I’ve finished it and crossed it out of my reading bucket list, it was a bit boring, the teens were smart indeed but they were trying so much to prove their intelligence that it became boring. The whole greek myth/classes were interesting to a point, thank God the author didn’t touched the history of it but I can’t say I loved it. If somebody would tell me this story with her descriptions of autumn but portraying the teens in a different manner maybe I would had been swiped of my feet but it isn’t the case.

It was shocking nonetheless.

It’s not a crime novel I guess, not a mystery one either but it is tragic and if you are into that, feel free to pick it up because it is a good book, just not my kind of excellent book.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Priyasha says:

    Awesome review ❤

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    1. Dianna says:

      Thank you!!! xx

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