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The Secret History
The Secret History
Author: Donna Tartt
Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another... a secret about an incident...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780449911518
ISBN-10: 0449911519
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 592
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 148 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 8
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book. It has everything: beauty, unrequited love, betrayal, mystery and murder. This book reads like a classic. I kept flipping to the copyright page to make sure it was written in 1992. I thought the story was much older. The characters were believable, if you have ever been in a dormitory type setting you will see what I mean. Every time I thought that the author could not put another twist, I was wrong. As you get to the end you read faster and faster to find out what happens, I could not put it down. I ride the bus to work, while reading this the ride went by so fast. Usually I kind of know where I am but this book took me straight to Vermont. Time would pass and I would not know where I was. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
The characters in this book all exhibit a very dark side, yet at the same time you feel great empathy towards the young narrator Richard Papen who gets caught up in something that quickly spirals beyond his control. A vivid and original take on the "college" novel.
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Helpful Score: 3
I have never enjoyed a book so much and yet disliked the characters so thoroughly. I found myself staying up much too late to read "just one more chapter."
animlgrl avatar reviewed The Secret History on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Was not expecting this book to be what it became...it is one of my favorites so far. As others have said, it is a little slow in the beginning, and a few of the characters you wanted to just roll your eyes at. But a very good suspensful book.
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Helpful Score: 3
From the beginning, you know who dies. The rest of the book is a gentle unfolding of why and how and the entire who. I thought this would be a terrible mystery, but was really surprised at how much I cared about the various characters and their activities. No one was what he/she appeared at different times, and all, including the victim, were greatly flawed. That did not make the story less charming or intriguing, and Tartt did an admirable job of portraying a group of folks who didn't quite fit in with the average campus, but who made their own mini-society and lived and died by it.
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22chickens avatar reviewed The Secret History on + 11 more book reviews
I loved this book. You know those books that are such an enjoyable read that you never want them to end? For me this was one of those books - I hated to leave this story behind.
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Before I started reading this book, I was told it was supposedly pretty good. The whole time I was reading it I was expecting this great story but I found myself being bored and forcing myself to finish this book. It wasn't extremely horrible, there were some good parts in the book, mostly at the end.
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Really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to get in to, but once I did I couldn't put it down.


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