The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 1992-09-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,054 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • 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.
  • ccaero75

    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.
  • The Secret History

    By Sunshinesmom
    Intelligent. Dark.
  • A Rare Good Read

    By $$kgplayer$$
    Mesmerized me for an entire weekend...a shadowy mystery that reminds me of The Magus, My Cousin Rachael..the characters, the of those books to read over and over.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    Such a strange novel. It’s not bad. Well written and good characters. Oh sure, in the middle, it seems interesting enough and there are a few surprises. Yet … in the end, there’s no real impact. After a couple of weeks, it was hard for me to even remember some of the details. After a month, most of the novel draws a complete blank. That only shows me how lacking in depth the whole story is. The characters are so esoteric and fringe, that their fate carries no meaning. I didn’t really care that much.