The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

fiction contemporary mystery dark mysterious reflective slow-paced

503 pages | first published 1992

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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 wh...
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Moods

dark 95%
mysterious 81%
tense 62%
reflective 36%
emotional 29%
challenging 28%
sad 20%
adventurous 14%
funny 6%
informative 2%
inspiring 2%
hopeful 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

slow 58%
medium 37%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 39% | Plot: 8% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 43% | Yes: 35% | No: 21% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 49% | No: 38% | Yes: 12% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 85% | It's complicated: 6% | Yes: 6% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.2