The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

630 pages first pub 1992 (editions)

fiction literary mystery thriller dark mysterious tense slow-paced
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'What we did was terrible, but still I don't think any of us were bad, exactly; chalk it up to weakness on my part, hubris on Henry's, too much Greek prose composition - whatever you like.'Under the influence of their charismatic classics professo...

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Community Reviews Summary of 106,957 reviews

Moods

dark 94%
mysterious 80%
tense 65%
reflective 37%
emotional 33%
challenging 30%
sad 23%
adventurous 13%
funny 8%
informative 2%
inspiring 2%

Pace

slow 58%
medium 37%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 38% | Plot: 9%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 42% | Yes: 32% | No: 23%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 49% | No: 37% | Yes: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 77% | Yes: 11% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 3%

Average rating

4.21

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