The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

fiction contemporary literary mystery dark mysterious reflective slow-paced

576 pages | first published 1992

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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 pro...
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Moods

dark 95%
mysterious 82%
tense 62%
reflective 36%
emotional 30%
challenging 28%
sad 21%
adventurous 14%
funny 6%
informative 2%
inspiring 2%

Pace

slow 58%
medium 37%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 52% | Character: 39% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 43% | Yes: 34% | No: 21%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 49% | No: 37% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 84% | Yes: 7% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4%

Average rating

4.2