Treat Your Shelf: The Secret History – Donna Tartt

It is a truth universally and notoriously acknowledged that, as students, we suffer from crippling debt which threatens to impede upon pursuits of enjoyment.

However, The Secret History by Donna Tartt is definitely one of those moments where you reconsider your bank statement’s horrific prognosis and decide to treat yourself. Against the background of a New England University, a group of Classics students transgress the boundaries of mythology and morality as they stumble from obsession to crime. Not only is the plot completely engaging but Tartt’s style is incredible. Lexically beautiful and both wholly intriguing and slightly chilling, it’s definitely worth adding to your shelf.

As Tartt aptly writes “Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.” The novel skilfully combines that which is gorgeous and petrifying, resulting in a truly fantastic read.

Stephanie Bennett

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