The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
In BriefRichard Papen's life is ordinary, even dull, until he arrives at the prestigious Hampden College in Vermont and joins an exclusive Ancient Greek class. His classmates are exotic and endlessly fascinating; classical references add spice to every conversation... until the students turn on one of their own. Murder, jealousy and revenge define this contemporary ancient tragedy.
Why you should read itNo other book paints college life quite like this. Instead of parties and drugs, Tartt's students indulge in erudite classical banter and dangerous Bacchic ritual. Shocking, cerebral and brilliantly absorbing all at once.