the Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation. He’d been dead for ten days before they found him, you know. It was one of the biggest manhunts in Vermont history – state troopers, the FBI, even an army helicopter; the college closed, the dye factory in Hampden shut down, people coming from New Hampshire, upstate New York, as far away as Boston.”
Richard has transferred from sunny California, to Hampden College in the cold Vermont. Here he takes a course in Greek with the eccentric teacher Julian Morrow with only 5 other students. They are all very close and although they include Richard, he is always on the outside of their circle. And because they all seem so much better than him, he conceals his past and lies to fit in. He quickly learns why they do not want to involve him in everything. And that the other students are hiding things from the other in the group.
I loved the story from the beginning until the end. It was entertaining and I got really curious about why and how Bunny died. And then it was the joy in discovering that it isn’t just Bunny’s death which make things difficult for the group. I also loved how the story is built up. I was also glad to discover that the things I guessed about the different characters, turned out to be mostly correct. And it was great to finally read something relatively light and quick, I read about 100 pages a day in different hotels on our great roadtrip through California and Oregon.
This was July’s book in Line‘s 1001 books reading challenge.