Adrian Graham

The Secret History book cover

The Secret History

I listened to the audio book of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which is narrated by the author. The novel is set in the 1980s, but it could have been the 1880s. The story is synonymous with the ‘dark academia’ sub-genre. It reads like a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and The Great Gatsby. It could be seen as a precursor to American Psycho. The Secret History deals with status and belonging in a small clique of students whose lies and decadence leads them into moral decline. It’s slickly written, but quite long. Like a delicious cake, you can have too much of a good thing.


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