5 of 5 stars *****
Donna Tartt's superb character development and excellent use of vocabulary and sentence structure weaves a thrilling narrative of suspense and intrigue that leaves one wanting more. The Secret History is an account of a young, thoughtful man's experience in a New Hampshire college where he becomes accepted by an elite inner circle of friends taught by a deeply profound and much acclaimed teacher of esoteric and ancient language, specializing in Greek. The secret occurs when this group encounters a life-and-death moment in the woods after much preparation and experimenting with the precepts of archaic cultures. The plot ensues with the human emotions struggling with the intellect to keep the secret among themselves. Tartt is simply marvelous at creating empathy for these characters while surprising one with twists and turns until the final chapter and epilogue.