The Secret History (Popular Penguin)
Donna Tartt's The Secret Historyis the original American campus novel. When Richard Papen joins an elite group of clever misfits at his New England college, it seems he can finally become the person he wants to be. But the moral boundaries he will cross with his new friends - and the deaths they are responsible for - will change all of their lives forever. The Secret Historyrecounts the terrible price we pay for mistakes made on the dark journey to adulthood.
"It takes my breath away". --Ruth Rendell
"Enthralling ... image the plot of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment crossed with the story of Euripides' Bacchae set against the backdrop of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction... forceful, cerebral and impeccably controlled... ferociously well-paced... remarkably powerful". --The New York Times