I adored The Goldfinch, and I started reading Tartt’s debut novel as soon as I’d finished it. But where The Goldfinch‘s Theo had some redeeming qualities and his narrative was one I couldn’t get enough of, I really struggled to stay interested in The Secret History.
This book blew me away. It has pretty much everything a reader could want in a book, from beautiful prose and romance to adventure and murder. I’m learning that entire-life-spanning tales are my cup of tea (thank you Donna Tartt, Kristin Hannah, and Lauren Groff), and The Goldfinch is exemplary in that regard.