Given how much I adored “The Goldfinch,” I had to read this – Tartt’s first book. It explores how a murder affects a clique of classics students at a private New England college, and is told by Richard who joins the clique slowly and lastly. I didn’t like how Tartt began the book with the story’s pivotal part – the murder, itself. So much so I almost didn’t stick with the book, but her amazing research and attention to detail, which creates almost breathing characters and immersive settings, kept me reading. Then I realized there was more to pursue – more layers to unfold that weren’t immediately apparent.
Gwenamon says: Very good