The Secret History is the story of Richard Papen, one of six close friends studying the Classics at a fictional Vermont university. The novel begins with an older Richard discussing a murder that took place within the group and the destruction it wrought on he and his friends. The novel then proceeds to explore the motivations behind the murder and the effects it had on his life and the lives of its friends after their college years.

Summary of The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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