A lovingly-crafted review of The Secret History, a book about a group of intellectuals bound by a secret. I liked the book a lot because the characters were believable, there is a touch of the weird, and a heavy dose of the remote. From the review:
The Secret History is my personal Platonic ideal of what a novel should be, and since I first read it back in the heady days of junior high, I have spent my entire reading life attempting to find similar versions of it. It is the urtext of what I now consider to be my favorite genre — namely, wealthy students at elite colleges exploring sex and murder through classic literature. It is, as the inside book jacket of my battered paperback proclaims, “the thinking person’s thriller.”
The whole review is fantastic.