I find that it always takes me a while to get through Donna Tartt’s books, but that the effort is always worthwhile. Her writing is so intelligent, so tightly controlled, and you get drawn into this parallel universe where insane things can happen and seem quite rational. Her characters are flawed, interesting, and dynamic. She works her narrative with a light hand, but every thing that happens seems as though it couldn’t happen any other way. She creates a sense of fate, destiny, or maybe it’s just inevitability, but it’s not necessarily predictable, or, if it is, you want to keep reading anyway.
I highly recommend this complex study of what it means to be young, to be intelligent, to belong, and to be evil. It’s a powerful work of fiction that will make you think and reconsider.