This novel started out with so much promise, but ultimately left too many unanswered questions. For a book that tells you right at the beginning that a murder was committed, it still left too many dangling threads that went nowhere. It could have been so much better if Tartt would have explored the relationships between
the characters more. Her prose was also exceptional, but it could not compensate for the other flaws. When I get to the end of a book of this length, I don't expect to still have lots of "Why?" questions floating around in my head, but I did with The Secret History.
I thought the characters were very well written. I felt that all of them would have been right at home with Niles and Frasier Crane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frasier_Crane . They may have been out-of-sync with the 80's timeline they were supposed to be a part of though.
Overall, still a good read, but nothing I would go out of my way to recommend. I might still seek out more of Tartt's work because it is clear that she is a talented writer.