Book Review:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Title: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Published: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 864
Rating: 4/5

Theo Decker, aged thirteen, has his whole world turned upside down when he survives a huge accident where he lost his mother and somehow made it out with something very valuable that will eventually draw him into a very dangerous circle.

This book was fantastic. I completely understand why people rave over this gem.

My favourite part about this book were the characters. They're very realistic, nuanced and flawed. I did not find a single character in this book that I found to be flat, which is a rarity. I think Theo, the main character, is the kind of person who stays with you for a long time.

The writing is what really makes this story. It creates vivid scenes and drags you into the story, as if you're really there, you can almost smell New York City at times. Tartts writing is stunning and atmospheric.

My only complaint with this book is that I found some parts a bit dragged out. I don't mind long books, but there were parts of this I wish had been shortened.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction with a bit of mystery to it.

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  1. I've never read anything by Tartt and I have to say that the number of pages of this one scare me just a little bit. But you never know!

    1. They are a little scary, but they're definitely worth reading. But you have to be in the mood, you know? I preferred The Secret History over this one, so I would recommend starting with that :)


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