I'm starting out the year with The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I'm trying to read it slowly because I'm enjoying it so much. Here's a brief description from the Nook website:
Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
An impressive debut novel from a new voice in fiction, The Secret History tells of a small circle of friends at an esteemed college in New England, whose studies in Classical Greek lead them to odd rituals, shocking behavior--and murder.
This book has been a perfect winter read. Dark. Chilling. And the writing is exceptional. I'll definitely be reading Donna Tartt's other novels this year. The Secret History has been just the kind of book you want to read on a cold, dark January afternoon while sitting in front of a fire.